16th annual Féile Iorrais draws big crowds

The 16th annual Féile Iorrais, sponsored by the Corrib Gas Partners, ran from July 15 to July 24 this year, at venues all over Erris. The international folk arts festival grows bigger by the year and is now attracting top international as well as national acts.

World boxing champion the star of Geesala Festival

The highlight of the 2011 Geesala Festival, which was part-sponsored by Shell, was undoubtedly the victory of well-known local boxer Henry Coyle in the IBF light-middle weight world championship contest. The fight for the vacant title against Italian Elio Catena, which took place before a packed house at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, provided a clear-cut victory for Coyle and sparked off scenes of great jubilation throughout Erris and Mayo.

Meath man wins Corrib Natural Gas Carne Golf Pro-Am

The sun was still shining as Peter Martin from Riverside Golf Academy in Meath accepted his prize for winning the 2011 Corrib Natural Gas Carne Golf Pro-Am on Sunday, 19 June – a fitting end to what had been a glorious weekend at the Erris links course.

Corrib gas terminal declared ready to receive gas

A significant milestone was reached on the Corrib gas project on May 12 when the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Processing Terminal was handed over from the construction to the operations team. Following a Statement of Fitness review, the terminal declared ready to receive hydrocarbons.

Killybegs operation delivers excellent safety record

The 2011 offshore works came to an end in Killybegs, the main offshore logistics base for the Sedco 711 rig campaign, in October. Once again the highlight of the season was the continued professionalism and commitment to safety of all involved in the Killybegs operation, which led to yet another season that was accident and incident free.

Over 100 now employed at tunnel site

Employment on the tunnel construction compound at Aughoose has now exceeded the 100 mark and, despite adverse weather conditions in recent weeks, planned progress is on target.

Showtime in Erris

FORTY years after the Belmullet Agricultural Show ceased to be, a new community-wide version arrived on the scene in spectacular style this summer.

New MD takes the reins on Corrib

Michael Crothers, a native of Canada, took over as Managing Director of Shell E&P Ireland Limited and Corrib project venture manager on December 1. He replaces Terry Nolan who had held the positions for the past four years.

Permits received for onshore pipeline

The final permit - a foreshore licence - for the construction of the Corrib gas onshore pipeline, connecting the Glengad landfall to the terminal at Bellanaboy, has been granted by the Department of the Environment. This follows the granting of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in January of this year and the awarding of a Section 40 consent under the Gas Act by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Terry Nolan retires from Shell

After five and a half years on the Corrib project, Terry Nolan is to retire as Managing Director of Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) at the end of the year.