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Ballina comes in the right top ten list when it comes to risk of automation

A new study has found that two in every five jobs in Ireland are at 'high risk from automation' - however there was good news for Ballina. The report found that the north Mayo town was among the towns at least risk of automation taking jobs - coming in at eighth place in the list of towns at least risk to automation. The survey studied towns with a population of over 1,500 people.

Lent Challenge for Hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice invite you to join them for the ‘Lent Challenge ‘and give up one item per day from your household. Collect one item per day and at the end of the 40 day challenge drop your items to one of their Hospice shops. The items can be clothes, shoes, bric a brac, jewellery and anything goes. The shops are located in Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Swinford, Westport, Belmullet and Ballina. All support appreciated.

Charlestown brothers release poster for new movie

Charlestown film-making brothers, Alan and Anthony Mulligan, have released the poster for their new movie 'The Limit Of', which will be released in cinemas in April. The psychological thriller which stars Laurence O'Fuarain and Sarah Carroll will be released in to cinemas on Friday, April 5.

Crossmolina flood relief back to 2020

Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Loftus expressed his disappointment it will be at least 2020 before a flood relief scheme for Crossmolina gets underway. Cllr Loftus said at the recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District: "We are four years waiting for this scheme and with the latest delay, we could have another three winters of potential flooding." Loftus did say that he was thankful that at least the funding for the scheme has been ring fenced.

Mayo History Conference this weekend

The inaugural Mayo History Conference will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, in the Gateway Hotel in Swinford. The conference is part of the town's 250th birthday celebrations. The conference will get underway at 9am and costs €30 for the day including lunch - the theme of the conference is Mayo through the Ages.

FG select two candidates for Swinford

Fine Gael have selected two candidates to run in the Swinford four-seat electoral area in the upcoming local elections. At their selection convention, outgoing Foxford based Cllr Neil Cruise was selected alongside Swinford business man Tom Lavin to contest May's election for the party.

Mediation on Ballina athletic track progressing

Tom Gilligan, director of services for Mayo County Council, said at the recent Ballina Municipal District Council meeting, that Ballina Athletic Club talks are progressing well and he hoped to see a resolution. Mr Gilligan has been facilitating talks between two athletic clubs over the use of the track. He praised the attitudes of both groups and their approach to the talks.

Grease blamed for blocking Belmullet sewer pipes

Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle told the February meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District that last weekend there was sewerage overflowing and leaking from manholes in Belmullet in the centre of the town. Cllr Coyle said that he was told it was down to grease blocking parts of the old sewarage system in the town and that it was coming from the old sewer network, not the new €9 million sewerage that was opened recently in the town.

Reape looks for new home for Braves

Fianna Fáil Cllr Annie May Reape has requested that Mayo County Council make available the old tennis courts at Tom Ruane Park in Ballina to the Ballina Braves basketball team for use as a training facility. The head of the district, Declan Turnbull, said that the council would look into it and see were there any other commitments for the use of the court before they could take the next step in the process.

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