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Blackie K. Gavin

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Mayo Businesses Get International Shot At Local Enterprise Showcase

Showcase 2020

Businesses from Mayo had the opportunity to meet buyers from all over the world this week as part of the Local Enterprise Showcase at Showcase 2020 in the RDS in Dublin.

Saileen Drumm of Saileen D Art, whose works are a vibrant series of landscapes, townscapes and seascapes of the idyllic West of Ireland, Elaine Kennedy of Hawthorn Handmade Skincare, a range of luxury handmade silk soaps and shea butter body products, Rustam Kurbanly and Eliza Michalczak-kroi of Organerium, producing handmade jewellery, hair accessories, home décor objects, and illustrations, and Francis McGonigle of Rothlu, producing contemporary jewellery using batik and shibori techniques on remnant textile were all exhibiting at the Local Enterprise Showcase, part of Showcase 2020, that saw over 2,700 buyers from retailers across the globe attend the four-day event in Dublin looking to secure new sales and partners for the year ahead.

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A Misunderstanding or Misinformation when it comes to pedestrians

Road Crossing

Everyone needs to cross the road. This obvious fact can be overlooked when we take our place in the street hierarchy as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. Roads are simply a means to an end and, however we travel, we seem to want precedence over those other groups, even if we may be part of them when making other journeys.

But pedestrians, without the protection of a metal box around them or even a crash helmet, are the most vulnerable to being potential victims.

To an extent, road design takes account of that, with those on foot able to hold up the traffic at the press of a button at pelican crossings or a zebra crossing where a pedestrian has the right of way. It’s a great leveler – so long as vehicles or cyclists don’t ignore the lights.

The Beatles brought international fame to the zebra crossing in 1969 with their album cover, now Mayo County Council , the Gardai and other groups are trying to raise awareness around a zebra crossings in the county this week.

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Mayo Climate Action Awareness Workshops

 Mayo Climate Action Awareness Workshops

South West Mayo LEADER Development Company, as part of a Climate Action Awareness Group, are rolling out a series of Climate Change Awareness Workshops for individuals, families, groups, businesses or anyone interested in educating themselves in climate action.

The programme will run over a period of 6 weeks, starting from 4th February until 7th March 2020, and will be delivered in 5 locations: Ballina: Family Resource Centre, Belmullet: Aras Inis Gluaire, Castlebar: Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh, Claremorris: Town Hall and Westport: Lesson Enterprise Centre.

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The Jackie Clarke Collection welcomed over 40,000 visitors in 2019

The Jackie Clarke Collection welcomed over 40,000 visitors in 2019

As the Decade of Centenaries continues it appears that people are still eager to find out more about Ireland’s past, as 40,385 people visited Mayo County Council’s Jackie Clarke Collection in 2019. This is an outstanding 30% increase on the 2018 figures.

2019 was a particularly historic centenary year, commemorating the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence in 1919 and the Jackie Clarke Collection unveiled a new exhibition last January to mark the event, with Jackie’s War of Independence artefacts, some not seen before by the public.

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First four acts announced for St. Michael’s Church at Other Voices Ballina 2020

 First four acts announced for St. Michael’s Church at Other Voices Ballina 2020

On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020, Other Voices Festival returns once again to the gorgeous town of Ballina, Co. Mayo. The 225-year-old ancient walls of St. Michael’s Church in the heart of the town, will come alive with two very special nights of incredible music performances from both Irish and International artists while being recorded for TV in front of a live audience.Kicking off the second year of Other Voices in Ballina, we are thrilled to announce our first four acts to perform in St. Michael’s Church. The anthemic ELBOW, the formidable four-piece SKINNY LIVING, spoken word artist and rapper DENISE CHAILA and last but not least, from California, the exceptionally talented singer-songwriter and guitarist JESCA HOOP.

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Update on Supplement to the Register of Electors – General Election 2020

Register to Vote

If you registered to vote after 7th May, 2019 (closing date for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors published for the Local Elections, 2019) and on or before 25th November, 2019 (closing date for inclusion in the 2020/2021 Draft Register of Electors), your name will be included in the Supplementary Register which will be published for the forthcoming General Election, if eligible. Read More:

Election Posters - Give road safety your No 1

election posters

Mayo County Council's road safety office has issued an appeal to those contesting the upcoming election, when erecting election posters and the placement of mobile advertisement boards to consider will these signs cause an obstruction or danger. With a change in the weather over the next few days we have urged candidates not to hang banners and posters from road overbridges and pedestrian bridges, as they could become loose, be interfered with by third parties, and could fall onto fast-moving traffic. Read more: 

Mayo County Council Weather Warning

Storm Advisory weather alert

Mayo County Council has this morning confirmed that their flood emergency plan remains in place and will continue for the duration of the weather warning.

The local flood emergency plans are activated across all municipal district areas.  The R313 Belmullet to Blacksod Regional road is closed since 5AM this morning with local diversions in place, due to tidal flooding. This road will remain closed until 10AM at which time the situation will be reviewed.  Details of further proposed road closures and or diversions will be published as they are agreed.

The offices of Mayo County Council are open today as normal, Monday  January 13th and Mayo County Council crews will be deployed to areas where assistance is needed, subject to the safety of our staff.

Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes outlined, “We are urging the general public to be careful as they go about their daily routines. Should you need to travel, extreme care should be exercised mindful of the conditions.  Please be aware of the potential of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways and flooding in certain areas.

Coastal areas pose a very high risk currently from wind and high seas . Please avoid where possible and exercise extreme caution in these areas.

We would like to assure the public that Mayo County Council will update you with further information as appropriate over the coming hours and would request the co-operation of the Public until such time as the storm has passed.

Other Voices Mayo returns to Ballina in February

Other Voices #Mayo returns to Ballina in February.

Mayo County Council are delighted to announce that the internationally renowned Other Voices music festival, which took Ballina by storm in September 2018, will return to Ballina at the end of February 2020. 

The Partnership between South Wind Blows, Moy Valley resources and Mayo County Council  enables Other Voices to again showcase excellent music, provide great workshops, a music trail in local pubs, high-profile concerts in St. Michael’s Church (live-streamed to local pubs and Ballina Arts Centre) and the ground-breaking Ireland’s Edge Conference.

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Preparing our Corporate Plan – Mayo County Council invites you to ‘have your say’

Preparing our Corporate Plan – Mayo County Council invites you to ‘have your say’

Mayo County Council are currently in the process of preparing our Corporate plan 2019 -2024.

The Corporate Plan is a central component of the local authority business architecture and seeks to set out clearly our objectives around the organisation’s operational activity, governance and performance management over the next 5 years. The Plan will set out a clear vision for the kind of County we want to see in the future and the actions we will take as a progressive Local Authority to deliver on these ambitions in the County.  Putting climate change as a key consideration in all our actions and becoming more customer focussed through an enhanced digital delivery platform are examples of our priorities over the lifetime of the new Corporate Plan.

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Have your say on the National Policy on Architecture: Public Consultation January 2020

National Policy on Architecture: public consultation January 2020

Have your say on the New National Policy on Architecture Public Consultation

The quality of our built environment affects our everyday lives; it has a critical role in giving a distinctive sense of place to our cities, towns, villages and countryside. It is a responsibility of the Built Heritage and Architectural Policy Section to promote best practice in modern architecture and urban design.

The Department has published a discussion document, Places for People, as part of a public consultation process on a proposed new National Policy on Architecture.

The discussion document outlines the scope and ambitions of the proposed national policy. It is based on five key themes

  • designing for climate resilience and sustainability
  • designing quality places for public benefit
  • respecting our past, shaping our future
  • leadership
  • knowledge and innovation

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Mayo Careers Fair / Aonach Gairme Mhaigh Eo 2020 will help teenagers with career choice

Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students and their families will find plenty of long-term benefit at the Mayo Careers Fair / Aonach Gairme Mhaigh Eo 2020, in GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, January 11th (11am to 3pm).An exciting list of guest speakers and topics is being assembled, including Dr Brian Mooney, one of the country’s foremost guidance counsellors and education experts who writes a weekly column in The Irish Times. Further speakers will be announced early in 2020.

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Rathroeen & Derrinumera recycling centres opening times - Christmas 2019

Ballina Town Centre’s Pulse Taken in first ever Town Centre Health Check

Ballina Town Centre’s Pulse Taken in first ever Town Centre Health Check 
Pictured left to right: Peter Hynes, CE Mayo County Council, Virgina Teehan CEO Heritage Council, Minister Michael Ring, Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer, Alison Harvey, Heritage Council

The findings of a major new consumer survey on the strengths and opportunities for Ballina Town Centre have been released this week by the Ballina Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Team (CTCHC). Funded by the Heritage Council, in collaboration with Mayo County Council, the consumer survey reveals people’s impressions and perceptions of Ballina’s shopping and eating options, along with leisure and entertainment facilities.

The Consumer Survey, carried out by Red C Research and Marketing, focuses on a number of key indicators of the overall health of the town centre, including consumers’ perceptions of the overall quality of the environment of the historic town centre and level of town centre activities. The report is part of the much wider initiative of the Ballina Town Centre Health Check Team.

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Mayo County Council Weather update

Storm update

At 9pm last night Met Eireann issued a Status Orange Wind Warning for counties Mayo and Galway. This was valid until 1am this morning.

The Communications office at Mayo County Council confirmed the effects of the storm caused significant damage across the County.  Several incidents of branches and trees down have been reported in various locations around the County and call out crews worked late into the night in very challenging conditions and are currently still dealing with these incidents.

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SAVE THE DATE! Mayo Day 2020 will celebrate Creative Mayo

Mayo Day 2020 December PR

Mayo Day, a celebration of our county’s vibrant culture and community spirit, returns for its 6th consecutive year on May 2nd 2020.  Over the last number of years, the Mayo Day campaign has been an enormous success, garnering worldwide attention with events taking place locally, nationally and internationally that pay tribute to the ingenuity, pride and accomplishments of Mayo people the world over.

In 2019 the theme of the campaign was ‘The Mayo Word’ which focused on extolling the literary accomplishments of renowned novelists, poets and songwriters from this bastion of arts in the West of Ireland.  Building on the incredible interest and participation in last year’s festivities, it has been decided that this year’s expansive theme will be ‘Creative Mayo.’


UPSTART: A Programme Of Events Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019

UPSTART 2019 Image

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is nationally recognised for its Arts & Disability work and has been leading, supporting and developing relevant programmes throughout Mayo and beyond. In 2010 the Arts Service initiated the UPSTART programme, centred around International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd.

This year, five projects received funding through the UPSTART programme. Each project has been developed and so far, three events have taken place in celebration of International Day of Persons with disabilities, December 3rd 2019.

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Update on Lough Lannagh Project

Mayo GAA Lough Lannagh

Mayo County Council and Mayo GAA are pleased to confirm that progress continues to be made on the Lough Lannagh facility which was announced earlier in the year and which is being advanced as a partnership project.


Belmullet to receive €500,000 after being named an emerging destination town by Fáilte Ireland

Belmullet Town Enterprise Town Example Pic 2019

Mayo County Council welcomes today’s Fáilte Ireland announcement of a €500,000 grant for Belmullet as an emerging destination town. The funding, which is part of a €15.5m nationwide rollout under the State tourism body's 'Destination Towns' initiative, will see the bulk of the monies being used to enhance the North Mayo town as a tourist destination.


Mayo Towns Shine At The National Enterprise Awards

National Enterprise Awards 2019

Mayo County Council are delighted to welcome the news that two Mayo towns collected awards at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards in Kilkenny last night.

Castlebar was the big winner locally, collecting the rising star award, for towns or urban areas that have significantly improved as a place to live, visit and invest. This prestigious prize also comes with €20,000 in prize money to be invested in community projects.

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Castlebar Municipal District Draft Casual Trading Bye-Laws 2019

Following a review of the Mayo County Council, Municipal District of Castlebar Casual Trading Bye-Laws (2008), Draft Casual Trading Bye-Laws 2019 for Castlebar Municipal District have been created.

Further information regarding inspection and submissions in respect of these proposals can be found at this link:

Local Enterprise Office Mayo Launches The Lower Carbon Lower Cost Initiative

LEO Lower Carbon

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mayo in partnership with the LEOs in Roscommon & Sligo today launched the Lower Carbon Lower Cost Initiative. This project is a collaboration between the LEOs in Mayo, Sligo & Roscommon and Sligo Institute of Technology bringing about low carbon innovation to micro-enterprises & SMEs.

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Construction Begins on Mary Robinson Centre Project

Mary Robinson Centre Model

Following the recent signing of contracts, Mayo County Council has confirmed that construction of the Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina will commence on December 5th. The project entails the conservation and refurbishment of the original Robinson family home with a contemporary new build extension. The project is located on Emmet Street looking over the world-famous river Moy to St. Muredach's Cathedral on the opposite bank.

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Household Hazardous Waster Free Drop Off - Derrinumera

Hazardous Waste Derrinumera Dec 2019

Our next Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event will take place next Saturday, December 7th at Derrinumera Recycling Centre on the Castlebar Road, Newport.

Running from 9am-1pm, check out the list of accepted items on the poster attached.

Four Mayo Winners at Pride of Place 2019 Awards!

Four Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held at the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny on Saturday evening last.

Straide picked up an All-Island Special Award and Knock Community Futures, Ballinrobe and Mayo Age-Friendly Intergenerational Programme were all runners up in their respective categories.

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National Excellence in Local Government Award for Age-Friendly Airport Guidelines Initiative

Chamber 2019

Mayo County Council and Ireland West Airport Win National Excellence in Local Government Award for Age-Friendly Airport Guidelines Initiative

R313 Road Closure Update

Road Closure Update


Mayo County Council wish to inform the public that the R313 Regional Road from Blacksod to Belmullet will remain closed for the duration of today. 

The extended closure times is as a result of damage which appears to have been caused to a section of the road as a result of the storm. 

In the interest of public safety , the road will remain closed with local diversions in place, until such time as this damage can be fully assessed . It is anticipated that one lane of the road will open for public use tomorrow.

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