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All eyes on Carramore this weekend

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The Carramore race is a traditional 10k race ran over a fast flat rural one lap course. The Carramore 10k has been organised by Christy Heneghan and his local committee for the past 10 years or so. There is also a four mile walk over a separate course. Both events start at 6pm on Saturday May 21 and both are in support of Mayo Roscommon Hospice. This is the second race in the 2011 Mayo AC Road Race League. Gerry Ryan, John Byrne, and Robert Malseed are previous Carramore 10k winners and Catherine Conway, Mary Gleeson, and Regina Casey have won the women's race.

Overweight nine to twelve-year-olds targeted as part of HSE/Titans physical activity programme

Overweight nine to 12 year-olds are being targeted as part of a HSE West programme aimed at halting the trend towards weight gain in children.

The over 50 population is suffering in silence

As we grow older there are numerous changes in our lives that may cause us to feel anxious or negatively impact our mood. Physical health is often a concern and the fear of losing independence due to the need for care leads to increased worry and anxiety as well as feelings of isolation.

Gourmet food experience launched

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A unique food trail — devised by Mulranny Park Hotel in collaboration with local food producers — which uses the route of the award winning Great Western Greenway, has been launched this week.

Family of psychiatric patient upset at what they term change in admission policy

The family of a psychiatrically ill patient who had to queue for hours at University Hospital Galway’s A&E department before being admitted were “very upset” at what they termed the change in admission policy for such patients, according to the chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum.

Australians visit the Midlands to recruit for hundreds of tradespeople

The AMVL Employment network is currently in Ireland for the next three weeks, to recruit tradespeople to fill over a hundred vacancies that it urgently needs for positions in Australia. This will include a seminar in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on March 21. The latest report from the Economic and Social Research Institute shows that 60,000 people will have emigrated in the 12 months up to April, which is more than 1,000 a week. In 2011 a further 40,000 are expected to leave and unfortunately most leave with no job having been secured and arrive with the hope of getting a position when they arrive. The AMVL Employment Network is one of the only agencies that presently offers employment as part of its visa services and is urgently requiring people to fill positions in the areas of diesel fitters, motor mechanics, metal machinists, metal fabricators, auto electricians.

Athlone to get scaled-down €6m health centre

Despite the economic meltdown and the common perception that plans for a health centre in Clonbrusk were fully long-fingered, a local councillor is confident a smaller version is soon going to be built on its earmarked site between Ashdale Grove and the Arcadia retail park.

Quit smoking this Ash Wednesday

The HSE is marking National No Smoking Day, which takes place on Wednesday March 9, by reminding smokers that quitting is one of the most important steps they can take to improve their health and their quality of life.

Virtual culture trail helps Westmeath visitors plan trip to Dublin

Westmeath visitors to Dublin city can now plan their cultural trip to the capital from the comfort of their own home or on the move using the brand new Dublin Culture Trail (DCT). The exciting new, free, and interactive web-based and iPhone application virtual trail and mapping device gives visitors to Dublin city a window into the hidden cultural life of the city’s finest visitor attractions.

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