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Galway takes a ‘quick-step’ towards becoming an age friendly county

Last week, the Menlo Park Hotel hosted an event which saw more than 250 older people from the Galway city, county and islands come together as part of the Age Friendly County programme for Galway.

The time that Máirtín Plásán was best man at the wedding

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“They’re coming. They’re coming, look! They’re coming at last,” said old John Larry. “ Look at them down in Leighleitir”... “ Who’s winning?” said Micilín Deaid, “It’s not our giorrán by any chance?” “No, I don’t think so,” said another. “There’s a black one in front with a white star”.... “ Come on Garrai Gamhain!” shouted one. “ Come on Leamhcoill!” roared another. “ Up Leitir Í! Said a few young lads. “ Come on Cnoc ar Eas Thoir!” answered others.

Mayo sports nutrition company to create twenty new jobs

A Mayo sports nutrition and food supplement manufacturing company is to create 20 new jobs as part of an expansion plan, to add to its existing 25 staff. Bioshell Teo, a manufacturer of healthcare products based in the Mayo Gaeltacht, will begin recruiting immediately for the new jobs.

Local hoteliers welcome renewal implementation group

Kilkenny hoteliers today welcomed the setting up by Minister Hanafin of an industry-wide group to oversee and drive actions on measures to support tourism in Ireland.

Mayo hoteliers welcome new group

Mayo hoteliers this week welcomed the setting up by Minister Mary Hanafin of an industry wide group to oversee and drive actions on measures to support tourism in Ireland. Fergal Ryan, Chairman of the Mayo branch of Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), stated that tourism must remain to the fore of Government policy and decision making if Ireland’s largest indigenous industry is to play its full role in the recovery of the Irish economy. In particular, Mr Ryan welcomed the commitment shown by Minister Hanafin in chairing the renewal implementation group and the Government’s acknowledgement of the importance of maintaining investment in overseas marketing. He also congratulated local hotelier John Raftery, chairman of the IHF Marketing Committee and proprietor of the Downhill Inn Hotel, Ballina, on his appointment to the Group.

Lucky Centra shopper wins VW Beetle

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John Raftery, owner of Centra, Claremorris, was delighted to present Ms Ruth Kilgallon with the keys of a brand new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet that she won in the store as part of Centra’s Set for Summer campaign which ran during July and August this year.

Mayo hoteliers slam proposed hikes in energy bills

Requests by the ESB and Bord Gáis to raise energy charges from January 1 have been condemned by Mayo hoteliers as outrageous and blatantly insulting to Irish industry in its present economic state. The Mayo Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) states that seeking increases at a time of economic crisis is out of step with the reality of Ireland’s worsening economic conditions and that no increases will be acceptable to the IHF and its 1,000 members throughout the country who are seriously struggling to survive. The federation states that the government needs to intervene urgently to stop any electricity or gas price increases and show clear leadership to support Irish industry in dealing with its current serious challenges.

Mayo hoteliers condemn ESB wage increases

Mayo hoteliers have condemned as outrageous the decision by the board of the ESB to pay the 3.5 per cent wage increase under Towards 2016 (the first phase of the transition agreement). The Mayo branch of the Irish Hotels Federation has questioned whether the board of the ESB has fully grasped the perilous condition of the Irish economy and calls on the Commission on Energy Regulation (CER) to intervene immediately and instruct the board to reverse its decision and to disallow wage increases in the calculation energy tariffs. It states that any increases would further erode Irish industry’s competitiveness, particularly when the focus should now be on seeking whatever means possible to reduce electricity costs.

Mayo hoteliers call on banks to increase credit facilities

The Mayo branch of the Irish Hotels Federation has called on Irish banks to deliver on their obligations under the Government recapitalisation scheme and immediately increase the flow of lending to small and medium enterprises. John Raftery, chairman, Mayo branch, IHF highlighted the lack of funding and stated that action taken by the Government has so far failed to deliver for the hotel sector any significant increase in credit facilities.


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