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Two Castlebar consultants will be travelling to Somalia in November to run specialist clinics to help and support local medical staff. Dr Meabh Ní Bhuinneain is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. She has a lot of experience in Kenya and has been involved in building up existing health care structures in the Londiani region. Mr Paul O’Grady is a consultant in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. He has previously worked in Vietnam, Middle East, and Kenya. Their key objective is to help provide sustainable relief through resourcing and training existing medical staff. The Rotary Club of Castlebar, of which Mr O'Grady is a member, will run a church gate collection on Saturday/Sunday September 17 and 18 supporting this worthwhile project.
A well-esteemed staff member of Westport Civic Offices passed away on Wednesday morning.
The elected members of Ballina Town Council are to get an up to date progress report on the situation regarding the take over of estates in the town following a motion proposed by Fine Gael councillor Michelle Mulherin this week. Cllr Mulherin told the meeting there are a number of estates in the town that have a variety of issues to be sorted out before the council will take them in charge, and that the members do not know what these issues are. She said that it gets frustrating when residents come to councillors for advice and to see how things are progressing. “We need a baseline to work from, so we can ascertain where these estates stand at the present,” she said.
Ballina could become a much more pedestrian friendly town if a motion by Fianna Fáil councillor Johnny O’Malley is implemented.
The extreme weather conditions have resulted in increased numbers of sheep dying as a result of Pasteurella pneumonia and other killer diseases such as braxy, according to a leading veterinary adviser.
A number of members of the Ballina Joint Policing Committee have reported receiving representations from a number of residents and residents’ associations about speeding in estates in the town.
Ballina Town Council is actively pursuing the owners of derelict sites in the town and levying a charge against the buildings when the owners do not comply with orders against them, the monthly meeting of Ballina Town Council was told.
The new Galway minor football manager for the 2011 season is to be announced tonight.
The future of Mayo football was given a new direction on Wednesday night when James Horan was appointed as the new manager of the Mayo senior football team for a term of three years. The Ballintubber manager who this year guided his club to their first senior county final was put forward by the five man interview committee and ratified by the county board delegates at a county board meeting. Horan won two All Stars during his playing career for the county, lining out 57 times for Mayo between his debut in 1995 in the national football league and his last game in 2002 against Cork in the All Ireland quarter final. He scored 4-83 for Mayo over his seven year inter county career. Horan’s back room team will be made up of James Nallen, Martin Connolly and Paul Jordan, Tom Prendergast, Dr Sean Moffatt, Paul O’Grady, Joe Dawson, Liam Moffatt, and Ed Coughlan.
Portumna Golf Club has won the All-Ireland Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Having They won Connacht in August at Castlebar GC, they returned to the same venue for the All-Ireland finals where they overcame Ulster champions Banbridge to advance to the final against Naas. Father and son John and Sean Cleary were the heroes on the first day, both coming from a deficit position to win their respective matches. And Pat Quinlan was the toast of the club the following day after the Clearys won their respective matches. Quinlan made sure of the trophy when he hit a tremendous four iron to 10ft at the difficult par three 16th to see off David Prendergast of Naas in the fifth and final match. The team was captained by Matt Donoghue.