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CROSSING THE Bridge - The Clarinbridge Banjo Gathering, takes place in the south Galway village tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Mayo u21s came up short against Roscommon once again at the u21 grade in Elvery’s MacHale Park on Wednesday night, with the visitors running out 11 point winners at the end of the hour. Mayo couldn’t have asked for a better start when Evan Regan drove the back of the net from close range after two minutes putting Mayo 1-0 to 0-1 in front. Mayo held on to the lead until the 17th minute with Conor O’Shea kicking a huge score and Regan adding a point from a free after the Breaffy man had been fouled. Diarmuid Murtagh who finished up with 1-5 kicked Roscommon’s first two points of the game and had a hand in Mark Nally’s goal 17 minutes in that levelled the game up. From then on it was all Roscommon and they added on two more goals before the break with Murtagh finishing to the net after the Mayo defence had been broken far to easily and Donnie Smith added a penalty right on half time after Matthew Flanagan (whose still a minor) gave away the spot kick. That goal left Roscommon leading 3-5 to 1-3 at the break and had the large travelling faithful inside MacHale Park in full voice before at the break.
BLUEGRASS BAND The Oldtown Rounders will play Jordan’s Pub in Clarinbridge, this Sunday at 9pm.
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Mayo was one of the major winners as the AA announced its Hospitality Award winners at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday. The good news has come in the form of two very prestigious awards for hospitality for the county. Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar presented the award for AA Courtesy and Care to Hotel Westport, while the title of AA Bean an Tí of The Year went to Dolores Jordan of the Red River Lodge in Ballina.
An intense ten-day summer school at NUI Galway to filmmakers engage with pressing human rights issues has been running in the city all week. The Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) Summer School which concludes on Saturday is funded by Open Society Foundations.
Neil Jordan returns to the vampire film for the first time in almost 20 years with Byzantium, but he does so on his own terms - reinventing and challenging the genre in a story centred around two women, who could be sisters, but who are actually mother and daughter.
The Mayo League season will kick off on Sunday with the now traditional Charity Shield clash in Milebush Park. This year’s Charity Shield will see last season’s quadruple winners Westport United (Super League, Connacht Junior Cup, Connacht Gold Cup and FCS Cup) take on Castlebar Celtic in Milebush on Sunday at 2pm. This year’s chosen charity is CF West and all funds raised from Sunday’s game will be donated to CF West towards its building fund to try to build a CF day unit on the grounds of Mayo General Hospital. The shield itself is in honour of the late Liam McEntee who was a referee in the Mayo League for a number of years.