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Architects take in the sights of Westport

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The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has marked Westport’s 250th birthday with a free public talk and guided walk of the town last Saturday. Led by Simon Wall (Westport town architect), a group of culture seekers learned about Westport’s urban regeneration over the past two decades, during which time Westport experienced its largest building programme since Georgian times.

Easter fundraising concert for Westport Town Hall

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Local musical protégée Richard Hughes neatly combines his Westport 250 celebration with the rediscovery of Westport composer Jane Anne MacDonnell in a gala fundraising evening at Westport Town Hall. The programme includes Jane Anne MacDonnell’s Quadrilles, the premiere of Richard Hughes composition celebrating Westport 250 and music by Mozart and Haydn. The entire proceeds of the night are in aid of the Town Hall. This exceptional musical evening takes place on Easter Sunday, April 16, at 8pm.

Excitement as stages leave the mainland

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After much deliberation on the running order of competitors, the entry list was released last Saturday night in the lead up to the Óstán Oileán Acla, Connacht Print And Signs, Mayo Stages Rally which takes place this coming weekend. Entries are still coming in for this motorsport spectacular and Mayo and District Motorsport Club is looking forward to welcoming some 80 crews in addition to the numerous motorsport fans who will be descending on Achill Island.

Achill gears up for first musical

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Excitement is building up in Achill with just  a week to go before the staging of the Achill Musical and Dramatic Society’s first production.The cast and crew of the society are putting the final touches to their first musical, I Have a Dream before the curtain raises for their stage debut on Friday February 17.

The economics of maintaining the Mayo Gaeltacht

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In 1851, the Mayo Gaeltacht stretched west across the county from a line between Kilasser and Ballindine, excluding the town of Ballina. The official census figures for that year record that 65.8 per cent of the county’s population could speak the Irish language. By 1926, that figure had plummeted to 36.8 per cent and today, 47.2 per cent of the Mayo population claim the ability to speak the language, though to vastly different standards. Statistics for where the language is living and in everyday use are more important and telling. In that regard, the Mayo Gaeltacht is now confined to the Erris region, the eastern half of Achill Island, the Corraun Peninsula and a pocket around Tourmakeady on the western shore of Lough Mask.

World darts champ to take on challengers in special fundraiser for Achill girl

World darts champion Gary Anderson will be in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport on Tuesday November 1 for a special fundraising darts night.

Harping around in Achill next month

 

Stunning sea views in Blacksod

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This striking property set on an elevated site of approximately 0.55 of an acre located in the scenic area of Blacksod, Belmullet, Co Mayo, enjoys stunning sea views of Blacksod Bay and Achill Island.

Sail from Erris to Achill this summer

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Geraghty Charters has commenced new boat trips in the Erris and Achill regions this week offering a unique way to explore this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way in northwest Mayo. Every Friday from July 8, the Nóirín Bán will depart Blacksod (An Fód Dubh) at 10.30am and arrive in Doogort (Dumha Goirt), Achill Island before 11am. This boat trip allows visitors and locals to explore lovely Achill Island by foot, bike, or even pony and trap. (The road distance from Blacksod to Doogort is almost 100km and can take 1.5 hours to drive.)

Take in some art in Achill this summer

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The Western Light Art Gallery, The Sandybanks, Keel, Achill Island will host an exhibition by Anna St George called A Place Apart that will run until the end of the summer. This collection of oil paintings is described by the artist: "Achill Island is an outlying place, both geographically and mentally. It offers an escape from routine lifestyle and cluttered mind, thus bringing about a rare tranquil clarity. The natural colours and light you can find nowhere else, Achill Island is aesthetically unique to say the least and this is what I hope to capture in this exhibition."

 

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