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Mayo people go to the polls today to elect the 30 members of the new county council as well as having their say on who will take the seats in the new Midlands, North and West constituency in the European Parliament. More than 100,000 people in Mayo are eligible to cast their votes today across four new electoral areas of Castlebar, Ballina, Claremorris, and West Mayo.
There’s no area in Mayo that can be easily called as to where the seats will be divided out in next week’s local elections, but the new West Mayo area is probably the hardest. The re-drawing of the boundaries last year has seen the old Westport and Belmullet areas thrown together into one giant swathe of land that stretches right from the northern tip of the county right down the west coast to the Galway border. Currently there are eight councillors sitting in the two areas and this time out there are only seven seats up for grabs in the new giant district.
WHAT HAPPENS when comedian Jon Kenny, puppeteer Des Dillon, and virtuoso musicians Benny McCarthy and Conal Ó Gráda are let into the same room? Mag Mell.
Popular talks on Galway city’s heritage and history are now available to download free of charge on iTunes.
In late October 1890, Arthur J Balfour, nephew of the Conservative leader Lord Salisbury of the time, and recently appointed Chief Secretary of Ireland, went on a walking tour of the distressed districts along the Galway and Mayo coast. Accompanied only by his sister, and local officials who joined them as they passed through different districts, they travelled without police escort. Remembering that it was only eight years since the Phoenix Park Murders* it was a brave gesture. But Balfour was probably the best of them.** He was genuinely anxious to improve the conditions of the area. He had influence in London, and an imaginative grasp of his brief for Ireland. He met and talked with the local community leaders, listened to what they had to say; and sat by the open fires listening to the mná tí.
ShannonAirport will enter significant growth mode this week as nine new routes commence in fivedays in a majorboost for tourism and business interests here as well as for passengers seeking access to some of Europe’s leading destinations.
The third Galway Food Festival programme of events was announced this week at the House Hotel by Jp McMahon, chairman of the annual event. The five day family-friendly festival will celebrate Galway as a good food destination from Thursday April 17 to Monday April 21 during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Seeing the occasional poster of a local election candidate advertising public meetings on various issues of concern, Insider noted that, within a month’s time, towns, villages, and the countryside will be radically altered as the election poster blitz takes hold.
No one or nothing should interfere with plans to develop the Connemara Cultural Centre at Pearse’s Cottage in Rosmuc, according to county councillors this week.
Have you ever dreamed of walking the Camino or climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain? Why not make 2014 the year to do it?