heritage maps

Explore Mayo heritage on your phone or tablet for free

You can now explore Ireland’s and Mayo’s heritage for free on your phone or tablet. HeritageMaps.ie provides free web access to information on the built, cultural and natural heritage around Ireland and offshore. Developed by the Heritage Council and a range of partners, including local authority heritage officers, there are over 600 datasets displayed in […]

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dark skies

Weekend training course for Mayo Dark Sky Park ambassadors

The glorious Mayo Dark Sky Park has great potential to bring many visitors in appreciation of our local outstanding nightscape. Part of the qualifying criteria for the award is to offer visitors a chance to view the full array of visible night sky phenomena such as Aurora Borealis, Milky Way, Zodiacal light and other planetary […]

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Loretta Clarke is Boston College’s golden girl

America’s prestigious Boston College university has honoured Ballina woman Loretta Clarke for her skill as a consummate collector of historical artifacts. Loretta travelled to Boston last November, having made much of her private historical collection available to the university’s renowned Burns Library, and was honoured with a specially commissioned gold medal. Like her late brother, […]

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GMIT to develop food innovation project

GMIT has been awarded EU funding for a project called Creating Entrepreneurs in Food (CEF), which aims to build food innovation and entrepreneurship-focused rural communities and economies in the west, and develop a model for Ireland and Europe. The funding of just over €220,000, from the European Erasmus Action Fund, has been allocated to Dr […]

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Mayo generosity grants gift of life

A Polish man is getting a second chance at life thanks to the support of the people of Mayo. In October, a story by the Western People revealed the story of Marcin Mazur, a 42- year-old Castlebar resident who was in urgent need of a life-saving operation. He had suffered a brain aneurysm in December […]

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Swinford barrister takes top role on King’s Inns council

Swinford native Maura King has just been elected to the prestigious Practicing Bar Panel of the Council of King’s Inns. Anyone wishing to acquire the degree of barrister at law and be called to the bar must attend the King’s Inns, which was established in 1541. The Council of the King’s Inns manages most aspects […]

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Local groups boost fund for Ballinrobe’s new town hall

The campaign to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall was given a boost over the festive period when several groups donated funds from local events. Ballinrobe Folk Choir, the Wilde River Drama Group, and St Joseph’s Primary School all did their bit to push the campaign along with the Town Hall Fund benefitting to the tune of […]

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Mayo relatives witness Vice President Biden’s award

US President Barack Obama surprised his Vice President Joe Biden by bestowing on him America’s highest civilian honour last Thursday. Mr Biden was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in the White House, and three members of his Mayo family were there to witness the historic occasion: Knockmore’s Laurita Blewitt, her […]

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Make a mark

Local students star at Young Scientists Exhibition 2017

Mayo students excelled at the 53rd BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition. Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey students Sarah and Mary Murphy have previously hit the headlines for their innovative ‘Make a Mark – Sheep Marking Gun’, and the girls wowed the judges at the exhibition. They took third place in the Senior […]

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