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First Independent Mayo reveals election candidate shortlist

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First Independent Mayo, the coalition of community groups that is planning to run an Independent candidate in Mayo in the next General Election, has unveiled its short list of seven potential candidates.

Water tax to be fixed at €160 for families and €60 for single households

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In the latest climbdown by the Government on its deeply unpopular water tax, charges are now set to be capped at €160 a year for families while a single adult household will pay an effective €60 rate.

Joe Schmidt kicks ageing into touch in Westmeath

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Home Instead Senior Care is calling on older people across Westmeath to ‘age loudly’ in 2014 with the launch of their new edition of Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook, a survival guide to ageing in Ireland.

Galway Arts Centre seeks artists

THE GALWAY Arts Centre is seeking professional visual artists, curators, and practitioners in all media to submit material for the centre’s 2013/14 visual art gallery programme.

City Mayor launches free senior citizens guide book

A new free guide book for senior citizens has been hailed by a HSE manager as a “valuable resource” for older people, their families, friends and carers.

Letter from Australia

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I was interested in the following letter from Leonard McDonnell, about his father and grandfather. His grandfather, Petie Joe McDonnell, born in Leenane, worked as a coach builder with Kilroys of Newport, before joining the Irish Volunteers in 1914. He had good military instincts, and was well regarded by the Dublin IRA. In March 1921 he was appointed OC Western Connemara Brigade. Pádraic Ó Máille served under him. While on the run he married Matilda (Tilly) Kilroy. They had eight children. He took the anti Treaty side during the Civil War. During World War II he served as a captain in the Irish Army. Afterwards he worked in the insurance business in Galway, and died in the city in 1967.

Premier of Ireland’s first spaghetti western at Gourmet Greenway celebrations

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The Gourmet Greenway, Mayo’s only food trail, celebrated its second birthday last Thursday night with a premier screening of Ireland’s first spaghetti western—Once Upon a Time in Mayo.

Galway academic launches book on the 1916 Rising and its influence

A new book on the 1916 Rising, written by a lecturer in GMIT, details the influence of the event on modern Ireland.

New adventure travel trail targets $89billion market

A new tourism initiative targeting adventure travel tourists was launched by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week with the aim of bringing a slice of the $89billion global adventure market to Mayo. Greenway Adventures is a collection of 11 Mayo-based adventure tourism providers that, together, form the county’s first adventure trail.

Gourmet food experience launched

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A unique food trail — devised by Mulranny Park Hotel in collaboration with local food producers — which uses the route of the award winning Great Western Greenway, has been launched this week.


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