Newport walking trail gets €20,000 boost

The Calicaun Bay Trail, an old drovers track leading to a vantage point overlooking the majestic Clew Bay, has been approved enhancement funding of €20,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development.  Located just outside the town of Newport, the trail lies beside the Great Western Greenway and the Burrishoole Loop trails.  “This project will provide access to a coastal viewing point from the Great Western Greenway […]

Bright future ahead for South West Mayo Development Company

South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC) has charted an ambitious future in its 2021-2027 Strategic Plan, which was publicly launched on Thursday, 15 April 2021.  A lynchpin of economic, social and community development in Mayo for the last 30 years, SWMDC has set out five high-level goals to guide its work and supports over the next six years.  In […]

Gerry O’Neill signs off after 20 years as Chief Executive Officer

Excerpt Text and Photographs: John Corless  The retirement of Gerry O’Neill as Chief Executive of South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC) was marked in Balla, with a socially-distanced gathering of staff after the September 2021 meeting of the company’s voluntary board of directors.  Gerry joined the fledgling company in June 1992, as a LEADER Project Officer in the first pilot LEADER Rural Development Programme. He was appointed […]