Ecstasies of vacuuming wallpaper in an Irish castle

Journalist Giles Coren has always struck me as the poor man’s AA Gill, a writer he revered but has never matched for elegance, wit, insight or provocation. Even when he eviscerates a restaurant as the worst he’s ever reviewed, as he did recently in the London Times, it comes across as over the top, lacking […]

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€91,000 for Ballina projects through Leader programme

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced Leader funding of €91,896 for communities in the Ballina area. The funding for these projects will be provided by Minister Ring’s department and directed through the Mayo Leader Local Action Group. Minister Ring said: “I’m delighted to have approved support for these projects which will provide […]

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Million-euro boost as Ballina to find its Other Voices

Ballina will welcome one of the world’s most prestigious and critically acclaimed music festivals this September when it hosts a leg of Other Voices. The festival which started off in Dingle 15 years ago has grown to become one of the most prestigious music events in the global calender with the likes of Ed Sheeran, […]

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Fresh jobs hope for new Castlebar IDA facility

REPRESENTATIVES of Mayo County Council and Castlebar Municipal District, have met with senior executives from IDA Ireland at their offices in Ireland House, New York. Among items discussed was the future of the IDA facility on the Breaffy Road in Castlebar. Councillor Michael Kilcoyne said he has renewed confidence in the IDA finding a suitable […]

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Where can you get the best breakfast in Ireland?……..Mayo!

The champions of breakfast across Ireland have just been announced with two castles on the Wild Atlantic Way taking gold in the top tier categories, at an event celebrating the Cinderella of the culinary scene. Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, was deemed to offer the best start to the day in the five-star category at the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards […]

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Mayo woman honoured in Leinster House for 40 years of loyal service

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has paid tribute to Deirdre Chambers of Newport, who has been honoured by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. as well as by ministers, TDs, senators and staff in Leinster House for 40 years of service in the national parliament. Minister Ring said: “The tribute reflects the affection […]

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‘Salt of the Earth’ art exhibition opens in Newport

Art exhibitions and butchers don’t usually come together in the same breath, but Kelly’s Artisan Butchers Newport have decided to change that. Anne McCarthy of Mayo County Council officially opened a ‘Salt of the Earth’ art exhibition on Thursday, March 15, in Kelly’s Kitchen, next door to the butchers’ shop. The show is part of […]

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Blacksod remembers R116 crew who ‘gave their lives to serve and to save’

Representatives of each of the emergency services involved in last year’s search carry wreaths in a guard of honour at Blacksod Lighthouse and Pier to mark the first anniversary of the Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 crash at Blackrock Island. From left: Michael Cattigan, RNLI; Lt Commander Stuart Armstrong, Irish Naval Service; Garda Sinéad Barrett […]

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