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Groupama crossed the finish line near Mutton Island in the early hours of Tuesday to secure a remarkable overall victory in their debut Volvo Ocean Race campaign and finally settle the closest contest in the event’s 39-year history.
Christmas has arrived with a good news story for two towns in Mayo with the news this week that a third round of funding for the regeneration of Castlebar and Ballina has been processed, with Castlebar receiving €444,0000 and Ballina receiving €300,000 towards enhancing both towns.
A large number of members from Mayo AC are getting ready to take on the challenge of the 2011 Dublin Marathon on Monday morning. Almost half of those who are taking part have come into running through the Mayo Fit4Life scheme in Claremorris, Ballinrobe and Castlebar. The women’s senior team consists of Ann McDonnell, Maggie Heneghan, Kathy Connolly, Patricia Gallagher, Paula Prendergast and Yvonne Byrne. The women’s o-40 team is made up of Gwen Daly, Anne Fahy Ronayne, Pauline Joyce, Mary Walsh, Chris Gallagher and Mary Murphy. The senior men’s team is Damien Glacken, Brendan Harrison, Gerry Corley and John Byrne, while the o-50 side consists of Brian Cusack, John Timothy, Jimmy Feeney, Billy Gallagher, Owen Mongan, Chris O’Connell and Tom Hunt.
Mayo presidential candidate Mary Davis formally launched her bid for the Áras this week after receiving more than the necessary backing of four county councils, including Mayo, and will seek to repair Ireland’s international reputation and restore national pride if elected.
A “global village” will be at heart of next year’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Galway with business opportunities a new priority for the organisers.
Tomorrow evening heralds the official countdown to the return of one of the greatest success stories in Galway’s history as a 365-day countdown clock is activated in the city. Next year, the Volvo Ocean Race will visit the city for the second time, with the final leg of the event scheduled to enter Galway Bay on July 3.
Middle Eastern visitors to next year’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Galway will be treated to a sneak preview of what’s on offer in the city.
RECENTLY INSIDER spent a morning in Galway’s dole office. It was a fruitless stay in the financial sense, but it proved to be beneficial in a contemplative way.
It is seven days to polling day and seven days to a new era in our political landscape.
This election marks the end of an era for Galway Labour. Michael D Higgins is hopefully heading for the greener pastures of the Phoenix Park. What may prove to be a gain for Ireland is certainly a loss for the Labour Party. For many on the Left Michael D represented the party’s “conscience”.