Michael Burke

  • Former Mayo minor manager Michael (Mick) Burke has passed away.

    Mr Burke of Drumminwonagh, Westport and formerly of Tourmakeady, was manager of the team which won the All-Ireland title in 1985.

    According to the Connaught Telegraphy he also coached Burrishoole GAA Club for many years and trained the Mayo VEC senior squad to an All-Ireland crown in 1972.

    He also served as selector of the Mayo senior squad for a period.

    During his own playing career, he featured for his native Tourmakeady, winning a West Mayo Junior title in 1972 and an All-Ireland Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta medal the following year. He also played with Kilmeena for eight years and in 1986 was part of the management team that won a county title with the club.

    A teacher by profession, he was a former member of the staff of Davitt College, Castlebar, and Kiltimagh Vocational School.

     

  • Former Mayo County Councillor Michael Burke has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Claremorris electoral area to contest the local elections next month.

    Michael will be contesting in the Ballinrobe town and South Mayo area to try and win back a seat for the party in the area.

    Michael says he is well aware of the needs and challenges the area faces and is willing to do his very best to serve this community as he has done so in the past. He says Ballinrobe is the largest town in Mayo without a resident councillor and he feels the area is suffering without one.

  • The south Mayo village of Shrule is “damned with dereliction”, but it’s not the only village or town in the county with the problem, according to Ballinrobe based Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke.

    The councillor made the remark at this week’s monthly meeting of the Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District where he called on government to introduce an incentive that might at least begin to address the problem.

    He said dereliction is a problem in Shrule, Kilmaine, Ballinrobe and Cong and he believes the only way it will be addressed is, if an owner occupier can purchase a derelict property and then be given a write down/ tax credit over 15 to 20 years to live in the property.