Over the years, whenever I passed the road sign to Derryhick Lake near Pontoon, I made a mental note to check out this secluded lough at some stage.
I finally got around to walking the Castlebar to Turlough Greenway in mid-April and I wasn’t disappointed by the 7km trail that opens a door to the countryside for walkers and cyclists in Castlebar.
My regular visits to Castlebar are never complete without a walk around beautiful Lough Lannagh – the urban park and walking trail that is a recreational oasis in the heart of Mayo’s county town.
A new book by a Mayo-born author tells the story of the violent confrontations and evictions that took place on the Nolan estate in Logboy near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, in the late 19th century. ‘Struggle and Strife on a Mayo estate, 1833–1903: The Nolans of Logboy and Their Tenants’ was written by Mayo native, Michael Kelly. […]
The largest book in the Irish language ever written by a single author reveals the origins of placenames in County Mayo. The long-running study of approximately 3,500 townland and island names of Mayo was compiled by Partry resident, Dr Fiachra Mac Gabhann, and initiated in 2001. This ten-volume series, spanning 7,500 pages and comprising 2.5 million […]
Anne Donnelly, Student Services Officer GMIT Mayo, has been shortlisted in RTE Radio 1 Frances Mac Manus short story competition. Her story “Poked” , which will be broadcast at 11.02pm (on Friday 18 July), tells the story of a woman whose world is turned upside down when her mother, who she has not seen in twenty-six […]
A new exhibition in the the the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, tells the story of policing in Ireland over last two hundred years. Preserving the Peace: Policing on the Island of Ireland: 1814-2014 will run until Easter 2015 and forms part of the National Museum of Ireland’s […]
Nursing lecturers and HSE employees gathered in GMIT Mayo to take part in a formal consultation on the future of nursing education in Ireland. In attendance in GMIT Mayo in Castlebar were senior officials from the HSE, managers from Mayo General Hospital, Roscommon Hospital, Mayo Mental Health Services and other local agencies. Co-ordinated by An […]
St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Castlebar, are the top MATHletes in the country with the highest number of skills mastered at the MATHletes Challenge 2014 National Finals, held in Dublin on Saturday. The Castlebar students competed in the Primary Division of the Schools Challenge for 5th and 6th class students. MATHletes is the brainchild of […]
GMIT Mayo has launched a new part-time honours art degree, one of only two level 8 (honours) part-time art courses offered by a third-level college in Ireland. Photo: Keith Heneghan / Phocus The new Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art is a two year add-on degree which comprises modules in Painting and Critical Theory. […]
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has forged a new strategic alliance with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) that will provide greater educational opportunities for students, communities and industry in the West/North West and Mid-West regions (Atlantic Corridor). The Presidents of GMIT and LIT, Dr Maria Hinfelaar and Michael Carmody, and the Chairmen, Des Mahon and […]
Gnó Mhaigh Eo is the organisation dedicated to promoting the Irish language in County Mayo with a special mission to help business owners utilize the the language as a profitable economic resource. Gnó Mhaigh Eo has just launched their new logo and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, was impressed by the new design when he […]
Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo returns to Swinford on the weekend of 10th and 11th May and full details of the event were announced at a launch in O’Connor’s Hotel. The launch was performed by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr. John O Malley, emphasising the growing links between Mayo Comhaltas and Mayo County Council. […]
Parke Drama Group’s Irish premier performance of the 3-act comedy,”Drinking Habits”, takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 23rd and 24th, in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. The past few months has been an exciting time for Parke Drame Group who are unable to stage their annual drama production in the local community centre this […]
Clerics in Co. Mayo blessed the county’s roads on Easter Sunday in a novel ceremony aimed at reducing the number of people who die in traffic accidents each year. Photo: Michael Donnelly A special Blessing of the Roads ceremony took place at Catholic and Church of Ireland churches in Mayo on Easter Sunday and is […]
Traces of the Past travelling exhibition on remote sensing in archaeology is being staged at a number of venues in Co Mayo over the coming weeks. Photo: John Moylette Launched in County Mayo by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in Balla Secondary School, Traces of the Past exhibition has journeyed for the first time into rural […]