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Castlebar Firm wins National Prism Award

Turlough Community Centre Duck Race

Proposed new road from Castlebar to Westport

Castlebar Firm wins National Prism Award

Horkans Garden Centre won the National Prism Award at an award ceremony on Friday 19 May in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. The winner was announced by Alfie Kane of eircom at an Oscar-style ceremony. Paraic Horkan accepted his award on behalf of Horkans Garden Centre. The judges cited their foresight in obtaining the prestigious domain name as part of their business strategy. Their domain and web site is hosted right here on the Castlebar Server Network. Paraic Horkan had already accepted the Western Regional Prism Award earlier in the year and his selection was clearly vindicated by this follow-on national award.

The award for Horkans Garden Centre who have developed their Prism strategy entirely on a local basis using the Castlebar Server, local web design and local e-commerce facilities is also a feather in the cap for Castlebar's Information Age Town Committee.

The Prism Courses are sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland and eircom. In Castlebar the Prism course is run by Maria Quinn, Executive Director of Castlebar Chamber of Commerce. The course is designed to develop an Internet Business Strategy for local businesses. It's obvious that Maria is up there with the best of them when Castlebar succeeded in scooping the Regional and now the National award against hot competition including Rehab Lotteries.

Local owner-managers can join the Prism Course and can also set up e-business web sites for their companies on the Castlebar Server Network. Check out the the Prism page.

Turlough Community Development Association

Duck Race & Heritage Day

to be held in Turlough

on Sunday 4th of June 2000

The Heritage Day display will be held

in Turlough Village

Time 2 - 6p.m.

Race starts @ 3p.m.

Refreshments will be available in the Community Centre

Ducks can be sponsored by buying a ticket 5

Tickets may be available on the day -otherwise phone 21850 to arrange

Prizes for the winning ducks are:

1st- 500 plus voucher for Killykeen Homes-value 200(sponsored by Coillte

2nd- 200 plus a 20" colour television

3rd- 100 plus Stereo system - value 99

(sponsored Mc Grath Electrical, Turlough)

4th- 100 plus Food Hamper value 30 (sponsored by Super Valu)

5th- 50 plus 2 tickets for Daniel O'Donnell concert on August 14th

(sponsored by Travellers Friend Hotel)

6th- 50 plus food hamper (sponsored by N.C.F)

7th- 50 plus voucher value 20 (sponsored by Turlough Nurseries)

8th- 50 plus voucher value 10 (sponsored by Turlough Nurseries)

9th- 50

10th- 50

This is a great family day out. The Heritage display will show arts, crafts, cars and artefacts from the past. The duck race will start at Connors Bridge which is down the side road beside the Community centre, it can also be accessed on foot from the N5. The plastic ducks, which are individually numbered to correspond with the ticket of the owner, are released from their captive crate at the waterfall at the bridge. From there it is survival of the fittest ducks to see which are the fastest to cover the course to Rowlands bridge (the 3rd bridge downstream from the start). Ducks will be followed on their way by the local "coaches," who will trawl the river for any slow or lost ducks. Anxious owners can catch sight of the leading ducks at the middle bridge, which is at the entrance to Turlough Park house.

When the race is over, the Heritage Day events will continue, which include: Dancing and music on the street.

So do come along and enjoy the fun!


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