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Draw throws up plenty of interesting contests

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While the first round of the action in this year’s Trenalaur Catering Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship may be a good few months away, there was lots of interest in the draws held in Elvery's MacHale Park last night for the group stages. Following the draw for each group, a separate draw was made between the four sides to determine their order in the group to ensure there was a random factor in deciding which teams got two home games in the group stages.

In Humbert’s Footsteps picks up national LAMA award

There was celebrations for Mayo at the Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) awards on Saturday night when In Humbert’s Footsteps picked up the Best Gathering Event for Ireland. The festival which saw re-enactments of General Humbert’s march through Mayo during 1798 in Killala, Kilcummin, Lahardane, and Castlebar saw off competition from 10 other events for the award.

Anti-pylon group create Christmas cards

The Knockmore-Ballina Action Committee against plyons created Christmas cards for this year’s Christmas season, to raise awareness of their fight against the proposed over grounding of 440kv power lines in the area. In the group’s statement on their cards they address the county’s TDs, county councillors, county manager, and the other influence makers around the project. In their message they say: “We wish you a happy Christmas and live in hope that all of you will come to understand the connection between commercial wind farms, ugly substations, grotesque giant pylons, dangerous high voltage lines, and rural decimation. The effects of this proposed, ugly, giant, metallic zip in the Moy Valley will be devastating. For what? The delivery of costly, intermittent, and unreliable electricity that is not needed, is paid for in our bills and taxes, and carried on the backs of vibrant rural communities whose very continuity will be threatened. That kind of electricity has about as much chance of drawing in new industry as fully paid bond holders have of taking a retrospective haircut.

Communities against pylons

An information event for all concerned residents and landowners in Knockmore and Foxford, who oppose Eirgrid's intended overground line and pylons, will take place in Knockmore Community Centre, on Monday November 25 at 8.30pm.

Council to hold special meeting on Eirgrid plans

Mayo County Council will hold a special meeting on the morning of Monday, November 4 at 10am where the issue of the Eirgrid preferred route in north Mayo will be discussed. There has been widespread opposition to the proposed route of the €240 million 440KV high capacity overhead power line for the west of Ireland, since it was announced a number of weeks ago.

Sports clubs unite in white collar event

Three sporting clubs in the Foxford area have joined forces to stage a fantastic night of white collar boxing. Knockmore /Foxford boxing club, Moy Davitts (GAA), and Straide and Foxford United (soccer) will put on an exhibition of boxing that is certain to entertain the large attendance expected as ticket sales are soaring at present. Under strict coaching by the KFC boxing coaches the participants are almost fully prepared to step between the ropes for the first time in competition this Sunday October 27 in Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre.

The final four showdown this weekend

It was a weekend for shocks and surprises last weekend as the two teams who have won the last three Moclair cups between them bowed out at the quarter-final stage. The biggest surprise of the weekend arguably was Breaffy’s victory over Ballaghaderreen in the first of Sunday’s games.

Final four pairings decided in senior championship

Knockmore manager Nigel Reape may have a future in fortune telling after the way the names came out of the hat in the semi-final draw for the Mayo GAA Treanlaur Catering Senior Football Championship on Sunday evening. Asked only a few minutes after the full time whistle of his sides win over Ballintubber who would he like to get, he signaled out Castlebar Mitchels as the side he wanted in the semi-finals and a couple of minutes later when the draw was completed he got his wish. Knockmore and the Mitchels will go toe to toe next Sunday in Elverys MacHale Park at a time to be confirmed at the time of writing in one of the senior semi-finals. The other last four pairing is the meeting of Breaffy and Charlestown who will square off on Sunday in the same venue, with the time and referee appointment to be determined shortly. The meeting of Cill Chomain and Ardnaree in the final of the Mayo GAA junior football championship had been penciled in for next Sunday at 2pm in MacHale Park according to the Mayo GAA website on Sunday evening, with the official county board twitter account also confirming that the senior semi-finals will be in the same venue on the same day, so a triple header of football looks in store next Sunday in Castlebar.

Official opening of new Knockmore/Foxford boxing gym

The preparations are well underway for the official opening of the new Knockmore/Foxford boxing gym in Foxford which will be held on Friday evening next, August 23 at 7pm. Fr Padraig Costello will celebrate Mass in the gym, first with the official opening being carried out by Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring afterwards. A great evening’s entertainment has been lined up for all who come along and it’s open to everyone over the age of ten. The club has issued invitations to all the six Mayo girls who recently competed in the European Union Championships and to all boxing clubs in Mayo.

International success for Knockmore rider

Eleven year old Ciaran Nallon, Ballylodge Stables, Knockmore, has won two gold medals representing Ireland in a two-week period.

 

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