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FROM THE author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to the writer of Divorcing Jack, and from Canadian rappers to South African poets, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature has it all and it’s all in Galway city from April 21 to 26.
The focus on Sunday will be on the team and Ray Dempsey and whatever changes he makes, but behind the Knockmore man there are three other men who might not be the focus of attention, but have played as important a role in Mayo’s progress to the All Ireland final as anyone. Stephen Healy, Tomás O’Grady, and Kevin Beirne are all vital cogs in the Mayo brains trust that has mapped out Mayo’s route to a second All Ireland minor final in a row, and it is all about getting over that final inch this time and bringing home the first All Ireland minor title since 1985, according to Healy.
Allegations of unfair dismissal against the social services centre in Castlebar have emerged following RTÉ’s Prime Time programme which aired on Tuesday night and which investigated complaints against FÁS made by the chairman of Castlebar Social Services.
The members of Ballina Town Council gave a general welcome to the refurbishment works that will be carried out on Pearse Street in the town, but expressed some reservations in relation to the time scale of the project and the positioning of the taxi rank during and after the process. Town engineer Michael O’Grady told the elected members that the public consultation period of four weeks and the submission period of another two weeks had now passed and that two submissions were received. The submissions were from the Ballina Taxi Association in regard to the position of the taxi rank in the future and Ballina Chamber of Commerce. O’Grady told the members that while the rank will have to be temporarily moved during the refurbishment process, the taxi rank issue was not part of this current process but would have to be dealt with under town council bye laws.
A single mother who had been sentenced to five months in jail for assaulting a woman just because she was not satisfied with curtain alterations succeeded in having the sentence suspended at the Galway Circuit Appeals Court last Tuesday.
IRISH BORN Joseph O’Neill works as a barrister in New York while the Irish-American Timothy O’Grady has a passion for golf. Both men area also acclaimed writers and will give the opening reading at Cúirt.
Twelve months on and Ray Dempsey and his management team and only a handful of their side from last year are back in an All Ireland final and are once again going in as underdogs against the Ulster champions. But that tag won’t faze either the management team or the players who are sent out onto the field in an attempt to claim the ultimate prize in this grade. Over the season the Mayo minors have adapted to many challenges through the Connacht championship and the All Ireland series and any time a question has been asked of them they have found the answer. Starting off against Galway in Sligo as underdogs, Mayo gave a tour de force in the second half blowing Galway off the pitch and sending them into the Connacht final as favourites. A tag that did not rest well on them, and they struggled against a very physical Roscommon side and were lucky to get a second bite at the cherry, but they learned their lesson from that game in Salthill and despite having to go to Hyde Park for the replay, they were able to up their game and change it around enough to see off Roscommon with ease in the end.
The Butts Community Savings Bank has had a record savings year with the bank handing out a six-figure sum to savers who were wise enough to put a little away each week for Christmas time.
There was disappointment among the members of Ballina Town Council when town engineer Michael O’Grady revealed that the Department of Transport had cut the grant for the town from €287,000, as was announced in February, to €177,000 due to national budgetary cutbacks.
WRITERS PARTAKING in NUI, Galway’s American Conference for Irish Studies, will do two special readings for Over The Edge in Sheridan’s Wine Bar.