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Erris remembers those who sailed from Blacksod to America

One of the highlights of Tóstal Iorras 2013 was the commemoration of James Hack Tuke’s assisted emigration scheme – when thousands of people emigrated from Erris. Special guests included at the July 24th event was Atlantic Rhythm, the Achill Island Pipe Band, craft makers from the area, and Dr. Gerard Moran of the National University […]

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Claremorris commemorative stone marks workhouse burial ground

In remembrance of the people from Claremorris that were buried during the pre and post Famine years at the site of the new Link Road from Mount Street to the Railway Station, a special commemoration was held on Sunday 2 June.

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Mulherin says Monasteries of the Moy Greenway huge tourism boost for North Mayo

Ballina Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, that €40,000 has been allocated for a feasibility study for a Ballina Greenway, known as the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway.

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Wilderness Project will restore Nephin Beg Range to nature

The recently announced Nephin Wilderness Project formed the backdrop to The Wilderness in Modified Landscape Conference in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport. This innovative project will deliver a dedicated wilderness of forest, mountain, bog, river, and lakes in the Nephin Beg Range. This project arose following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the […]

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Children’s burial ground remembered at Tobarmacduagh Holy Well

The refurbishment of Tobermacduagh Holy Well in Drum, near Claremorris, was an opportunity for the local community to remember the unbaptised babies buried there pre-1900 with a plaque alongside the Marian Shrine at the well.

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A cheap suitcase that tells the story of Ireland in the 1950s

A cheap suitcase that was typical of those carried by Irish emigrants going to Britain in large numbers during the 1950s features in a new exhibition at the Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar. It’s part of the National Museum of Ireland’s “100 OBJECTS” collection that takes us through the history of people in Ireland […]

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Cycling Mayo’s Great Western Greenway from Newport to Mulranny

Mayo’s Great Western Greenway is fast becoming one of the most successful tourism attractions in Ireland. And I found out why when I finally got around to cycling the Greenway last week. I loved every minute of my trip along the former railway line that has been transformed into Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling […]

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Holly berries in May in Belleek Wood and Cuckoo in Brackloon

A holly tree with berries in May. An odd sight to say the least, and one I came across on Sunday while walking in beautiful Belleek Wood, Ballina.  We associate the lovely holly tree with Christmas, and, yet, four months later the Belleek holly tree still has its berries which you would have expected the […]

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Burrishoole Loop Walks lead you to wonderful views of Clew Bay

Anyone lucky enough to take a ramble along one of Mayo’s magnificent loop walks at the weekend would surely have had all the cobwebs of the winter blown away by the bitter North East wind.