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Hurling is a game of inches, an inch this way and that way can decide the outcome of a game, be it from a shot for a score or a ball that slips just past a hand and there was just a matter of a few inches between Mayo and Kildare on the scoreboard and the field in this Christy Ring Cup first round clash.
John Deasy was on one of his regular trips to London. While carrying out his duties as the member of parliament for the constituency of Mayo West, Deasy was a frequent lodger at Mrs Postlethwaite’s boarding house at 75 Warwick Street, Pimlico, where he occupied a back room on the top floor. After a busy weekend, the tired 37-year-old MP returned to his room on the evening of Sunday, 4 June, 1893. One candle burned on the table by his bed, emitting limited light. It being a late hour, Deasy rang the service bell in order to request his supper. He walked on to the landing to meet his familiar servant girl, Ellen Lewis. Lewis was a girl of 16 years of age and by his own account, Deasy had always considered her a virtuous and modest girl. But, whether through boredom or through more corrupt thoughts, Lewis’ angelical qualities had not prevented the married Deasy from flirting with the young maid during previous stays.
The 2017 Mayo Fleadh Cheoil hosted by the Cleary/Coyne branch was launched by Cllr Al McDonnell, Chairman of Mayo County Council, in the Valkenburg Hotel Ballinrobe recently. It was attended by a number of local councillors, representatives of various organizations in Ballinrobe, branch executives, and members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Mayo students will next week take part in the national finals of the prestigious Scratch Coding competition. The popular coding competition will take place on Wednesday, in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick.
On Thursday, May 4, Unity Racing, World finalists in the F1 in Schools competition, will set out to break a Guinness World Record on the grounds of St Muredach’s College, Ballina, at 11am.
The third installment of Mayo Day will take place next Saturday, April 29, and over the bank holiday weekend a whole series of events will take place across the county to celebrate 'Mayo-ness.' Wherever you are around the county there is bound to be a Mayo Day event near you to get involved with.
This boutique, absolutely free, one day festival is happening tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 on the shores of Lough Lannagh in Castlebar. Founded by the Love Castlebar Crew in 2014 it has come a long, long, way from its humble beginnings as a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
According to the latest figures from the CSO, there were 753 marriages in Mayo last year, including 10 same sex marriages. The figures show that the vast majority of marriages were Roman Catholic marriages with 592 taking place. The next highest number was 101 civil marriages, of which seven were between same sex couples.
Mayo has a home ownership rate of 75 per cent according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office following the Census taken last year, while 22.9 per cent of all households in the county were in rented accommodation. The figures show that the home ownership rate in the county is almost 10 per cent higher in Mayo than nationally, with the home ownership rate in the country being 67.6 per cent and 70.8 per cent in Connacht. The 11,166 households in rented accommodation in Mayo was just under seven per cent less than the national figure of 29.3 per cent and 3.6 per cent lower than the figure for the whole of Connacht.
Mayo AC were represented by 16 runners at the National 10k Championships which took place in the Phoenix Park Dublin recently. The race was run in conjunction with the annual Great Ireland run, with 5,000 participants taking part in 10k, 5k, and Junior races. The one lap 10k course is relatively fast up to the five kilometre mark, but has extremely tough uphill sections from there to the finish. Conditions were good as almost 500 club athletes competed for individual category and team medals.
League leaders Manulla will look to keep up their impressive start to the new season tomorrow evening when they head to Belleek to take on a Ballina Town side that are rooted to the bottom of the table and badly in need of a win. Last weekend they left it late but ultimately saw off the challenge of a Straide and Foxford United side that had been level with them on the top of the table at the start of the weekend, thanks to a goal three minutes from time from the head of veteran striker Dessie Campbell.
With last weekend's meeting of Knockmore and Castlebar Mitchels postponed and Ballintubber playing only their first league game after a postponement in round one, Breaffy moved to the top of the league table early doors with their second win in a row last weekend against Claremorris. They were made to fight hard for that win, with the south Mayo men sticking with them right throughout and James Shaughnessy's 10 point haul a very impressive return. Breaffy held on to win by two points thanks to Aidan O'Shea's second half goal being the decisive score.
The very publicised retirement and eulogising of Colm Cooper caused much debate among friends and foes, current and past players, print and TV media over the last number of weeks. Joe Brolly fought an unwinnable battle against Ciaran Whelan and Tomas O'Shea on league Sunday declaring Cooper went missing in big games when Kerry needed him most and had to keep referencing Cooper's performances against Tyrone as an example of this.
The Mayo senior hurlers get their championship season under way tomorrow afternoon in Ballina, when they take on Kildare in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup. After their success in last year's Nicky Rackard Cup and gaining promotion back up to the second tier of the hurling championship, Mayo will be looking to lay down a marker in this year's competition, and tomorrow will be a serious test of their abilities against a Lilywhite outfit that just missed out on the division 2A league final by virtue of a head-to-head result against Antrim. They won three of their five games against Armagh, Westmeath, and London, along with drawing with Carlow and a narrow two point loss to Antrim.
If you are of a certain age you will no doubt still be able to rhyme off several natural remedies from your childhood. I recall the use of mud to ease aching feet, and of course the use of a dock leaf on a nettle sting. Although, whatever properties were in the leaf we negated by our vigorous rubbing on the wound that probably created an aggravation far worse than the initial sting.