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Potential jobs boost for Castlebar, as acquisition of CloudStrong by Dublin company Arkphire is announced

Cloudstrong Arkphire

Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement of the acquisition of CloudStrong, the Castlebar based specialist cloud solution provider, by consulting and managed-services firm Arkphire.

Founded in 2011, CloudStrong currently employs 12 people in Castlebar and provides cloud consultancy services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise market.  

Speaking of this new development in the local enterprise sector John Magee Head of LEO Mayo stated “We are delighted to learn of the acquisition of local company Cloudstrong by Arkphire. The new deal will likely see a period of investment in the Castlebar operation and has the potential to lead to significant job creation, which would further boost the local economy”

“Mayo is a fantastic location from which to start, scale and sustain a business and this development shows what is possible. Our quality of life factors makes Mayo a highly desirable place to live and I’m confident that Arkphire will attract and retain a high-quality workforce here. We look forward to seeing Arkphire grow their operation and will continue to play our role in supporting further technology start-ups in Mayo

Arkphire’s headquarters resides in Sandyford and currently employs over 90 people across its various divisions providing a range of IT services. The company said it is on track to become a €100m business this year, providing a full range of technology solutions from the desktop to the data centre and the acquisition of CloudStrong is a key element in the achievement of this objective.

Paschal Naylor, Arkphire's CEO, said the two companies have had a very effective working relationship going back many years says, "The acquisition formalises this relationship, I am very confident and look forward to building out a really effective cloud technology team from our new hub in the West and providing new career opportunities for people wanting to live in the region".

- Pictured are Paschal Naylor, CEO of Arkphire and Oliver Surdival, CEO of CloudStrong.


N60 Contract Signing

N60 Road Signing

The contract for the construction of the upgrade of the N60 at Lagnamuck between Mayo County Council and P&D Lydon civil engineers was signed this morning at Aras an Chontae Castlebar, with works commencing in the coming weeks and due for completion before the end of 2019.

The project is the first of a number of minor improvements planned for the N60 Castlebar to Claremorris Road. The N60 Lagnamuck scheme is located immediately west of Balla town.

“The N60 is a vital link connecting the vibrant community of Balla to the county town and is part of an important commuter route between Claremorris and Castlebar. This is an investment in our local communities, the enhancement of our roadways is imperative for the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We are always mindful that the better our roads infrastructure, the better our opportunity to attract tourism, enterprise and direct investment.” Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council.

The road scheme will comprise of approximately 1.4km of mainly online upgrade and consist of the following elements:

Widening and realignment of the existing road to a Type 2 Single Carriageway –

Including 7.0m carriageway,

2 x 0.5m hard strips and 2 x 2.5m verges;

Cycle tracks and footpaths; Drainage works; Earthworks; Utility Diversions;

Road Pavement; Road Markings; Access and Accommodation Works;

Ancillary Road Works; Traffic Management; Landscaping and Environmental Mitigation Works.


Ireland and Argentina to contest for cup named after Mayo man

Admiral Brown Cup

Did you know that this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, the Ireland vs Argentina November rugby international will see the two nations compete for the Admiral Brown Cup.

Mayo County Council are delighted to be associated with the Admiral Brown Cup, named after the first Admiral of the Argentinian Navy, Foxford native Admiral William Brown.

The trophy was first presented when Ireland hosted Argentina in the 2012 November international series and has been played for on three occasions, including the two game Irish tour of Argentina in 2014, with Ireland coming out on top each time.

Admiral William Brown is a national hero in Argentina who was born in 1777 in Foxford, County Mayo.

William Brown emigrated at an early age, at first to Philadelphia and then to Buenos Aires where he went on to be regarded as a national hero for his efforts in setting up and leading the Argentinian Navy.

The Admiral Brown Cup will be presented to the winning captain of this Saturday’s clash between rivals Ireland and Argentina and began in 2012 as a joint initiative between the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin and Ireland in Buenos Aires, the UAR and the IRFU<strong>.</strong>

It is a great honour for both Mayo County Council and the Foxford Admiral Brown Society to be associated with the international trophy for a legendary figure both in East Mayo and throughout South America.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Blackie Gavin, said; “It’s a great honour for a Mayo native to have a trophy named after him which is competed for by two of the best teams in World Rugby. Ireland already claimed the Six Nations earlier this year and will hopefully keep hold of the Admiral Brown Cup this weekend.”

Mayo County Council Chief Executive, Peter Hynes’ also said; “Argentina honors this Irishman as a national hero and many streets and parks, as well as sports stadiums throughout the country are named in his honor. It’s great that he is being honoured in this capacity by both his home countries.”

The Irish Navy cooperates with ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Brown performed in Foxford and Dublin annually.

In his hometown of Foxford, is a museum and a park dedicated to Brown, and in the capital city, Dublin, located on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, is an imposing statue of the naval hero of Argentina.

Ireland and Argentina have one of the newest rivalries in the world game, dating back to their first meeting in 1990. Since 1999 the two sides have met on 16 occasions. Despite Ireland having a superior record, 11 wins against six, it is the South Americans who own the main bragging rights, knocking Ireland out of three World Cups in 1999, 2007 and 2015.


Irish Water’s new €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet to serve 2,500 people and ensure capacity for economic and population growth

Belmullet Treatment Plant

Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council today officially opened the new wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, has completed a €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet which will benefit over 1,000 local people and visitors to the town and provide the capacity to treat wastewater for a population of up to 2,500 people. The new wastewater treatment plant at Corclough, together with a new treated water outfall into Blacksod Bay, will bring benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all.

The development was officially opened by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council. 

Belmullet was one of 44 towns around Ireland where wastewater was discharged untreated. The new wastewater treatment plant has ended this practise in Belmullet. Roadbridge and EPS carried out the works on behalf of Irish Water to ensure a robust wastewater treatment system maintaining Belmullet’ s place as a leading tourism area with capacity for future population and economic growth. 

Speaking at today’s opening Minister Ring stated: “The investment of €9 million by Irish Water in this new treatment plant will ensure Belmullet can retain its position as a tourism hub in addition to providing the capacity for future economic development.”

Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council also commented on the value the new wastewater treatment plant will have on the area: “Belmullet is a modern and vibrant town at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, attracting many visitors and it deserves top quality infrastructure. I am very proud to be here today to open the new plant and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Mayo County Council and Irish Water for bringing this long-awaited project to fruition.”

Speaking at the event Colm Claffey, Irish Water added: “The new wastewater treatment plant will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL). This project will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

The €9 million investment in the new wastewater treatment plant for Belmullet has also been welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce President Damien Lagan: “Erris Chamber welcomes this much needed infrastructure. This project has always been high on the list of priorities for Erris Chamber and I am sure it will have an extremely positive effect on the town both for tourism and local business.”

Irish Water is investing a further €19 million in sewerage schemes in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown. The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay and the Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for the towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

Also in Mayo, water treatment plants in Mulranny, Kiltimagh, Swinford, Foxford, Erris, Wherrew, Newport, Westport, and Louisburgh are undergoing upgrades to improve the performance of the plants.

Since 2014 Irish Water has upgraded or built new wastewater treatment plants in 55 locations across the country including 12 towns where raw sewage was going directly into the water. These new and upgraded plants have improved the environment, supported tourism and in many cases built capacity for new homes and businesses.

Irish Water invested  €215 million last year to ensure the development and delivery of solutions to support the safe return of wastewater to the environment from almost 1.1 million homes throughout Ireland after it has travelled through 30,000 kilometres of public sewers and been treated at 1,100 wastewater treatment plants. This forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan which has committed almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021 and a total investment of €5.5 billion in capital spending on both drinking water and wastewater quality, capacity and infrastructure up to 2021


Lough Talt boil water notice lifted with immediate effect

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Issued October 25 2018 - Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water working in partnership with Sligo and Mayo County Councils advise that the boil water notice for the area supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply is lifted with immediate effect.

 

The boil water notice was put in place on February 5 2018 following a detection of cryptosporidium during routine sampling at the water treatment plant. An increased continuous weekly sampling plan was implemented and five further detections of cryptosporidium were found both at the plant and in the supply network during the month of February.

 

Following several consultations with the HSE over the intervening months, it was advised that the boil water notice should remain in place due to inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium, cryptosporidium detections at the plant and investigations of associated illness in the community. Continued weekly monitoring demonstrated zero detection since February 28 2018 until the end of August when further detections of cryptosporidium at the plant were recorded. 

 

Following a consultative meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday 24 October) between Irish Water, the HSE and Sligo County Council it has been agreed to lift the notice with immediate effect as there have been no reported cases of illness in the community and zero detections recorded since the end of August. In the meantime, Irish Water  will continue to monitor this supply closely for the presence of cryptosporidium in the interest of public health.

 

Commenting, Anthony Skeffington, Regional Asset Operations Manager from Irish Water said: “Public health is our number one priority and we aim to provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply in the shortest possible time and that is where our attentions are focused.

“This detection of cryptosporidium came to light due to heightened sampling by Irish Water on this scheme. Irish Water is acutely aware that this water supply lacks the necessary barriers and will continue to monitor it closely to ensure public health is safeguarded.”

The level of treatment currently provided at the Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium. Irish Water is advising customers that until the plant is upgraded and a validated cryptosporidium barrier is provided there is a high risk of further cryptosporidium detections in the supply. If this scenario occurs, it is possible that the boil water notice may be re-imposed. Irish Water will work with the HSE to protect the health of those on the water supply and take any and all measures necessary to do this.

 

In 2015 Irish Water proposed to construct a water treatment plant downstream of the existing water treatment plant site but was refused planning permission by Sligo County Council and subsequently on appeal by An Bord Pleanála. The 2015 application was refused permission because An Bord Pleanála could not exclude the possibility that the development, in combination with the abstraction from Lough Talt, would adversely affect the Lough Hoe Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the River Moy SAC (within which Lough Talt is located). Irish Water applied for planning to upgrade the water treatment plant on 28 May 2018 for the provision of an emergency water treatment plant to address the absence of an effective crypto barrier, but also to provide mitigation against the formation of Trihalomethanes (THMs). Sligo County Council requested further information on 19 July 2018 and Irish Water is currently reviewing the draft further information request and expect to return the information to Sligo County Council in November 2018.

 

The Lough Talt supply is currently on the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL) for both cryptosporidium and THM risk. A validated barrier against cryptosporidium will be provided and the risk of THM formation will be significantly reduced at the Lough Talt water treatment plant if the planning application is approved.  All options are being investigated including the standard planning process and the emergency IROPI process. However, the long term solution will be the provision of water from an alternative source and this option is also being investigated by Irish Water.

Since the implementation of the boil water notice Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the Lough Talt catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.  Scouring of the network took place along with the cleaning of all reservoirs associated with the scheme. A leakage reduction campaign has detected and repaired over 180 leaks on this scheme since the beginning of March 2018. Find and fix repair crews continue to operate in the area in an effort to reduce the amount of treated water being lost to leaks and the volume of water abstracted from the Lough Talt SAC. 

Customers in the Bellaghy area were removed from the boil water notice in June and given a secure supply of water from the Charlestown supply. They will remain on this supply until such time as a new treatment plant is built to supply the Lough Talt scheme.

Irish Water and Sligo County Council regret the inconvenience this boil water notice has had on businesses and residents and would like to thank all customers for their continued co-operation during the period of the notice. Business customers will shortly receive a 40% rebate (backdated to March 2018 when the BWN was first issued) on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the boil water notice.

Further information and additional advice for customers on the boil water notice is available by calling Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care helpline on 1850 278 278, billing enquiries on 1850 778 778.


Keeping your dog safe at Halloween

Dog 900 Wide

Advice from L. Mulligan, Dog Warden   

 

  • Exercise your dog well and earlier in the day.
  • Keep them on a lead at all times when outside.
  • Make sure they are wearing a collar with an ID tag and your contact number.
  • Check your dog’s microchip details are up to date. 
  • Keep your dog inside during fireworks, making sure that there is someone at home with them.
  • Close all doors, windows and curtains.
  • Play calming music (yoga or mediation music is good).
  • If your dog is sensitive to loud noises, make them an area that they can retreat to where they can feel safe i.e. a crate with a blanket over it, a cardboard box or under a table with a blanket covering it. don’t try to coax them out they will come out when they feel safe.
  • Give them something to do, play with their favourite toy or give them a treat to chew on.

 

If your dog goes missing or you find a dog contact the Dog Warden Service at Mayo County Council http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/VeterinaryDogWarden/MissingandStrayDogs/

or your local Garda Station giving them a description of the dog, where it went missing/found and your contact details.

 

Mayo County Council promoting responsible dog ownership.


Winter’s on its way and the gritters are ready for action

Gritter

With the winter season upon us, Mayo County Council is urging drivers to always drive to the weather conditions in order to keep safe on the roads.
Gritters are geared up for call outs of the winter season and Local salt barns have been piled to capacity ahead of this winter.
Mayo County Council delivers an annual winter maintenance service with gritters on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the season, which runs from the 15th October until 30th April each year.
Salt barns and salt storage facilities will contain over 5000 tonnes of salt. The County Council’s fleet of 2 No. 9m salt spreaders, 12 No. 6m salt spreaders, 6 No. 2m salt spreaders and 3 No tractor spreaders are available when required. Precautionary gritting is normally done late in the evening, before the coldest temperatures arrive, consideration is made not to send gritters out too early, especially if rain water could wash salt away. The TII procures bureau weather services to assist Mayo County Council in predicting when frost, ice or snow may occur on the road network. These services are currently provided by a combination of Met Éireann and Vaisala.

There are over 60 staff involved in the provision of the winter service during normal winter weather including Winter Service Manager, Duty Engineers, District Engineers, and Winter Service Operatives. This number is increased during severe weather as resources allow.

Mr Paul Dolan Head Of Roads, said:
“Keeping the roads safe during winter is both a science and an art. Our carefully planned gritting routes cover 1,075 km of road across 23 treatment routes which equates to 100% of the national primary network,100% of the national secondary network, 82% of regional roads and 3% of the local road network.
“We monitor and analyse a range of forecasts so roads are treated when the salt will be most effective. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water, making ice less likely to form, so we have to carry out precautionary gritting before any ice. We then undertake reactive gritting as needed in response to accumulations of snow and ice during severe wintery weather.”
“Even with the most careful and thorough planning, the use of special Met Office forecasts and the latest ice prediction technology, winter service is really a battle against the elements and ice-free roads cannot be guaranteed. Motorists have to play their part by taking extra care during wintry conditions. The best advice is in the rules of the road – drive with care even if roads have been salted, be prepared for road conditions changing over short distances and take care when overtaking gritters.”
• Despite the resources that are applied to providing the winter service, ice-free roads cannot be guaranteed. The motorist should remember the following:
In Ireland there are a high risk proportion of marginal nights when temperatures are very close to zero. This makes it more difficult to accurately predict ice than in colder countries.
It takes a number of hours to organise salting operations and salt a route, so any journey may start or end on an untreated section of the route.
In heavy rain or high winds, salt can be washed away or blown away and the wet surface may subsequently freeze if the temperature falls below zero.
Tips for staying safe on the roads this winter:
• When clearing snow, do not use hot water – this will melt the snow but will replace it with black ice!
• Always consider if your journey is necessary when contemplating driving in wintery weather. Check local traffic bulletins and if you have to drive, make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow or frost. Make sure you have de-icer and a scraper with you.
• Adjust your driving to the conditions. Brake earlier and gently and manoeuvre with care. Also take a torch, blanket, some food, warm clothing, a mobile phone and a spade with you just in case you have any problems.
• If you do have to abandon your vehicle in really bad conditions, be careful and try not to cause an obstruction. Emergency vehicles and gritters are large vehicles and may need to get past.

To explain more about what happens behind the scenes as the County council prepares for winter, Mayo County Council are advising people to visit http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/WinterReady/ . The site aims to get people talking about how science and data can be used to overcome the challenges of winter.
For information on the winter maintenance service in Co. Mayo, including maps of gritting routes, visit Mayo County council’s website.


Mayo County Council to deliver 708 housing units as part of Housing Capital Programme 2016 - 21

Housing Focus

Mayo County Council is progressing a comprehensive Housing Capital Programme for the planned provision of 708 units from 2016 to 2021.To date, 216 units that span the length and breadth of the county, have been completed. These projects include Buy & Renew, Construction, Acquisitions, Leasing, Voids and the Voluntary Sector.

Mayo County Council continues to be committed to providing social housing with many developments underway throughout the county, five projects are currently on site that will deliver a further 29 units, with eleven projects at tender stage to deliver 124 units, along with additional projects in the pipeline.

Of the projects underway eight housing units are currently under construction at Knockmore and four housing units are almost complete at Kilmeena. Further on-site projects such as Newport are in progress and a number of other projects are due to begin soon around the county, such as in Balla and Binghamstown.

To highlight the ongoing work, Mayo County Council is running a week-long information campaign to provide social housing solutions and to facilitate increased building in the public and private sector.

Mayo County Council wants to assure people in the county that it is working hard to solve the housing issue. We want to make people aware of the actions the local authority is taking to do that in the right way, and we also want to alert people to the various ways in which we are working to build new units and bring vacant properties back to life. We are determined to get this right; the homes we are building are quality homes and we are developing them with the needs of the occupants and the community in mind.”  

“We are making progress on the housing supply issue. We are adding to the stock we have available for social housing by delivering new units, and by acquiring or leasing existing units. Marian Crescent in Ballina is a great example of one of our recently completed projects, housing seven people in its four units in May of this year, it is built to the highest standards and is close to many amenities in the town.”

Tom Gilligan, Director of Services, Housing, Road and Development

Mayo County Council is focused on planning for sustainable communities and liaising with tenants, by providing public amenities such as playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas in many housing estates, offering safe places for families to gather and children to play.


Mayo Fire Station Open Days

During fire safety week, three of the county’s retained fire stations will be open to members of the public. Local Fire Officers will be in attendance to offer advice in relation to fire safety. Read more about fire safety week here: www.mayo.ie/news/ rMkBR 

Fire Safety Open Days

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

A Connected Mayo

October 15th to 21st 2018

Brochure of Events

Social Incusion

 

 

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place this year from October 15th to 21st 2018. The purpose of this week is to highlight and celebrate social inclusion groups, initiatives and activities within Mayo and the valuable supports that are provided throughout the year.

This year’s theme is ‘A Connected Mayo’ and the events and activities which will be happening during the week are all centred around connectedness.

The brochure can be downloaded from this link and will be available in community venues and libraries from next week onwards.

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/MayoSocialInclusionWeek/

The website will be updated in the next few days with all events listed:   https://www.mayosocialinclusionweek.com/


Awards deadline 2018 announced

Arts Awards

Amateur Drama and Music Assistance Recording Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency now open for application for 2018. 

Deadline: 23rd October 2018 at 5pm. 

For more information and application forms go to: Funding Application Form

Mayo Arts Service: T:094 9064376 / 094 9064367, E:mayoarts@mayococo.ie. 

Awards deadline 2018 announced-read the full story.


Mayo County Council in a collaborative partnership with Mayo GAA acquire land at Lough Lannagh for unique sport and tourism development

Lough Lannagh

Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA is delighted to announce that it has acquired land at Lough Lannagh and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation. The property being acquired comprises approximately 27 acres of land adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.

 

Full press release available here: www.mayo.ie/news/DOZWt

 


UPDATE: Mayo County Development Plan Review Process is paused

County Development Plan Paused

Mayo County Development Plan Review Process is paused until after the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) is published.

The RSES is due to be published in early 2019, for more information on this, please visit http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Planning/MayoCountyDevelopmentPlan2020-2026/ .


Great Western Greenway shortlisted for RTPI Ireland 'Best Places' award.

Greenway

Mayo's Great Western Greenway has been shortlisted by the Royal Town Planning Institute's independent judging panel as one of Ireland's 'Best Places'.

Now the Institute is asking the public to decide who comes out on top as Ireland's Best Place.

You can help by voting using one of the below three methods:

  • Go straight to the TRPI website and vote online. You access the link by clicking here, clicking Vote Now and selecting the Greenway from the options available
  • Email your vote for the Great Western Greenway to contact@rtpiireland.org
  • Tweet your vote by typing Great Western Greenway and accompany with the following hashtag #RTPIIrelandsBestPlaces

Further info here: www.mayo.ie/news/bz4uu


Mayo County Council encourage public to explore different transport modes

Duncan Stewart Mobility Week

European Mobility Week begins next week and Mayo County Council is encouraging staff and the public to try out different transport modes: cycle to the gym to get a head start on burning calories, walk to school to get some fresh air in the morning, or carpool to work and catch up on the gossip.

Mayo County Council are hosting a number of staff events for European Mobility Week such as Carpool Tuesday, Walk on Wednesday, Cycle on Thursday, Dr Bike, Lunchtime Walk, After Work Cycle and a Culture Night Bike Buffet.

 

Full story here: www.mayo.ie/news/ QChM


Irish Water replacing 1.7km of old problematic water mains in Ballina

Irish Water with MCC Logos 900

IRISH Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality, and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1,700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

Full information can be found here 


Building contractors urged to register for minor works contracts worth €100 - Briefing Castlebar Regional Training Centre 7pm Monday 17th September

Construction worker header

Up to €100m worth of minor building works contracts are to be tendered by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre for the provision of Minor Building Works to public service bodies including 31 local authorities, the HSE, the OPW, the Department of Education and Teagasc. 

The contracts will be tendered by way of two new Frameworks. Contractors who register for the Frameworks will receive alerts to all future minor works projects that meet their stated preferences in terms of scope and location and can choose whether to  compete.

This is a significant opportunity for SMEs to deliver key contracts across the public sector. The value of the frameworks is estimated at €100m. While the scope and complexity of the works will vary significantly, it is likely that the average contract value will be in the region of €50,000 for residential works and €100,000 for commercial works.

The frameworks will provide the flexibility for contractors to indicate the geographic areas that they want to be notified about when mini-competitions are taking place. Contractors will be able to accept or decline mini-competitions as they arise.  Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) competency will be a requirement at the application stage of both frameworks but service providers can nominate a third party to carry out this role.

The frameworks will be advertised in October 2018 and all building contractors are encouraged to engage with the procurement process. 

This is a great opportunity to win business from the public sector, whether you are gaining a first contract or stepping up to tender for a larger or commercial contract.

Contractors are reminded that the public sector is a very good client for small businesses.  Payment for services delivered within the terms of a contract is guaranteed and, in line with the requirements of the Prompt Payment of Accounts Act, public bodies have a legal obligation to pay their bills on time.

Building contractors already registered on www.etenders.ie should ensure that they have registered for tenders at a minimum under CPV Code 45000000-7 Construction work and CPV Code 45210000-2 Building construction work.

 The frameworks relate to works associated with:

  •  General repairs and maintenance to the building fabric;
  • Roofing works
  • Modifications for disability access;
  • General electrical repairs and maintenance;
  • General plumbing, heating and mechanical system repairs and maintenance;
  • Replacement of windows and internal and external doors;
  • 2nd fix internal carpentry works;
  • Installation of new kitchens;
  • Floor coverings and painting and decorating;
  • Construction of small extensions;
  • Repairs and maintenance to external works such as driveways, steps, paths, fences and boundary walls;
  • Minor demolition works;
  • External site works, landscaping, drainage and residential waste and foul water treatment works;
  • Clearance works in preparation for re-letting/re-occupation.

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), together with four key sectors - Health, Defence, Education and Local Government - has responsibility for sourcing all goods and services on behalf of the Public Service. In the case of minor works, the local authority sector takes the lead through the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre.

Want more information – come the briefing in Castlebar Regional Training Centre next Monday evening 17th @7pm

This session will outline the frameworks and the opportunities for businesses and will be supported by InterTradeIreland who will provide advice to businesses about registering and tendering on www.etenders.ie, the Irish Government’s electronic tendering platform administered by the Office of Government Procurement.  

Full details are available at www.lgma.eventbrite.ie Details of the briefings are available at http://lgma.eventbrite.com, Register your attendance through Eventbrite.ie

Further information and support is available from the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre Helpdesk at Ph. 076 1064020 or Email: eproc@kerrycoco.ie

 


Culture Night 2018

Culture Night 2018

Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across the county of Mayo as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Now in its thirteenth year, Culture Night returns on Fri Sep 21st 2018.

Culture Night is brought to you by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Mayo County Council and participating groups & venues in Mayo.

A full, detailed list of events happening in Mayo can be found on our events page: http://ow.ly/sm2b30lAaDC or download the brochure here:  Culture Night Brochure


New appointment to the Mayo Sports Partnership Team

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Head of Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert welcomes newly appointed Community Sports Development Officer Deirdre Donnelly to the Sports Partnership team.

Joining Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ray Mc Namara, Ballyhaunis Sports Hub coordinator Elmer Pieterse, Ballinrobe Sports Hub coordinator Janette Slattery and office administrator Padraic Durcan. Deirdre will have responsibility for our Get Active Programmes including Couch to 5K, Men on the Move, Community Walking Programme, Fit4Work Workplace Programme, Operation Transformation, Primary School Daily Mile, Secondary Schools Girls Active Programme etc.

She will also support smaller National Governing bodies in promoting their sports and also Dormant Account funded programmes such as Youth Sport Leadership Training, Community Coaching, Volunteer Training.

Deirdre can be contacted directly by phone at 094 9064386 or by email dedonnelly@mayococo.ie


CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO 5TH September 2018

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Call for ideas for

Social Inclusion Awareness Week 2018 – ‘A Connected Mayo’

 

Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 October 2018. The aim of the week is to support and organise initiatives throughout the county that foster inclusion, equality and social connectedness. It is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people in County Mayo, to showcase the work of your organisation and/ or to organise a special activity or event which promotes inclusion.

Following on from the success of last year’s Social Inclusion Awareness Week where over 40 showcase events were held throughout the county, this year’s theme is ‘A Connected Mayo’. We are particularly interested in initiatives that explore community responses to social isolation and loneliness.

Types of events and activities could include interesting speakers, exhibitions, coffee mornings, sports events, drama, story- telling, talks and debates, seminars, information events, displays, music recitals, initiatives to improve accessibility, films etc. (the list is not exhaustive). Bear in mind, in keeping with the theme, events should be accessible to all.

A brochure of events is currently being compiled. If you would like to be included in the brochure please complete the attached booking form and return it to the Community and Integrated Development Section Mayo County Council (contact details listed on form) by September 5th  2018. Only free events can be included in this year’s brochure. Please submit a separate booking form if you plan to run more than one event.

Download Brochure here: http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/CommunityEngagement/righthandcontent/WordFile,30197,en.docx

The up-to-date schedule, further information on events and booking details for all events will be available from mid-September.

 Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week is being co-ordinated by Mayo LCDC’s Social Inclusion and Community Working Group. If you would more information or would like to explore ideas please drop an email to community@mayococo.ie  or contact Cora or Síofra on 094 9064337.

 

Mayo Local Community Development Committee is made up of community and statutory representatives working to make Mayo a more inclusive county. It is a sub-committee of Mayo County Council. For further information on Mayo LCDC visit  - http://www.mayococo.ie/en/Services/CommunityEngagement/CommunityandIntegratedDevelopment/MayoLocalCommunityDevelopmentCommittee/


Mayo County Council short-listed for four Excellence in Local Government Awards

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Chambers Ireland has today revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018.

Mayo County Council has been short-listed in four categories:

Health & Wellbeing – It’s for Girls initiative

Supporting Tourism – Wild Mayo tourism brand development and marketing campaign

Sustaining the Arts – Mayo Arts Service, Hearth project – art for older people at home

Festival of the Year – Mayo County Council’s communications department for Mayo Day: Made of Mayo.

 

Full story: www.mayo.ie/news/03MyQ


Funding for Men’s Sheds under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018

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Additional funding of €0.5m has been allocated nationally to the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. This is ring-fenced for small capital grants for Men’s Sheds.

€21,739 has been allocated to Mayo County Council.

The application process for this ring-fenced funding will be administered by Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.  All Men’s Sheds in Ireland that are affiliated with the Irish Men’s Shed Association are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available here:  Application Form for Men's Shed Funding 2018 or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064377.

Completed Applications should be returned to Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by email to community@mayococo.ie

The closing for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday 31st August 2018.


Ireland's Edge - The Creative Space

Ireland's Edge

As part of Other Voices this weekend, Ireland's Edge will host a mixture of debate, performance and discussion which will position Ireland as a dynamic location and environment for world leading developments in creative technology See full story here 


Mayo.ie entices you to enjoy Other Voices

Other Voices

Mayo.ie is delighted to be the main partner in securing the internationally acclaimed Other Voices to Ballina Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September.

Throughout its past 17 years in residency in Dingle, Other Voices has brought huge tourism and international interest to the town and the entire Slea Head region, we are excited to have delivered this incredible opportunity for the people of Co Mayo, to be part of a festival that captures the interest of so many throughout Ireland and around the world.

 

More info here


Westport named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town

Westport Tidy Towns

Well done to Westport Tidy Towns as Westport was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town and also won the county award for Mayo at today's National Tidy Towns Awards.

It was one of six communities in Mayo to receive special recognition in this year’s awards. Castlebar and Westport both received a Gold Medal and with it a prize of €900.

Full information on the medal wins and commendations for Mayo towns and villages can be found here 


Mayo.ie at the National Ploughing Championships

Mayo.ie Ploughing Champs

Mayo.ie is at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Our stand is situated on Row 5 Stand No 130 so if you are calling to the championships please feel free to pop over and say hello!

Some images from our stand are available to view at www.mayo.ie/news/z4jYh


Great Western Greenway shortlisted for RTPI Ireland 'Best Places' award.

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Mayo's Great Western Greenway has been shortlisted by the Royal Town Planning Institute's independent judging panel as one of Ireland's 'Best Places'.

Now the Institute is asking the public to decide who comes out on top as Ireland's Best Place.

You can help by voting using one of the below three methods:

  • Go straight to the TRPI website and vote online. You access the link by clicking here, clicking Vote Now and selecting the Greenway from the options available
  • Email your vote for the Great Western Greenway to contact@rtpiireland.org
  • Tweet your vote by typing Great Western Greenway and accompany with the following hashtag #RTPIIrelandsBestPlaces

Further info here: www.mayo.ie/news/bz4uu


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Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council Write Now 2018 – a speed dating writing event for Mayo writers.

Write Now 2018 is an initiative of Mayo Art Service. This event affords Mayo Writers the opportunity of 20-minute speed dating type mentoring slots with a Poet, a Playwright, a Screenwriter, a Short story writer, a Novelist and a Publisher. Write Now 2018 takes place in Castlebar on Saturday 1st o...

(General Council; Dated: 14/11/2018 11:49:00)

EXCEL 2018

EXCEL 2018 is Mayo County Council Arts Service’s annual celebration of young people’s creativity (ages 13-19). This year we have fabulous events taking place in the month of November. We have also teamed up with the various Art Venues in Mayo to provide a wide range of arts activities throughout th...

(General Council; Dated: 12/11/2018 10:14:00)

Mayo Arts Service - Professional Development for the Arts 2018

Professional Development 2018 Mayo Art Service, Mayo County Council is delighted to offer the a series of workshops for the arts community in Mayo. These include Youth arts Drama Facilitation, Writing about your work, Pricing your work, Documenting your work, Marketing for festivals and Disabili...

(General Council; Dated: 19/10/2018 13:48:00)

Laying the Foundations: A guide to Youth Drama Facilitation. One Day Masterclass.

Laying the Foundations: A guide to Youth Drama Facilitation. One Day Masterclass. As part of Mayo Arts Service's Excel Youth Arts and Professional Development programme, we are delighted to work with Youth Theatre Ireland in providing a one-day Masterclass in Laying the Foundations: A guide to...

(General Council; Dated: 11/10/2018 17:26:00)

Screening and Q&A

Film Mayo present a Screening of Feature Film Pilgrimage. Followed by Q&A with Director Brendan Muldowney – Wednesday October 10th at 7pm, Ballina Arts Centre.

(General Council; Dated: 27/09/2018 10:00:00)

Visual Artists Cleary&Connolly part of this year’s Mayo Ideas Week

A workshop with Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, founders of The School of Looking, to explore how interactive art is used to investigate science. Focusing on their most engaging artworks made in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, Clarity DCU & Curam Centre, NUIG & Landmark at Lough Lann...

(Arts & Culture; Dated: 27/08/2018 10:47:00)

Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award Winner Announced

Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award Winner Announced Film Mayo, a Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council initiative is delighted to announce that Mayo filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney, is the successful recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award in partnership with Ballina Arts...

(General Council; Dated: 22/08/2018 13:03:00)

Papal Visit - Notice of Decision to Temporarily Close Roads

NOTICE OF DECISION TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ROADS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 75 OF THE ROADS ACT, 1993 AND ARTICLE 12 OF ROAD REGULATIONS 1994 AND S.I 119/1994 At the request of the Office of Public Works, Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act, 1993, and Roads Re...

(General Council; Dated: 13/08/2018 10:33:00)

N59 Rossow Bends Road Scheme opens, strengthening County Mayo’s transport infrastructure

Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development, has opened the Rossow Bends Road Scheme. Comprising of 1.8km of single carriageway road removing a particularly bad bend on the N59 and an at-grade crossing of the Great Western Greenway on the N59. This latest section of improvement...

(General Council; Dated: 27/07/2018 16:16:00)

N59 Rossow Bends Road Scheme opens, strengthening County Mayo’s transport infrastructure

Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development, has opened the Rossow Bends Road Scheme. Comprising of 1.8km of single carriageway road removing a particularly bad bend on the N59 and an at-grade crossing of the Great Western Greenway on the N59. This latest section of improvement...

(General Council; Dated: 27/07/2018 16:01:00)
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