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With a population of over 300 million - which is expected to rise to 336 million by 2020 - America is the largest developed market place in the world. The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy, with a per capita GDP of $46,900. Mayo County Council is leading a regional initiative to establish the Ireland West International Trade Centre located in Providence, Rhode Island.
A Mayoman who completed a PhD in Political Science in NUI Galway six years ago was this week named as the new Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces.
This Sunday sees Matthews auctioneers of Oldcastle sell by public auction the contents of one of the most interesting houses Ireland — The Elms, Portarlington's grandest Georgian house, the contents of which reflect its ownership by just three families over 220 years.
Last week's Charlestown Athletic FC 50/50 draw winner of €512 was Padraic Durkin, Charlestown. Winner of the in-house €20 draw was Lauren Burke, Carracastle. The draw took place in Davey's Bar, Carracastle, on Friday, August 15.
Plans for the Charlestown Summer Festival are gathering pace, with a dog show arranged for Saturday August 9.
Mayo County Council is working to build potentially lucrative links with the US state of Rhode Island.
The Charlestown 10k will be the fourth race in Mayo AC C&C Cellular 2013 Road League. It takes place at 5pm on Saturday September 7 and will be the first big race of the month in the west. Charlestown is an excellent location on the N5/N17 and easily accessible from all points in the province. The organisers are hoping for a big turnout and their local hero David Tiernan, who runs with Mayo AC, will be heading the challenge. All are welcome to join and run, jog, or walk.
There is to be a new magazine for Charlestown, and Noirin Gannon the local librarian is looking for material for it. People have until June 2013 to submit relevant material. Noirin Gannon can be contacted by calling into the library in Charlestown or contacting her on 094 925 5934. A food tasting night in Riverside, Charlestown, will take place on January 29. A great night is promised. You will be able to sample starters, main courses, and desserts from various countries.
Charlestown Arts Centre continues its August programme with Drumming It Up, a percussion workshop for five to 12-year-olds. The workshop will take place on Thursday August 25 from 2pm to 4pm in Charlestown Arts Centre, and will be followed by a short performance.
The next meeting of the Widows’ group will be held on Monday March 7 at 8pm in the Mayo North East Leader Partnership office in Charlestown.