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Moonlight in Mayo – 100 years on

It’s just over a century ago that one of Ireland’s favourite ballads, “When It’s Moonlight In Mayo”, was first performed to vaudeville audiences in the United States – and the earliest recordings of the enduring melody were made in 1915, 100 years ago this year.

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Turlough Round Tower stands test of time

For those of us of a certain age, the drive between Ballina and Castlebar through pretty Turlough Village was made all the more interesting by the view of Turlough Round Tower rising over the Mayo countryside.

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A walk in Drummin Wood

Drummin Wood near Pontoon has one of the most scenic forest walking trails in Mayo with lake and mountain views to complement the wonderful woodland scenes.

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From hot metal to the hot seat

Anthony Hickey recalls memorable days working in the Leitrim Observer newspaper in Carrick-on-Shannon which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014.