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Nine Mayo heritage projects were approved for funding THIS WEEK by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan under the Gaeltacht Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014. The total value of the nine projects in Mayo is €103,000. The successful projects were St Michael’s Church, Ballina: €7,000; Enniscoe House, Castlehill: €14,519; Killala Bathing House, Killala: €6,478; Lavelle’s Pharmacy, Killala: €7,100; Thomond House, Westport: €7,920; Holy Trinity Church, Westport: €14,983; Owenmore House, Correens: €15,000; Bridge House, Westport: €15,000; and Ballinafad House, Ballinafad: €15,000.
The official opening of the state-of-the-art athletics track in Claremorris will be performed on Sunday by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring.
Funding of €700,000 has been announced to bring four Mayo community nursing units in line with HIQA standards.
The Ceide Fields Visitors Centre is one of seven OPW sites in the country to be approved for use for civil marriage ceremonies by Minister of State, Brian Hayes last week. Speaking about the sites announced, Minister of State Hayes said, "These are wonderful and iconic sites that are familiar to many of us and are a key part of our cultural heritage. There are many places in our portfolio apart from the obvious ones - unique venues which would certainly add to the occasion for couples on their special day. We are very interested in opening up these sites to more visitors and a greater variety of uses and while this is the initial list, I would welcome suggestions from members of the public.”
The tourism sector continued to show strong signs of growth, according to the latest figures release by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for overseas visits to Ireland for the period December 2013 to February 2014.
Rural coastal economies in Mayo received a boost yesterday (Thursday) with the announcement of €1.35 million in funding for harbours and coastal infrastructre.
aThe HSE has confirmed that day care services at the MacBride Community Nursing Home in Westport are to resume next month.
The Galway City Council has received “100 per cent” of the storm repair funding for which it applied in its preliminary estimates sent to the Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government, according to acting director of services for transport and infrastructure, recreation and amenity, Billy Dunne, who told this month’s meeting of Galway City Council “what we submitted, we got”.
As part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations, Cllr Dónal Lyons, the Mayoral Representative for the City of Galway, announced a mix of 12 businesses and organisations as the finalists for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2014 at a press event in the Eyre Square Centre.
The Department of Environment and Local Government announced recently that €6.39 million has been allocated to Mayo so far to cover the cost of repairs to public infrastructure in the county after the early new year storm damage.