* The promoters behind a controversial proposal for a Bio Park in Claremorris have responded to the council’s request for further information. Last April, the council issued a 10-page document seeking further information on the planning application, following more than 100 submissions and objections from local residents. The promoters have responded with a 270-page report…but it’s very doubtful the story will end here.
* The drop in new houses being built in Mayo is greater than the national average. It’s an indication that the construction sector is still contracting in Mayo and needless to say, it’s bad news for workers in that sector.
* We report from Castlebar Court, where a man who falsified loans and stole money from a credit company has said he took the money to help pay for his son’s college fees.
* Castlebar Town Council has reduced its commercial rate by one per cent but calls to remove all spending expenses for conferences has been rejected by the members.
* Rural Mayo is being dealt a severe blow, with six garda stations due to close their doors next week.
* The cold snap might have taken a grip at the weekend but there was plenty of
local GAA activity to warm the hearts of football fans, with the final round
of matches in the FBD League taking place.
In fact, we report on not one but two outings for the Mayo senior team this
week with a victory over GMIT followed up by yesterday’s entertaining draw
against Roscommon at Ballyhaunis.
* Mayo manager James Horan has just under two weeks to get his team ready for the opening round of the National Football League and a home game against Kerry. We get his thoughts on how last year’s league and championship finalists are shaping up.
* We have reports too on wins for Sligo over Galway and IT Sligo against NUIG, plus we preview next weekend’s All-Ireland Intermediate Club football
semi-final, where Charlestown Sarsfields prepare to take on Tyrone and Ulster
* There was plenty of schools activity this week also, and Anthony Hennigan
and Michael Gallagher were around the county watching the likes of St
Gerald’s of Castlebar, Westport’s Rice College, St Louis’ of Kiltimagh,
Ballyhaunis Community School, Balla Secondary School and Davitt College all
stake their claims for a variety of titles.
* And on the soccer front, we have all the action from the Mayo U13 Cup final to the Connacht Junior Cup, with all the news from the FAI U18 Cup, with Ballina Town, Iorras Aontaithe, Claremorris AFC and Castlebar Celtic all featuring strongly in our coverage.
* There’s also lots of action from rugby to golf and from boxing to swimming.
* BUT VERY IMPORTANTLY THIS WEEK…. we will be revealing the Special Guest who will be attending next month’s Western People Mayo Sports Stars Awards in Ballina… only in tomorrow’s edition of the Western People… and tickets are already selling fast for the big night!