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AUDIO Football Podcast #1 Club Stars & Galway review

We're starting 2020 on the Mayo News football podcast with a mixture of off-field and on-field action. Our first episode of the year focuses on the Club Stars annual awards banquet, which attracted a bumper attendance to the Knockranny Hotel in Westport on Saturday night, before moving onto ...

2020-01-15 11:49 open_in_new
Americans embrace Achill adventure

ISLAND GETAWAY The George Mason State University students were blown away by the welcome they received in Achill. Students from the US visited Achill to study local culture and folklore Edwin McGreal

An ‘incredibly supportive local community’ and a ‘deep engagement with ...

2020-01-14 19:01 open_in_new
Election less than a month away

TENSIONS Sources in Fine Gael say Minister Michael Ring (left) was unhappy that he was not asked to speak at the campaign launch of his running mate Alan Dillon (right) last Friday.

Edwin McGreal

Candidates vying for a seat in the Mayo constituency have less than one month to ...

2020-01-14 19:01 open_in_new
RIC commemoration a revealing saga

ILL JUDGED Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan was forced to abandon plans for an RIC commemoriation. The now abandoned Government-led plans to commemorate those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police during the fight for Irish independence ...

2020-01-14 17:58 open_in_new
Independent to enter race this week

Councillor Michael Kilcoyne Edwin McGreal

An independent candidate will be running in the next General Election in Mayo and could be announced by the end of this week. That’s according to Castlebar-based independent county councillor Michael Kilcoyne. Cllr Kilcoyne told The Mayo ...

2020-01-14 16:55 open_in_new
Storm Brendan leaves its mark on Mayo

Anton McNulty

STORM Brendan battered the west coast of the country yesterday (Monday) causing power cuts in some parts of Mayo but it seems the county has escaped major damage. Wind speeds of over 100km per hour were recorded in Mayo yesterday as Storm Brendan made landfall, with reports ...

2020-01-14 16:55 open_in_new
Mayo bid farewell to the FBD

UP AND AT IT  Mayo’s Colm Boyle leaps highest to win the ball against Galway in the FBD Connacht League semi-final last Sunday. Pic: Conor McKeown Sketch Mike Finnerty WHERE else would you get entertainment like it for €10? A 90 marathon match between Mayo and Galway that ...

2020-01-14 16:55 open_in_new
A tale of two parties

Ring confident of Fine Gael’s return, while Fianna Fáil’s Calleary questions health performance Edwin McGreal

In government since 2011, Minister Michael Ring says he is ‘confident’ Fine Gael will still be at the helm after this year’s election. However, his constituency ...

2020-01-14 16:55 open_in_new
Countdown begins to expected February election

BATTLE LINES DRAWN Fianna Fáil Director of Elections Dara Calleary and Minister Michael Ring are both confident their parties will be in government after the upcoming general election. Pic: John O'Grady Mayo constituency will be keenly watched as a barometer of the national mood ...

2020-01-14 16:55 open_in_new
Protest planned over cancelled services at MacBride Home

Anton McNulty

A PROTEST against cuts in services at the MacBride Home in Westport will take place this Saturday at the Octagon in Westport. Local campaigners who have organised the event say services in the home are being cut and they are afraid that further cuts will mean it will force ...

2020-01-14 15:52 open_in_new
Calleary and Ring at loggerheads again over rural funding

Edwin McGreal With an election expected to be imminent, two Mayo TDs are clashing over rural funding. Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary has questioned Fine Gael’s commitment to rural Ireland but Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has responded by accusing his ...

2020-01-14 15:52 open_in_new
Knock passenger numbers break 800,000 mark

Anton McNulty PASSENGER numbers travelling through Ireland West Airport Knock have grown by almost 40 percent over the last decade, with the airport recording another record number of passengers in 2019. For the fourth consecutive year, record numbers have passed through the airport with ...

2020-01-14 15:52 open_in_new
Mayo childminders to take part in Dáil protests

Anton McNulty Childminders and parents in Mayo will join thousands of others in a nationwide protest next month. The action is being taken to protest against underinvestment in childcare by successive governments. The Early Years Alliance announced that it will be holding a national protest ...

2020-01-14 15:52 open_in_new
Commemoration to Black and Tans ‘an insult’ to Irish history

Anton McNulty ANY commemoration of the Black and Tans should be now ‘off the table’ according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, who said he had no hesitation in refusing the invite to the State commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police ...

2020-01-14 15:52 open_in_new
Lucky Westport punter wins €472,958 in EuroMillions

EXCITEMENT Staff from O’Connor’s SuperValu store celebrate selling the winning lottery ticket from Tuesday’s EuroMillions draw. Pic: Paul Mealey Anton McNulty

Speculation is rife in Westport over the identity of the person who bought a ticket worth almost half-a-million euro ...

2020-01-08 19:10 open_in_new
Shoreline conundrums

BIRDS OF A DIFFERENT FEATHER A European herring gull regards a larger Glaucous gull. Country Sights and Sounds John Shelley An hour at the coast was more than enough. Inland, the day had been balmy, with a spring-soft breeze rippling the tops of the bare wood. The drive had been ...

2020-01-07 16:55 open_in_new
A New Year’s Day proposal

TAKING THE PLUNGE Vin Egan braved more than the elements on New Year’s Day when he got down on one knee and proposed to Kerry Sled. Pics: Mike Head and Edward Gielty Edwin McGreal Vin Egan learned how to swim in Dugort, so it was fitting he returned to his mother’s home village for ...

2020-01-07 16:55 open_in_new
Fun and games begin again for Mayo

READY TO GO Tom Parsons lined out with Mayo last weekend and could start a competitive game with the county for the first time in almost 20 months next Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile Mike Finnerty

JUST over five months after the curtain came down on Mayo’s marathon 2019 season, the ...

2020-01-07 15:52 open_in_new
Educate Together to appeal Westport planning refusal

OPENING  Cllr Christy Hyland, Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District, pictured with Principal Niall Quinn at the official opening of the Westport Educate Together School back in September. Anton McNulty EDUCATE Together has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against Mayo ...

2020-01-07 14:49 open_in_new
Hospice owes Marian a ‘huge debt’

‘SHE IS A HUGE LOSS TO US ALL’  Cynthia Clampett (pictured), former CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, has been paying tribute to the late broadcaster, Marian Finucan. Former CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice pays tribute to Marian Finucane for her work for the hospice movement Anton ...

2020-01-07 14:49 open_in_new
Ballina finishes in top half of Anti-Litter League

Anton McNulty

Ballina was ranked 16th out of 40 towns and cities in Ireland in the annual Irish Business Against Litter Anti-Litter League and deemed clean to European norms. The north Mayo capital was the only Mayo town to take part in this year’s Anti-Litter League, which was carried ...

2020-01-07 14:49 open_in_new