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Dublin has long been considered Ireland's professional mecca, with job opportunities other counties simply don't have. 

However, a new survey has found that the West of Ireland is attracting highly-skilled professionals, with three quarters of job seekers who moved west finding work easily.  

Galway and Mayo are drawing the eye of professionals tired of the eternal Dublin struggle for housing, with the west's promise of a better quality of life, career opportunities, lower property prices and more disposable income, according to the Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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91% of respondents said they were happy with their move to the West of Ireland and 78% would recommend others relocate to Galway or Mayo.

85% have either moved into a similar or more senior role than the one they held before moving. Since relocating, 76% say the balance between their working and home lives is much better now.

When asked about the factors that influenced their move to the West, 91% cited a better quality of life, while 60% wanted to be closer to family and friends. 

'Even though I was enjoying Dublin, my heart was here in the West of Ireland,' said Samantha Commons, Associate Director of Human Resources at Allergan, Galway. 

'When I started thinking about where I wanted to be, I thought that I’d probably end up in Galway because that’s where a lot of the larger companies are that would have HR requirements.'

So if Dublin isn'#t taking your fancy, perhaps the boom is back out west. 

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They were set to play the All-Ireland qualifier against Cavan this Saturday.

Nevertheless, it seems that all is not well with the Mayo ladies football team. 

Reports have just emerged that there has been a mass walk out, with 10 players leaving the squad.

The Mayo News has said that the dispute was caused by welfare issues. 

The players who have walked include captain Sarah Tierney, vice-captain Fiona MacHale and Cora Staunton.

The team selector Michel MacHale – who is the father of Fiona MacHale – has also left the set-up.

The paper reports that the players informed manager Peter Leahy of their decision and then the county board.

Public Relations Officer Susan Rodgers confirmed that players had left the squad in the last week.

''Mayo Ladies County Board can confirm that a number of players have departed the county panel. Preparations are ongoing for Saturday’s All-Ireland Qualifier against Cavan and we will not be making any further comment until that game is over,'' she confirmed. 

Mayo would have been considered championship contenders going into this season after losing last year's All-Ireland final to Dublin.

Watch this space but it sure looks like the future of the Mayo ladies football team is on uncertain ground for the time being.  

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Stop what you're doing and prepare for a second dose of Royal wedding fever, because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are rumoured to be enjoying some quality time in Ireland as we speak. 

According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are staying at the 5 star  Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo, which has previously played host to other high-profile guests such as John Lennon and former US President Ronald Reagan.

Locals in the area claim there's a huge security presence around the grounds of the castle, with all perimeters and local roads being patrolled. 

It was previously reported that the newlyweds would likely travel to Ireland shortly after their wedding, however it was originally thought that the pair would attend a series of events over the two-day visit. 

While there has been no official confirmation of a Royal presence in Ireland, all signs seem to indicate the newlyweds are in town! 

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So, in case you weren't aware, there's a pretty big event coming up in the Irish sporting calendar.

This Sunday, Dublin senior footballers will take on Mayo in the GAA All Ireland Final, and it's safe to say people are rather excited about the epic clash.

However, it looks like some GAA fans will be left disappointed after Dublin City Council has confirmed it will not be showing the match on a big screen in Smithfield.

It was previously feared that the event would not go ahead due to the excessive cost of putting it together, though a statement from those in charge has confirmed the decision was made over concerns for local residents.

"To organise three large events in a row, with separate build and take down requirements, is considered an unfair imposition on residents in the area", a statement read.

Dublin City Council said it wants to "apologise for any confusion that may have arisen and wish the Dubs all the best".

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The wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 has been located off the Mayo coast.

The helicopter was found 60 metres off Blackrock Island.

A remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) sent down into the water to establish the location of the wrecked craft. 

The ROV was unable to confirm if the three still-missing crew members are with the wreckage, which went missing last Tuesday. 

"This morning a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) from the Granuaile conducted operations on the sea bed and we located parts of Rescue 116," Superintendent Tony Healy told The Sunday World. 

"We're actively assessing what we found…this is a hugely significant step in the ongoing process of the crew of rescue 116".

Search efforts are continuing to recover the missing crewmen, Captain Mark Duffy,Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith. 

One crew member, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, was discovered last week in critical condition, but later passed away in hospital. 

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Gardaí are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were discovered at a property in County Mayo this afternoon.

The body of a woman in her mid 60s and a man in his late 70s were found near Irishtown, Claremorris, at around 3pm today after a family acquaintance raised the alarm.

The deceased are believed to have been married and were well known in the local area.

A man in his 30s was found with serious injuries nearby.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway and his condition is currently unknown.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

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With the Dublin – Mayo rematch tomorrow, it's safe to say GAA fans are getting pretty excited about it.

However, one little boy, David Barrett, was left heartbroken after not being able to secure a ticket to the match.

David's mam, Maria, wrote into Broadsheet, and told them a story that is going to brighten up your day:

"My son has been to event Mayo game this year, apart from the drawn final. We struggled to get tickets and it was breaking out poor little man's heart. We had to take down the poster of Aidan O'Shea from his room as he was so upset.

"Then an incredible thing happened. My husband was having a pint in our local pub Mulvihill's, when he started telling the story to our local barman Darragh (A Cork man better known as 'Hightower').

"A stranger sitting on his own at the bar overheard the whole story, and fell into conversation with my husband about GAA, the price of milk, and all kind of other things.

"He left the bar late in the evening and said to my husband, 'your son's name is David, right?' My husband replied yes.

"He never knew anything about the man, apart from the fact that his name was Conor and he had very pronounced dimples when he smiled.

"Two days ago, a letter arrived into Mulvihill's addressed to 'Master David Barrett, Mayo's biggest fan' and Hightower's jaw nearly dropped when he saw a ticket to the final in the envelope!

"Little Davey wrote him a letter (above) and I just want to let Conor know, if he ever sees this, that his kindness will never be forgotten."

This is the sweetest story we've heard all week!

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If we thought the country was gripped by All Ireland fever earlier this month, it’s nothing on the excitement currently building in the run-up to this weekend’s replay.

Oh, but if you think donning your jersey and waving your flag is enough to show your support for the lads this Saturday, think again.

Ladies, by the looks of things in the wesht, if the breakfast you tuck into before making the pilgrimage to Croke Park doesn’t boast your county colours, you may as well stay where you are and shout for the other lads.

Luckily for Mayo supporters, Kelly’s butchers in Newport have taken the situation in hand and are now proudly displaying a selection of red and green sausages in preparation for the big day.

But whether Stephen Rochford and his men will be tucking in is another question…

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Desperate Housewives was certainly something we all binge-watched growing up. The glamour, the drama… the crazy.

But now, a little bit of that has come to Ireland, in the name of Felicity Huffman.

Yep, the actress touched down on our green shores this week to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

The star took to Twitter to share some pictures of her stay at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo.

She wrote: "This might be the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

My girl is 16 this week and we're off on an adventure."

She also said that she's going to be spending some time in Dublin, so watch out ladies!

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We all love chocolate. And to be honest, we'd eat a big chocolate cake everyday if our hips would allow us.

But there's a new controversial ingredient which one baker believes is the key to a "chocolate nirvana."

Are you ready for it? … You're going to squirm… OK, it's mayonnaise.

"Now before you go and turn your nose up, I want you to understand why mayonnaise is used to make some of the finest chocolate cake you'll ever experience," said Mirabile, an American baker.

Mirabile also explained to Country Living that the sandwich spread acts as a substitute for the oil that's normally used in chocolate cake. It balances out the sugar and stops the cake from becoming too dry.

Well, do you think you would be brave enough? We're ready for "chocolate nirvana," but we're not so sure about mayo. 

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With his wife, Nicola, his three young children, Lucy, Alex and Andrew, and a host of dignitaries – including Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny – in attendance, the funeral of Garda Tony Golden has now taken place. 

The service was held at the small St Oliver Plunkett's church in the parish of Blackrock, Co Louth at 12noon.

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Prior to the service the funeral cortège, led by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, had made its way through the locale 

Businesses in the area have shut for the day as a mark of respect, with most residents instead lining the town's streets.

Most impactful of all, however, was the sight of 35-year-old Garda Tony's coffin being escorted by thousands of his serving colleagues, many of them in uniform.

The church itself can only accommodate some 300 people, so most stood in the grounds, where big screens broadcasting the funeral have been erected.

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Tony was killed on Sunday when he responded to a local 999 call.

He was shot and shortly afterwards died alongside the 24-year-old shooter, Adrian Crevan Mackin, who turned the gun on himself after fatally striking Garda Golden. 

The killer's partner and the mother of his two children, Siobhán Phillips, 22, remains in a critical condition in a Dublin hospital after also being shot in the head by Crevan Mackin.  

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This afternoon, the dead garda was remembered as a role model for the community; his brother, Patrick, also described him as a "big gentle giant".

And in his homily, chief celebrant Fr Pádraig Keenan told the congregation that the killing of Garda Golden was "cold blooded murder". He reminded the mourners that Co Mayo-native was the 88th garda to die in the line of duty. 

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He continued: "It is 88 members too many. He like all the others is mourned by the entire nation.

Fr Keenan went on to say that too many hearts have been broken, and too many lives shattered. There is no place for violence in our society, violence is wrong, always wrong, he stated.

Symbols brought to altar by heartbroken family members include photographs; a club jersey and hurley from the Stephanites GAA club in his native Ballina, Co Mayo; as well as a TV remote control, a soft drink, a bar of chocolate and packet of crisps to recall his cherished "time out".

Garda Golden will now be laid to rest at St Paul's Cemetery Heynestown.

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The egg is a pretty major player in the kitchen.

But many people only go so far as to scramble them with a bit of added salt. Not the most exciting dish, right?

Considering they cost next to nothing, the egg is a brilliant food that will go with nearly anything. 

So, if you want to spice things up this weekend, look at these delicious egg dishes:

Spring Vegetable, Goats Cheese and Ham Frittata

Fresh veggies make this frittata a breakfast staple during the colder months. And it looks gorgeous too!

 

Egg-Drop Noodle Soup

Use quick-cooking ramen and store-bought chicken broth to get this hearty rendition of the Chinese-restaurant classic on the table in a jiffy.

 

Huevos Racheros Salad

A bright, sunny-side-up fried egg steals the show on this Southwestern salad topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and a citrusy black-bean-and-tomato salsa.

 

Coffee Creme Brulee

To create the signature shell covering this creamy, coffee-infused custard, sprinkle with brown sugar and broil until bubbly and deep brown.

 

The Ultimate Homemade Mayo

Put a tasty spin on this beloved condiment by choosing one of these lively variations.

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