• 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.

  • The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon will host a public town hall consultation meeting at The T.F. Royal Hotel & Theatre in Castlebar on Monday evening next, July 8th, from 6 to 8pm,to get the public’s view on Ireland’s new diaspora policy and everyone is invited to attend.

    The Government has committed to introducing a new diaspora policy in 2020.

    Minister Cannon told Midwest News today that the  policy will guide Ireland’s engagement with Irish people living overseas, with communities of Irish heritage, and with individuals around the world who feel an affinity with Irish culture and values.