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After a prolonged saga, a replica of the original statue of Pádraic Ó' Conaire is to return to Eyre Square following an eleven year absence. The original statue of the famed Irish literary giant dominated the top of the Square since it was unveiled by Eamon de Valera in 1935. The sculpture was a top attraction for visitors to Galway, many of whom had their photograph taken alongside the writer.
The first winter of the war was unusually cold. Commander Bill King’s submarine Snapper served in the North Sea from April 1939 for 12 months. During that time it had numerous contact with enemy ships, mainly in the Skagerrat Strait, between the southeast coast of Norway and the southwest coast of Sweden.
Members of Castlebar Town Council have called on Mayo County Council to take control of the beaches in Mayo with regard to the provision of lifeguard services, toilet facilities and the drinking of alcohol by members of the public.
Mayo County Council has hit back at a report launched by An Taisce this week, which ranked Mayo as the fifth worst local authority in regard to planning decisions. Mayo County Council have also called for An Taisce’s position to be reviewed following the report’s publication, stating that “The report is a further indication of the urgent need to have the privileged position which An Taisce has enjoyed in the planning system reviewed as a matter of urgency.”
The highly anticipated Westport Town Hall project is set to commence in the next couple of months, local area councillors were informed this week
The number of traveller families living on the roadside in the county has fallen by 25 in the first two years of Mayo County Council’s Traveller Accommodation Plan, which will run until 2014. The plan was due for review after two years and the elected members of the council were given a report last week on the progress of the plan by Martin Keating, Senior Executive Officer for Mayo County Council.
North Athlone residents can look forward to an end in neighbourhood delays and upgrade to their wastewater systems this autumn, with news the €10 million Glasson-Ballykeeran-Coosan sewerage scheme is “almost finished”.
The new Chair of the Westport Electoral Area Committee is Councillor Peter Flynn, who was elected at the area meeting on Monday.
Ireland is an entrepreneurial nation. We have earned a strong reputation for our work ethic and ability to turn ideas into money-making industries. During these tough economic times, people are being encouraged to act on their entrepreneurial instincts and not give up. Caroline Gordon acted on her entrepreneurial instincts 15 years ago this May bank holiday weekend, having opened her accountancy practice in Swinford on Tuesday, May 7, 1996.
It was inspired by a farcical concert, it got up and running thanks to a whip round in a living room, and was sustained by much perspiration from its members during economically depressed times.