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On December 7 1922, Pádraic Ó Máille TD and his friend Sean Hales TD of Cork, walked out of a hotel on Ormonde Quay, by Dublin’s river Liffy. They just had lunch, and were on their way back to the Dáil in Leinster House, a short drive away. Ó Máille, Galway city and Connemara’s first TD, had been appointed Leas Ceann Comhairle (deputy speaker). As they reached their car a gunman stepped forward and opened fire. Both men were hit, but Hales was bleeding profusely. Although seriously injured Ó Máille managed to get Hales into the car and drove to the nearest hospital, where he collapsed, and died.
Athlone Institute of Technology will launch a comprehensive student sexual health service to meet the needs of its growing student population, 61 percent of whom are aged 18-24 and are classified as ‘high risk’ for sexually transmitted infections.
Senator Michelle Mulherin confirmed earlier this week that An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has accepted her invitation to come to Mayo today, September 20, when he will visit Ballina, Knock and Castlebar.
IT IS most unusual that the sequel to a wonderful book is anywhere near as good as the first one. In 2015 Patricia Forde’s The Wordsmith was published to great acclaim, winning several awards, and introducing readers to Letta the Wordsmith, whose job it is to hand out words to people who need them.
Unlike the men executed after the 1916 Rising, there was little of the same idealisation given to the hundreds of men and women who died in the War of Independence, or, more emphatically, those executed during the regretable Civil War.
Athlone Branch Fine Gael held a very successful social BBQ in The Villager, Glasson recently, with special guest on the night being Maria Walsh MEP.
The planned closure by the HSE of the South Westmeath Hospice palliative care unit in Athlone has been shelved. The news was confirmed by Minister for Health, Simon Harris, following a meeting led by Minister of State, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at which Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy Peter Burke and hospice committee members, Joe Whelan and Clare Lennon, were also in attendance.
Highlights of the homecoming of five men, from Mayo, Mullingar and London, who cycled from Lourdes to Knock in five days will be broadcast on the iMayo TV show on Saturday, August 17 at 8pm and again on Tuesday, August 20, at 12.30pm.
Senator Michelle Mulherin has challenged Irish Water to come clean on its plans for its Ballina Waste Water Treatment plant at Belleek amid concerns in the town that there are moves underway to develop the site as a sludge hub for Mayo.
Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle has claimed that people who are sick or elderly and can't get to a polling station to vote, are having to pay doctors for medical certificates in order to get a postal vote to vote at elections.