Mayo-born ‘pony boy’ builds a global construction empire

A half century after he started out digging Tube tunnels, the Laing O’Rourke co-founder is leading a drive for robots and automation, he tells John Reynolds Ray O’Rourke began his career in engineering and construction in 1966, when he worked as a ‘pony boy’, pulling carts in and out of a tunnel for the construction […]

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Mayo People of the Year Awards 2017

Hall of Fame – Enda Kenny Former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be presented with the Hall of Fame Award for his 42-years service as a public representative to his native Islanadeady, Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland and Europe where he was a member of  the European Council of Ministers and President of the European Council of Ministers from […]

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#cong17 A one day ‘un-conference’ style technology festival

CongRegation™ or #cong17 is a one day ‘un-conference’ style technology festival with a range of events taking place in Cong, Co Mayo from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November 2017. Congregation is a three day technology festival designed to foster links between attendees from very diverse backgrounds and create deep discussion and dialogue.  Central to the event is […]

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Success on the national stage for Westport singer

Westport born singer/songwriter Maria Kelly has been selected as the winner of this year’s RTÉ Other Voices Open Call competition. Maria will now travel to Dingle in Kerry next month to perform at the Eir Other Voices Festival. Her performance at the IMRO Other Room Recordings will also feature on the RTÉ TV series Other […]

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Order of the Star of Italy bestowed on Claremorris-born composer

Claremorris born composer Patrick Cassidy was bestowed with the decoration of ‘Cavaliere’ (Knight) in the Order ‘Stella d’Italia’ at a special ceremony at the Italian Embassy Offices in Dublin last week. Mr Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, Ambassador of Italy, presided at the ceremony. Among the guests attending the event were Dr Edward Walsh, Founding President of […]

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Newport Man Attains Top Goldman Sachs Job

Newport native Richard Chambers, aged 34, has been promoted to Managing Director of Interest Rates Derivatives Trading at Goldman Sachs Bank in New York, following an announcement by the company earlier this month. Richard was educated at the Holy Family Primary, Newport and St Jarlath’s Secondary School, Tuam. He was conferred at the National University […]

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Tim Husbands of Titanic Belfast to take helm at historic Westport House

The Hughes Group, Westport, Co. Mayo has announced the appointment of Tim Husbands MBE as Chief Executive Officer for Westport House and Hotel Westport. Mr Husbands has held the position of Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast (TBL International) since 2011. The attraction was crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the current World Travel Awards. Brothers Cathal, […]

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Knock Airport has record year as Profits soar

Pre-tax profits at the company that operates Ireland West Airport Knock last year increased more than fivefold to €642,788. In a record-breaking year the airport’s passenger numbers increased by 7pc or 48,000 to 733,869 as revenues increased by 3pc to €12.6m. This allowed the company’s pre-tax profits to increase by 473pc from €112,161 to €642,788. […]

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From Mayo to Peru and the Inca Trail with 25kg on your back

Image: Jarlath McHale with some of the other porters on the trip. Plenty of people have had mad thoughts or ideas while away on holidays, but there are not too many of them who follow them through to the end. But that is exactly what one Castlebar man did after walking the Inca Trail as […]

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