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‘The last post’ for graveside music?

It will be no longer possible to play music at a graveside without permission from the county council if new draft bye laws for the regulation of cemeteries in Mayo are approved.

Mickey Finn on Wikipedia

THE LEGENDARY Galway fiddler Mickey Finn died on Spy Wednesday 1987 and to mark the 24th anniversary of his passing, a Wikipedia page on the man has been set up.

Baby Sive thrives as gym members raise €10k for neo-natal unit

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Baby Sive McDonald paid a visit to the Ormonde Hotel Leisure Centre whose members raised €10,000 during a charity challenge for the Waterford NeoNatal Unit recently following her three-month stay at the facility after she was born.

Remembering Maitias O’Gormaile — Tuam’s wide sham

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There was something altogether appropriate about Maitias O’Gormaile of Tuam reaching the end of his life’s journey on St Patrick’s Day. For his sense of Irish identity was deeply rooted and expressed itself in every aspect of his life, from the language he so loved, to the history and folklore of the country, its music and song and dance, and, of course, its sporting traditions, especially hurling, which he championed in his part of Galway, an area better known for Gaelic football.

O’Loughlin’s prepare for Leinster final showdown

The eagerly awaited Leinster club hurling final between O'Loughlin Gaels and Oulart The Ballagh will take place this Sunday, January 30, in Dr Cullen Park, Carlow at 2pm.

Kilkenny Ormonde Leisure host challenge in aid of Sive McDonald

When little baby Sive McDonald was born at only 23 weeks and six days, weighing less than a pound, her chances of survival were close to zero.

No easy game following club championship draw

The draws have been made for the senior club quarter-finals and they have thrown up some novel pairings. Neighbours Castlebar and Breaffy come together in what should be a very interesting local derby, that should generate plenty of banter. However Castlebar are a better team at the moment and, in my opinion, should prevail. Ballina and Ballintubber go head to head and the outcome is a tougher one to predict. Pat Harte picked up what looked like a serious knee injury last Saturday playing for his club against Castlebar in the Michael Walsh tournament final and l would be surprised if he is fit to play next week. His loss would be significant, and for that reason I will opt for Ballintubber. Charlestown are wily old campaigners and probably too experienced to be toppled by Shrule/Glencorrib. That leaves Crossmolina v Knockmore. Now this is a tough one for me to call. What I do know is that both teams will go at it hammer and tongs as there are plenty of young aspiring footballers on each side to ensure we have a cracking game of football. Personally, I would not mind if it was a poor one, if we were guaranteed a safe passage into the semi-finals!

The Maamtrasna Murders, August 17 1882

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Early on Friday August 18 1882, John Collins, a tenant farmer, having heard disturbances during the night coming from his neighbours’ house, the Joyces, went to check if all was well. He must have feared the worst because he brought with him two neighbours, Mary and Margaret O’Brien. They discovered an appalling sight. Even today, when our senses have been hardened by so many atrocities, it was a scene of savage murder that cried to heaven. No mercy was shown to this unfortunate family.

Juno and the Paycock at the Royal Theatre

Sean O’Casey’s masterpiece Juno and the Paycock will be brought to life at The Royal Castlebar from Monday 3 to Wednesday November 5. Set in the Dublin tenements during the Irish Civil War in 1922, Juno and the Paycock weaves between both tragic and comic elements. The Boyle family, deep in poverty, is made up of father, mother, son and daughter. Jack is a loafer, his wife, Juno, tries to keep things together, son Johnny is crippled from battle wounds in ‘the troubles’, while daughter Mary, is on strike.

Time to pick things up again

The beauty of the National Football League is that you can dust yourself down after a particularly bad performance and within a week or two you are presented with another opportunity to redeem yourself. I know the Mayo lads were hurting after their defeat against Derry in Ballina two weeks ago, so there shouldn’t be too much energy expended in getting their heads right for this one. I was speaking to a few of the players after the Derry game and they were understandably annoyed that they didn’t get off to a winning start.


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