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Louisburgh are just 60 minutes away from claiming their first provincial title as they take on Roscommon junior champions Creggs in the Connacht Junior Club Football Championship final deep in enemy territory this Sunday.
Louisburgh author Mike McCormack has been celebrating on the double this week, with the news that his third novel Solar Bones, which is written as a single sentence novel, was this week picked as the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction and with it the €10,000 prize money for the winner and has been shortlisted for Irish Book of the Year. The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with Goldsmiths University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities for the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best. McCormack was announced as the winner of this award on Wednesday.
They have been playing football on the shores of Clew Bay in Louisburgh for well over 100 years, but in 1929 the club was officially formed and in the 87 years in between they have given their supporters some great days, winning an intermediate title in 2003 to go with junior titles 1950, 1987, and 1994 and most recently four weeks ago when they saw off Balla right at the death, thanks to a Kevin Gibbons belter of an effort when the game was moving into injury time.
When Matthew Flanagan drove the ball over the Louisburgh bar five minutes from time from a free well out beyond the 45m line in MacHale Park on Sunday, it looked like the McDonnell cup would be making the short 11km journey out the road to Balla for the Winter. But Louisburgh hadn’t read that particular script and the seasiders dug deep from there on in and through injury time to rally and hit the final two points of the day to seal a historic win for John Kelly’s outfit.
"Some people think I'm mad, facing the car for home on a Friday evening at 4.30pm, but during the summer where else would you rather be than at home in Louisburgh, as long as the weather is good of course." Austin O'Malley has been there and done it all before but he is still making the long trip home from his home on the east coast each weekend to try to help get Louisburgh back over the line in the junior ranks of Mayo football.
Louisburgh native Ciaran Staunton is looking to win a seat in the Seanad on the Industrial and Commerical Panel in the upcoming upper house elections. Staunton says that he will be a forceful, experienced, voice in the Seanad for the voiceless hundreds of thousands of economic emigrants, forced to leave Ireland involuntarily. Along with representing the rights of returning immigrants from countries worldwide and work tirelessly towards highlighting and addressing difficulties experienced by so many upon their return. He also added that he will be a strong advocate in the Seanad for securing an end to the nightmare of undocumented Irish in America and Australia, and for Irish emigrants worldwide.
Louisburgh musician Jillian O’Malley will be among 15 flute and whistle players who will compete for the Seán Ó’Riada Gold Medal this evening, Friday February 5, in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. The final will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Tim McHugh from Newport won the Seán Ó’Riada Gold Medal the last time the competition was open to the flute, in 2012.
Achill v Louisburgh
Mayo is to become a focal point of cycling interest this summer when the An Post Rás comes to the county, with two stages finishing in Mayo, one in Newport and the other in Ballina. Newport will host the finish of stage four of the race on Thursday May 21, and will host the start of the next stage the following day which will wind through northwest Mayo before finishing in Ballina.
There is a swirl of wonderful wordiness and lively debate in Westport today and continuing all weekend for the fifth annual Rolling Sun Book Festival.