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Chaos on overbooked Westport-Dublin train

Edwin McGreal So crowded was a Westport to Dublin train at the weekend that a toilet had to be opened to allow four more people squeeze in. Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy (FF) was a passenger on the 7.50am Westport to Dublin service on Sunday morning and witnessed ...

2019-08-20 19:46 open_in_new
Achill man’s unique call to arms

HISTORIC The late Michael Callaghan is pictured holding the the 19th-century bugle with his grandson Emmet. Pic: Paul Mealey Achill bugle sounds a clarion call in Croke Park Edwin McGreal For generations it was used to call villagers in Dooagh on Achill Island to the shore when ...

2019-08-20 17:40 open_in_new
Feminist feats of marine matriarch

TWO QUEENS MEET Bronach Joyce, who plays Queen Elizabeth I, and Regina McCormack, who plays Grace O’Malley. Áine Ryan WITH gender equality, female empowerment, ageism and the continuing reverberations from the #MeToo campaign still stoking the fires of feminism today, the staging of ...

2019-08-20 17:40 open_in_new
40 new jobs for county town

‘FACILITATING FURTHER JOB CREATION’  Pat Hughes of Carraig Donn. Michael Duffy Carraig Donn, the Westport based retailer of fashion, jewellery and giftware, last week announced plans to open a new retail outlet and warehouse in Castlebar. The company, which currently operates 40 ...

2019-08-20 16:37 open_in_new
Mayo football a game of opinions

SHAKE ON IT  Mayo goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly shakes hands with his opposite number, Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton, before the recent All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Pic: Sportsfile Colin Sheridan

“We are all part of the same hypocrisy.” - Al Pacino, Godfather Part ...

2019-08-20 16:37 open_in_new
Keem Bay ranked third in the world

Edwin McGreal Only a beach in the sun-soaked Caribbean and a beach in a Hawaiian paradise stood in the way of Achill’s Keem Bay of being ranked the world’s best beach. The island’s jewel has been ranked third by another prestigious travel magazine mere weeks after a leading travel ...

2019-08-20 16:37 open_in_new
Contemporary echoes of Clew Bay drowning tragedy

On The Edge Áine Ryan AS Westport Quay basks in the booming blitz of visitors during these last weeks of the summer season, it is difficult to contemplate the scenes that must have ensued in the wake of the Clew Bay drowning tragedy of 1894. The 125th anniversary of the horrific event, ...

2019-08-20 16:37 open_in_new
Westival dreams big for 2019

STOP MOTION Among the highlights of last year’s packed Westival programme were the major art exhibitions held in the former Dunnes Stores building on Castlebar Street. Pic: Michael McLaughlin Lots of opportunities for local businesses to get on board and feel the benefits ...

2019-08-20 16:37 open_in_new
Mayo ladies’ run to semi-final ‘a miracle’

KEY FIGURE Mayo’s Sarah Rowe in action against Sarah Lynch of Galway in the drawn Connacht Final this year. Pic Sportsfile Analysis Diane O’Hora

AT the start of the championship nobody outside of their own camp gave the Mayo ladies any chance of being in an All-Ireland ...

2019-08-20 15:34 open_in_new
More success for Doherty brothers

DOUBLE SUCCESS Westport native Con Doherty is seen here crossing the finish line in first place after his European gold medal in Malmo. Ger Flanagan THE well-known Doherty siblings in Westport had a busy and decorated couple of weeks in the world of athletics, with Con, Aaron and Ethan ...

2019-08-20 15:34 open_in_new
Westport Bank Garden sold

Trust fears town-centre amenity has been lost to Westport community

Áine Ryan

TWENTY years after Westport Civic Trust (the Trust) started a campaign to save the old Bank of Ireland Garden as a public amenity, the heritage site has been sold to a private bidder for €500,000, ...

2019-08-20 15:34 open_in_new
Council says CCTV cameras at Brackloon ‘unauthorised’

‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’  Cllr Peter Flynn Áine Ryan MAYO County Council’s enforcement department has confirmed that CCTV cameras erected at the entrance to Brackloon Woods are deemed as an unauthorised development, The Mayo News can confirm. The local authority will now take ...

2019-08-20 15:34 open_in_new
3 things we learned from Mayo’s summer

Edwin McGreal Talent found, more needed   James Horan handed out eight debuts this summer and three of them – Matthew Ruane, Fionn McDonagh and James Carr did well enough that they all started the biggest game of the year against Dublin. The question now is can the other five ...

2019-08-20 15:34 open_in_new
HSE moves to fill Lahardane GP position

SEEKING FIRM PROGRESS  Senator Michelle Mulherin Senator Michelle Mulherin has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that the vacant GP position in Lahardane has been offered to a successful candidate, following the retirement of Dr Paul Nolan in 2018. Public concern had been expressed in The ...

2019-08-20 14:31 open_in_new
Foxford fabric found in Florida

TICKLED PINK American artist Anne Hall contacted Foxford Woollen Mills when she found the old piece of fabric. A glorious pink wool fabric caught the eye of visual artist Anne Hall in a second-hand store in downtown Niceville, Florida, and started a search that ended in Foxford. The ...

2019-08-20 14:31 open_in_new
A season to remember and cherish

Michael Commins THE Mayo faithful were on the road to Dublin good and early on Saturday. The day had a Sunday feel to it and several times it was crowding my mind and was wondering why certain programmes were not on Radio One. A full house (82,000) in Croke Park was confirmation once again ...

2019-08-16 19:10 open_in_new
GAA must reconnect with grassroots

An Cailín Rua Anne-Marie Flynn This is not sour grapes. The outcome on Saturday was not the one we wanted, but even if we were celebrating a win, well, it still matters. This isn’t really designed as a moan about the GAA. If you were to lay out the many positive things about the ...

2019-08-13 18:43 open_in_new
Jimmy Geraghty

Jimmy Geraghty, Dooncastle, Westport passed away at Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar on Saturday June 15, 2019.  Jimmy was a kind and generous man who always had a kind word for everyone he met. He was well respected by his neighbours and friends. Jimmy spent his days looking after his farm ...

2019-08-13 18:43 open_in_new
Mayo’s forgotten health crusade

County View John Healy For a few short years, it had shone like a beacon across the country before fading into oblivion, written out of history. The Women’s National Health Association was formed in 1907 with the laudable objective of eliminating tuberculosis, then rampant throughout the ...

2019-08-13 17:40 open_in_new
Mayo tale goes global

IN HARMONY Members of the Mayo Concert Orchestra performing. They will be central players in their conductor Kathy Fahey’s new music and contemporary dance production, Fáinne Óir. Pic: Alison Laredo

Composer and conductor Kathy Fahey is bringing an ambitious new music and ...

2019-08-13 17:40 open_in_new
Dublin’s dominance looks here to stay

THE EYES HAVE IT Mayo manager James Horan shakes hands with Dublin's Jim Gavin after Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Pic: Sportsfile Mayo fought the good fight but Dublin are on a different level Overview Edwin McGreal THE dream is over. For those Mayo ...

2019-08-13 15:34 open_in_new