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The four Mayo clubs in the Connacht Junior League 1A all had a bad weekend last time out with Castlebar, Westport, Ballina, and Ballinrobe all going down in round two of the league. Bottom of the table Ballinrobe shipped a 39 point defeat at the hands of table toppers Sligo to leave them rooted to the floor of the table, with Oísin Gill the only man to get a score for Ballinrobe in a 42-3 loss. It was always going to be tough for Ballinrobe this year to make the step up to the top flight. They did manage to get a bonus point in their first game away to OLBC, but last weekend’s hammering at the hands of Sligo could put a serious dent in their title credentials. They do have a shot at redemption this weekend when they make the short trip to Carrowholly where they face the Bulls of Westport. But it will be another tough ask and a losing bonus point is all that they really could hope for.
Ballina currently lead the way for the Mayo clubs in the Connacht Junior League following three rounds of Division 1A. The north Mayo men picked up their second win of the season last weekend thanks to a bonus point win over Tuam at home. It was just what Ballina were looking for after going down in the previous round to second place Monivea. The Creggs Road side crossed the line with tries from Robert Forbes, Conor Forde, Paul Neary, and David Newman to wrap up a 29-3 win. This weekend the Ballina men will make the short trip to Cloondeash to take on a winless Castlebar side in round four of the competition. Last weekend the county town side went down to a 22-7 defeat at the hands of Corinthians, and despite leading by 7-5 at the break, thanks to a David Staunton try which was converted by Ronan Conway, they weren’t able to hold on to the lead and were steamrolled in the second half, with Corinthians hitting two tries. Castlebar haven’t had a good start to the season and will be looking for a much improved performance on Sunday against Ballina.
The finalists in the Mayo Business Awards, in association with Bord Gáis Networks, have been announced.
Local heart charity Croí’s Heart Smart Mayo programme which is a collaboration with HSE West’s Mayo PCCC is hosting a series of free public talks on Eating for a Healthy Heart in Ballina and Castlebar in the coming weeks.
Professor Tom Keane, director of the National Cancer Control Programme, has pledged his support to Mayo TD Beverley Flynn for the provision of the planned new €7m oncology unit at Mayo General Hospital.
The planning and economic development SPC of Mayo County Council will have to keep a close eye on the new planning bill that is passing through the Oireachtas at the moment. The bill caused a lot of concern for the members of Mayo County Council at their monthly meeting the previous week when it was raised and the members of the SPC expressed similar concerns.
Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has expressed his concern that the live register in County Mayo has increased by almost 158 per cent over the past two years. This represents an extra 7,425 unemployed people in the county, bringing the total to 12,128. Furthermore, the number of under 25s in the county has increased by 192 per cent showing that young people are being particularly hard hit.
The winners of the Mayo Business Awards 2009 have been announced.
Enda Kenny is delighted to endorse an exciting White Collar Boxing Extravaganza on behalf of the Mayo branch of the Irish motor neurone disease association (IMNDA) — a group of volunteers who have come together to raise local awareness and funds on behalf of the association. They are now seeking local heroes and heroines to volunteer to take part in a six week intensive boxing training course and then perform three rounds in the boxing ring next March, while at the same time raising much needed funds and awareness on behalf of the association.
The Mayo and District Motorsport club were well represented at last Sunday’s Connacht mini-stages rally based out of Grange in Sligo, with over 10 crews starting the extremely tough event.