Locals tackle Dalgan Bog rubbish problems

A group of concerned residents have taken matters into their own hands to deal with the on-going problem of litter in Dalgan Bog in south Mayo. A spate of illegal dumping has accumulated tons of rubbish resulting and the place has now become an eyesore and health hazard for people who save turf and also avail of the recreational advantages of the area.
On a five mile stretch of bog road large quantities of used tyres have been dumped regularly at various locations. Other items such as plastic silage wrapping, electrical appliances, bottles, old furniture and, in some instances, dead animals are to be found dumped in drains and watercourses that flow into the nearby Black River.
A meeting was held recently in Ballycushion School regarding the dumping issue and locals decided to undertake the clean-up themselves. Villagers in Ballycushion, Carramore, Dalgan, Gurteen and Brackloon came on board resulting in an amazing example of a small community taking active responsibility.
Men, women and children from the area have voluntarily answered this mammoth ask over the last few weeks. When The Mayo News visited last week people were busy at work with everyone involved going about their unwanted chore in a good-humoured manner. Despite the nature of the task it still manages to generate camaraderie among the volunteers.
Already vast piles of rubbish had been gathered and stacked along the roadside awaiting collection by Mayo County Council. Local councillors Damian Ryan and Patsy O’Brien are lending support to the venture also. Cllr Ryan has tabled a motion for next week’s area meeting requesting the installation of cameras on an ad-hoc basis. Both councillors agree the offenders must be identified and charged before the courts.
On Saturday last Michael Monaghan of Ballinrobe Waste provided a refuse truck free of charge to remove and dispose of the waste. Ballinrobe Waste employee Joe Davin, who is also actively involved in the clean-up, gave freely of his time driving the vehicle.
Sharon Cameron, Environmental Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council, was loud in her praise of the community. “A few weeks ago I met with Bernie Lydon, Christy Hughes, Mike Acton and Veronica Kelly who were organising a voluntary clean-up of a large illegal dumpsite in their area. Mayo County Council supported this by providing bags, litter pickers, gloves and the disposal of collected waste. We are delighted to help this wonderful community who undertook this most difficult of tasks.
“They have done the back-breaking work of collecting other people’s rubbish and ensuring it is safely disposed of. In doing this, they are contributing so much to protecting their environment. Volunteers like those are the heartbeat of our county and Mayo County Council thanks them for what they have achieved over the last few weeks.”
Speaking to The Mayo News, Christy Hughes on behalf of the group said the community were sending out a clear message that dumping will no longer be tolerated in this area. “From now on it will be prevention rather than cure.”

Locals tackle Dalgan Bog rubbish problems by Willie McHugh
From the Mayo News May 22 , 2012

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The Bookshop – Reading Room & the Information Hub

Shrule book shopNew opening times for the Bookshop / Reading Room are on Saturdays 13:00-15:00.

Come and browse the shelves and walk away with some real bargains! No book costs more than €1 because all the books are donated and all the proceeds go to paying for the costs involved in running the service.

Additionally, from now we also hope to carry other important information relevant to the community in the Information Hub, which is located in the same area as the present Bookshop – Reading Room.

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“He Who Dared and Died”

When 18 year-old Chris O’Dowd ran away from his home in Cahernabruck to join the British Army, he could not have expected to become one of the original members of the most famous elite fighting force in the world. ‘He Who Dared and Died’ tells how O’Dowd ended up a Sergeant in the S.A.S. during the North African campaign in 1942. The Unit had just been formed, and Chris was one of the handpicked team chosen by the leader, David Stirling.

dared and diedThe two men had already fought together with Churchill’s Commandos, and Stirling knew a good soldier when he saw one. For eighteen months the S.A.S. harried Rommel’s army across the desert until the final victory at El Alamein – the turning point in the war. In July 1943 the S.A.S. spearheaded the invasion of Sicily , and from there they were ordered to the mainland. Tragically Chris O’Dowd was killed in action along with fourteen of his ‘brothers in arms’ in October 1943.

Chris (Christy) has many relations in the locality; Niece, Nives de Staic (Shrule Grove), nephews, John ( Main St. ), John (Dalgan) and Allan (Shrule Grove).

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Shrule Community Defibrillator Group

The Shrule Community Defibrillator Group presently have one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the community centre and will soon be placing a 2nd AED in St Josephs Church. Since the group was formed in January 2009, we have trained 60 local people in CPR and 23 local people heartsaver AED course. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any queries. Many thanks Tina Tedders

Submitted by Tina Tedders
Shrule
Web site Telephone : 0870685747

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The lifting of the latch

A VILLAGE without a character is like a song without a singer or a play without a cast.
They are the thespians of life, carrying out impromptu performances on the public thoroughfare. It’s street theatre in the purest form. They provide an aside from the humdrum and the norm. They chose the nuances of a life less ordinary. They are masters of their own destiny while the rest of us willingly sacrifice ourselves as hostages to progress.
The village of Shrule has been well served in this regard.
Pitched as it is on the banks of The Black River, merging Mayo into Galway, it had a wider net to trawl from. Wonderful eccentrics like Batty, Laddie, Aiden (the cuz) and Mairtín Jim crossed the bridge regularly to ply their trade and entertain in the hostelries of the village and wherever two or three were gathered.
Shrule was the better for their visits but, in fairness, no other village was as tolerant or appreciated the presence of the unconventional. If truth be told it serves as a kind of mecca to the peculiar and the enigmatic. But life went on as life does and slowly, but surely, they slipped away quietly into that good night.
For close on three decades Raphael was the principal of the village cast in Shrule.
A gifted plaster in his day he could enhance the ceiling on the Sistine. Shrule had a reputation of drinking the wool before the sheep were shorn but Raphael had few equals when it came to the actual shearing. He’d have given the best sheep shearer in New South Wales a run for his money.
But like us all he too had his demons and Raphael opted for the road less taken and away from the millwheel. Unlike our ogres, who we try to keep securely locked in the cupboard of our lives, Raphael’s skeletons were a tad more outgoing. They tended to amble along with him.
To his eternal credit he never allowed them offend or harm anyone. A more gentle soul never came over the R334 to the village. Daily he took his place in a crouched position at the wall near the phone box or some suitable vantage point. And regardless of the inclemency of the weather, Raphael went toe to toe with the elements. He was an ever-present with an exemplary attendance record.
His needs were simple; Assumpta and the girls provided the odd haircut when needed, someone else the bit of sustenance, and others the lift home with the bale of briquettes as night nodded towards another day.
And long before the EU/IMF came to our shores, Raphael could orchestrate his own bit of a bailout if necessary. Another first for Shrule.
His demands were minimal. He always applied the pretence it was for some other purchase. The required tender was normally equivalent to the price of a pint. A tariff enough to gain entry and no more was his ask. It was for the lifting of the latch. After that he fended for himself.
When he was a bit flush his generous nature came to the fore and many a garsún enjoyed a bar of chocolate from Raphael. There was a child within.
Everyone has their own Raphael yarn to share and those little anecdotes will be recycled for years to come at the counters of Shrule.
But Shrule must unfold without Raphael now and it will be the poorer for it. Someone up there rang the golden bells to summon him from his earthly dominion. He leaves a void in Shrule that will not be filled for a long time to come.
He’d have been dead chuffed also to hear the well-spoken lady announcing his funeral notice on MWR pronounce his name as “Raf Aye Elle.” He got the traditional send-off that is synonymous with Shrule funerals. He’ll be missed in passing.
We’ll leave it at that.

Tribute to Raphael Madden , from the Mayo News Jan 13, 2012 , written by and with the permission of
Willie McHugh
williemchughshrule @ gmail.com

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Shrule Market 22 April

A market was held in Shrule , Co Mayo on the 22 April 2006 . Under the Casual Trading Act 1995 , market rights unused in the 10 year period up to 1 May 2006 could be automatically extinguished .

Shrule Market 22 April 2006 - G.Mullen buys vegetables from M.Murphy.

G.Mullen buys vegetables from M.Murphy.

Luckily Shrule will not lose the right due to the vigilance of some local marketeers! Market Rights exist for most towns in Ireland and were granted to Town Councils or Individuals over a four hundred-year period by the English Crown. The granting of Market Rights often reflects the bitter power struggles that especially characterised the 17th and 18th centuries. Absolute power was granted to Individuals or Corporations in England’s bid to colonise Ireland and one of these powers was the control and financial rewards of market trading.

They were granted “Market Rights” by the English Crown in the form of complex and legally binding “charters” or “letters patent” that encompass special rights under English Law. Ireland’s legal system is based on English Law and so recognises and accepts the primacy of Market Rights. Market Rights that were granted four hundred years ago are still as valid now as they were then and in Ireland have constitutional protection.

A “Market Right” is also the publics right to trade in a certain area, at a certain time. In Ireland and England complex laws have evolved in relation to Market Rights and on the whole reflect the general public’s need for the use of a market place .The right exists as much for the customer as it does for the seller.

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Shrule Fair – Easter Monday

Under the Casual Trading Act 1995 , market rights unused in the 10 year period up to 1 May 2006 could be automatically extinguished . Luckily Shrule will not lose the right due to the vigilance of some local marketeers!

Sale agreed! Sean McGath sells a lamb to John Muldoon

Sale agreed! Sean McGath sells a lamb to John Muldoon

Market Rights exist for most towns in Ireland and were granted to Town Councils or Individuals over a four hundred-year period by the English Crown.

The granting of Market Rights often reflects the bitter power struggles that especially characterised the 17th and 18th centuries. Absolute power was granted to Individuals or Corporations in England’s bid to colonise Ireland and one of these powers was the control and financial rewards of market trading.

They were granted “Market Rights” by the English Crown in the form of complex and legally binding “charters” or “letters patent” that encompass special rights under English Law. Ireland’s legal system is based on English Law and so recognises and accepts the primacy of Market Rights.

Market Rights that were granted four hundred years ago are still as valid now as they were then and in Ireland have constitutional protection. A “Market Right” is also the publics right to trade in a certain area, at a certain time. In Ireland and England complex laws have evolved in relation to Market Rights and on the whole reflect the general public’s need for the use of a market place .

The right exists as much for the customer as it does for the seller.

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Shrule-Glencorrib v Crossmolina (2005)

AS Peadar Gardiner stood on the presentation platform in McHale Park, the Moclair Cup sitting before him, he attempted an acceptance speech. His efforts were, however, bedevilled by feedback from an erratic microphone, and the hundreds of Crossmolina supporters splashed in maroon across the pitch had to go home with the familiar feeling of being Mayo?s best team to console themselves. It was not the first time last Sunday that northern royalty were harassed by a persistent opponent.

Shrule-Glencorrib 2005

Shrule-Glencorrib 2005

The victors were the better side in this county final, but the margin of their triumph gives every due credit to a stubborn and often superb Shrule/Glencorrib challenge. They began the game at a frenzy, led by five points, were a score to the good at half-time, and did not allow Crossmolina to raise a flag for an astonishing 23 minutes of the second half, which included over seven minutes of time added on.

What they lacked, though, was the poise of their opponent, a team whose experience has been tempered at the very highest levels of the game. Cross? were able to harry, to fill space, to press the life out of budding attacks by the border team. But there is no shame in this loss for Shrule/Glencorrib: they have made progress over the past half decade that is admirable, and when the sting of such a loss diminishes, there should remain a team with aspirations to this level in coming seasons.

There were the guts of 5,000 people poured into the county ground come 3.45pm, the majority streaming from the south of the county. By the time Peter Geraghty tossed in the ball – the official had a mixed afternoon on a day when both sets of players behaved impeccably – the atmosphere was cranked up, and it seemed to spill over the sideline and affect the players, as we waited nine minutes for the game?s first score.

This was preceded by much chopping and changing, with the grapevine getting it right when Jimmy Nallen strode in to pick up Conor Mortimer, and James Lohan returning from a hamstring injury to take his place at midfield for Shrule/Glencorrib. Both of these deviations from the named line-ups proved significant, with Nallen?s experience, while not snuffing out Mortimer?s threat, certainly quelling it, as Lohan worked through a mountain of ball and was a stand-out performer.

Both sides had the umpires waving for wides, before Mark Ronaldson almost goaled. A quick free by Trevor Mortimer caught the Crossmolina defence out, and Ronaldson moved onto the bouncing ball, flicking it towards goal. Barry Heffernan had to get down smartly to push it out for a 45. A long, probing pass from Trevor was the conduit for their first score, Conor dashing out ahead of Nallen and arcing over a point. Three minutes later, he was first on to a breaking ball and snapped over tidily from almost 50 metres out.

The underdog were snarling at this stage, with Cross? looking decidedly uncomfortable. This might have given way to the first whispers of panic after 13 minutes, when Ronaldson diverted another long ball into space, ran on and pierced a shot beyond Heffernan. He was giving a torrid time to Jonathan O?Boyle.

But this is when the years of winning county, Connacht and national titles stands to a team like Crossmolina. They responded to Shrule/Glencorrib?s vibrant start with a goal that was wonderfully well-worked. Michael Moyles collected McDonald?s pass, and flicked the ball back to Noel Convey.

The corner-forward then pitched a delightful pass into space for Moyles to attack, and the ball ended up high and hard beyond Derek Walsh. Two Ciar?n McDonald points, one a free and the other a great score struck while he was off-balance and under defensive pressure, had the teams level by the 24th minute, and there followed a rush of scores before the break.

Peadar Gardiner barrelled through the defence of Declan Ronaldson?s team, a trick he was to repeat to telling effect throughout the game, and his run was not tracked. He played a one-two with Paul McGuinness and smacked over, an effort that was followed less than 60 seconds later by the point of the match from McDonald, who nailed a thundering effort from the left-hand sideline.

By this stage, he was being picked up by Dermot Geraghty, who enjoyed patchy success on him, and Trevor Mortimer had moved inside to full-forward. After a neat Mark Ronaldson score, Darren Murphy pulled out his own contender for the match?s best point, punting long, hard and sweetly accurately over the bar with his left boot.

The half?s last action saw Shrule/Glencorrib enter the dressing-rooms with a one-point lead, Mark Ronaldson, their most threatening player on the day, slapping over after sloppy Cross? defending.

Hardly had the din of half-time chat from the stands stilled when Crossmolina goaled. Thirty-three seconds died between the restart, and a green flag heralding a fine Brian Benson score. Once again, Gardiner galloped through the centre of the Shrule/Glencorrib defence with far too much ease, and fed Brian Benson, who cleverly placed his shot beyond the frame of Walsh.

The brothers Mortimer, Trevor and Conor, posted a point apiece by the fourth minute to level the teams, but Crossmolina then hoarded five points in seven minutes, the last their final score of the game, but it was a push potent enough to claim the title.

Benson gave just reward to good McDonald work to land a point, before yet another Gardiner gear-change through the defence yielded a point. Michael Moyles bent over a sweet score from the left, and Paul McGuinness and Moyles again completed the spurt.

They faltered by five points, but Shrule/Glencorrib did not panic. David Geraghty, a fine performer for the club all year, bustled up from the half-back line to add a score, while Conor Mortimer flicked over a 14 yard free, after a baffling foul was awarded against Gabriel Walsh. Conor found the range with another free by the 56th minute, there were two points separating the sides, and the south Mayo side sensed not all hope had whistled away.

Conor failed with another dead ball kick, while Ciar?n McDonald effected a crucial block around the middle to hamstring one of the waves of attacks washing over Crossmolina. James Lohan lashed a ball across the Cross goal that was gathered and pointed by Conor Mortimer, but by then over seven minutes of added time had been played, and it was a challenge too far for Shrule/Glencorrib.

Crossmolina were revelling in that old familiar feeling so beloved of winners.

Original Mayo News – Wednesday October 5, 2005
Submitted by report by Shane McGrath
Mayo News
Web site http://www.mayonews.ie/current/sport.tmpl$showpage?value1=3337420387240951

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