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Sunday 22 April 2018

West is best for trains

WESTPORT is Ireland's favourite train station, as voted by the travelling public.

The Co Mayo station was honoured at the Iarnrod Eireann Best Station awards after topping the list of criteria including staff helpfulness, station appearance and customer information. It is the first time the busy station has been honoured at the awards, and it will receive a crystal trophy of a locomotive. Other winners include Carlow (best in Leinster), Killarney (Munster), Pearse (DART station) and Adamstown, Dublin (commuter).

ARMSTRONG'S WALKWAY

HE visited just once but Neil Armstrong left such a lasting impression on one Irish town that it has named a walkway through its town park in his honour.

The Neil Armstrong Way was officially dedicated to the world's most famous astronaut in Tralee, Co Kerry, just one of the celebrations to mark 'Heroes' Week' in the town. The decision to call the walkway after him was made following his death last August.

CLARKE TRIBUTE OPENS

The most important collection of Irish history material in public hands will be unveiled by the Taoiseach tomorrow.

Mr Kenny will officially open the Jackie Clarke Collection at its new home, the former Provincial Bank in Ballina town. The collection is the life's work of the late businessman and 'genius collector', Jackie Clarke. It comprises over 100,000 items spanning 400 years and among the artefacts are items associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O'Donovan Rossa.

RAMADAN WARNING

Muslims suffering from diabetes – who intend fasting during Ramadan next month – are being advised to talk to their doctor in advance to avoid becoming seriously ill.

Ramadan, the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed, takes place from July 9-August 7 next and it involves fasting as part of religious observance. Diabetes Ireland pointed out people who choose to fast during Ramadan abstain from food, drink and oral medications from dawn to sunset.

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