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The Coláiste Muire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh teams who won the recent Comórtas Peile Scoileanna Gaeltachta which was hosted by Coláiste Muire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh.

The Coláiste Muire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh teams who won the recent Comórtas Peile Scoileanna Gaeltachta which was hosted by Coláiste Muire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh.

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Tractor Run for Western Alzheimers

This Sunday, April 17, Tierney's Foxhall presents "On the Border Tractor Run" in aid of Western Alzheimers. Registration is at 10.30am, all welcome. Music later that night from Shane Moore. Western Alzheimers provides a wide range of services across the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, which include: In-home support, day care, respite, long stay specialised dementia care and support and advice. They are dedicated to ensuring to provide services of the highest standard to family carers and so allow them to have a complete break from caring on a regular basis. For further information call Tom on (087 ) 4109386.

Philosophy classes in Castlebar

Philosophy classes start in the Parish Centre, Upper Chapel St, on Thursday, April 21 for six weeks. The cost is €75 (or €15 per night ). Classes will be from 7pm to 8.30pm, and will consist of a talk followed by discussion. Call Gwen on (087 ) 3450387 to book your place, or just turn up on the night.

Easter 1916 Commemorations

Sinn Féin Easter 1916 commemorations take place at both Achill and Castlebar this coming Sunday, April 17. "It’s a great honour to have Mayo’s first Sinn Féin TD in almost 100 years - Rose Conway-Walsh – speaking at both events," said Brían MacSuibhne, chairperson of Mayo Sinn Féin. "The Easter commemoration is a central focus on our year’s events, and it’s even more special having our own ‘home-grown’ TD – who also happens to be the first woman Sinn Féin TD in Mayo – as special guest." The Achill event assembles at Dookinella beach at 11am, in Castlebar meet at The Mall at 3pm. Other commemorations are also taking place around the county.

St Colman's and Mount St Michael Musical

St. Colman’s College and Mount St Michael are once again performing a musical in the Town Hall Theatre in Claremorris. All Shook Up will be performed from Wednesday, April 27 to Friday, April 29, starting at 8pm each evening. Tickets can be purchased from Smyth’s in Town and from St. Colman’s College, Adults €15 and Students/O.A.P. €10.

Mayo Association Dublin AGM

The AGM of the Mayo Association Dublin will take place at 8pm on April 25 in the Stephen's Green Club, Dublin 2. There is no onsite parking. However, you can avail of city centre parking nearby. The organisers advise all those attending to wear a mask for health reasons relating to covid.

Westport Civic Trust talk - The villas and lodges of Westport

The next Westport Civic Trust talk will take place on Tuesday, April 26 in the Walnut Room of the Plaza Hotel at 8pm. The talk will be given by Patrick Duffy, and is entitled 'The villas and lodges of Westport: house names, field names and landscape history'. Patrick is formerly professor in Geography at Maynooth University who lives in Westport. He is the author of books on Irish landscape (including Landscapes of south Ulster; Gaelic Ireland: Land, Lordship and Settlement; Exploring the history and Heritage of Irish landscape ). All are welcome to attend, free to Civic Trust members, otherwise £5. Westport Civic Trust stated: "A notable feature of the Westport neighbourhood is the number of named houses to be seen. This is common enough around many landlord towns but Westport has an abundance of them, especially on the southern shore of Clew Bay. Most of these houses are sufficiently important to be included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. They are also recorded in nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey maps showing tree-lined avenues and ornamental gardens which mirrored the Big House environment of Westport House. The houses were classified as 1st and 2nd class in nineteenth-century censuses. The community which inhabited these houses also mimicked Big House society or were associated with life in Westport House and demesne. Land agents of the Brownes, Marquesses of Sligo, occupied Cherry Cottage, Summerville, Altamont Villa etc. This was a privileged Anglophone landscape on the scenic shores of Clew Bay, presided over by majestic Croagh Patrick. In contrast to these elite landscapes of architect-designed, slated houses were the landscapes of small tenant farmers inland from Clew Bay. Their houses in nineteenth-century censuses and photographs were universally thatched, where the Congested Districts Board (CDB ) reported on harsh living conditions and poverty in diet, dress and dwellings. Houses here were mostly 3rd class three-roomed cottages in a landscape which was being striped into fields after the Famine by the landlord, the CDB or the Land Commission. These houses had no names but their fields were named, half of them in Irish in outlying townlands where it was still being spoken in the 1800s. The illustrated talk will do a traverse from the centre of Westport through Westport Quay into the surrounding townlands".

Belmullet GAA Easter Bingo

Belmullet GAA will hold their Easter Bingo in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel on Monday, April 18 at 8pm. Double books €20, Single €15, Half €8, 10 loose sheets €5, Jackpot sheets €2 each/3 for €5. Raffle on the night.

Balla CRD Notes

Balla Active Retirement Association meets every Friday at 3pm in the Community Centre, the Square, Balla. New members are always welcome. Balla Bingo has a prize fund of €11,000 every week at the community Centre in Balla at 8pm. You can play at the centre or online at www.balla.ie to buy your books.

Ballina Stephenites Hurling Club recognition night

Ballina Stephenites Hurling Club has announced that they are delighted to host Twice-Grammy Nominated Irish Folk and Ballad star, Myles Gaffney, as the headline act at this year Club Recognition Night. The bill will also feature up and coming Irish Music Stars, In-Tune, who are returning from a recent North American stint, and The Sam Maguires – a long established Folk duo from North Mayo. Tickets are available from Ballina Arts Centre, online or through a club official, the doors will open from 7:15 pm. The show will start at 8pm, where the three musical acts will perform a breathtaking catalog of classic and original songs and stories. The club will present three awards including the new ‘Garda Anthony Golden’ Community Hurling Award, and will also honour their on-field achievements from the year gone by. The club are delighted to announce that they will present the inaugural ‘Garda Anthony Golden’ Community Hurling Award to Mr John Cummins. John was a foundational member of the volunteer group that helped to re-introduce competitive hurling to the Ballina / North Mayo area in the 1980’s. John was the long-time School Principal of Culleens National School, and the Killala Road area became synonymous with producing great players in both hurling and football, for example dual star Ger Cafferkey. A club coach, manager and mentor – the career of John Cummins truly encapsulates all of the great traits that their late player, Garda Anthony Golden, is fondly remembered for.

Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50

Emma Cullen from Brackloon, Ballyhaunis, was the winner of the latest Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw, she won €450 buying her winning ticket in Londis. The next draw will take place on Sunday, April 17 in The Clock.

 

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