• Tributes were paid to Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of
    Mayo County Council, at a function in Castlebar Celtic clubhouse at
    the weekend.
    Cllr Gavin was presented with the Dr. John Kennedy , CBE, Irish
    Diaspora International Award in recognition of his 25 years service to
    the cause of the Diaspora.
    The award was presented in person by Dr. Kennedy, who had flown in
    from the UK , and who said it was an “ honour " to
    formally recognise all that Blackie Gavin has done for the emigrant
    Host for the evening was Kevin Bourke, who recalled that, twenty five
    years ago, he had first mentioned to Blackie Gavin his plans for
    reaching out to Irish emigrants, especially those who had fallen on
    hard times.
    The response, he said, was that Blackie would run the marathon in
    Dublin , where he raised the then substantial fund of € 5000 for the
    emigrant liaison project.
    Referring to the Cathaoirleach as a firm friend of diaspora down
    through the years, he said that Cllr, Gavin had never failed to support their efforts whenever help was needed.

  • Claremorris-based company CBE has created 20 new jobs, as a result of continued growth in Ireland and particularly in the UK.

    The company, which was founded in Claremorris in 1980 with 3 staff initially, now has a presence in 12 countries and employs almost 160 people in designing and developing software applications for the retail and hospitality sectors.

    The 20 new jobs have been filled recently, but the company is expecting to continue to recruit more graduates, as their business continues to grow.

    CEO of CBE Séan Kenna told Midwest News that, despite the challenges of Brexit, the company has experienced almost 50% growth in the UK in the last year and a half, and is continuing to grow in Ireland and internationally.