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Sunday week, July 26, is Reek Sunday, or Garland Sunday or Garlic Sunday or even Crom Dubh Sunday, and I am sure there are many other names to describe the famous pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, when many thousands climb to its rocky summit.
SINGER-SONGWRITER and artist Jim McKee, along with Ray O’Brien, Joyce Redmond, and James Gallagher will give in concert in aid of MADRA and the Thai Animal Sanctuary.
The elected members of Mayo County Council approved the raising of a €7.3 million loan to fund the purchase of a 17.5 per cent stake in Ireland West Airport Knock by seven local authorities (Mayo County Council, Sligo County Council, Roscommon County Council, Donegal County Council, Leitrim County Council, Galway County Council, and Galway City Council) in the region at their meeting on Monday. The funding will be used to try to secure the future of the airport which saw more than 700,000 passengers use the airport last year.
Independent University Senator Rónán Mullen has expressed disappointment and frustration at the revelation that the Saolta Hospital Group (including Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital) spent €169,444.80 hiring the PR consultancy firm Setanta communications.
Despite leading by a brace of goals on two occasions – including being ahead by 3-1 with less than five minutes of normal time remaining – the senior soccer side from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, suffered the heartache of losing last Wednesday afternoon’s epic John Murphy Cup final in extra-time to St Peter’s Community School, Passage West, at the resplendent Mullingar Athletic AFC complex.
A public consultation day is to be held in Athlone on February 17 to allow members of the public to have their say on the Flood Risk Management Plan for the area.
Local councillors had a chance to check on the progress of the Greenway cycleway project as works reached Moate last week.