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Fresh from their series of magnificent wins at this year’s Skibbereen Grand League Regatta, Limerick Regatta and Irish Schools Regatta the Colaiste Iognaid (Jes ) Rowing Club will hold a fundraising Ergathon in Galway on the Bank Holiday Monday May 1.

All funds raised will help the club purchase new boats to replace aging stock. There will be two locations for the fundraising rowing event on the May Bank Holiday Monday - Shop St beside the Oscar Wilde statue in the city centre and on the prom in Salthill, next to the car park.

Rowing machines will be set up at both locations and the young rowers from the Jes will take turns to row on the machines, beginning at 11am and continuing throughout the afternoon.The group aim to row for 50km on each machine, equivalent to rowing from Galway to Oughterard - and back again.

There will be 4 ergs per location with rowers erging on 15 min rotations with relays and race-offs twice every hour. There will even be opportunities for adults, particularly former rowers, to take part also. So if you are on Shop St or the prom on Monday, be sure to give the rowers your support and encouragement. And maybe join in the fun.

Gala dinner to mark ten years of Coeliac society in west

The Western Branch, Coeliac Society of Ireland are holding a G ala Dinner, to celebrate the tenth a nniversary of the current committee of the Western Branch.

The event will be held on the Sunday May 7 2017 at 4pm in The Twelve Hotel, Bearna Village, Galway (www.thetwelvehotel.ie ) and includes a four-course Gala Dinner (including a cocktail reception ) and a cookery demo by Martin O’Donnell (Head Chef, The Twelve Hotel )

Places are limited, and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Contact Caroline on 087 9309983 if you have any queries.

Mayor’s Ball to benefit six charities

Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Noel Larkin, will be hosting the 2017 Mayoral Charity Ball in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit on Saturday May 20 with the funds raised going toward six worthy causes.

The event will feature a reception followed by a five-course dinner,and superb music and entertainment.

All proceeds of the night will be donated to local charities Blue Teapot, Corrib Lions Club, Childlike, Sonas, Crannog and the Parkinsons Association.

Tickets are €90 and can be purchased from the Treasure Chest in Galway City. For details, contact 091-563862 / 567757.

Meeting on Bofin

The Annual General Meeting of the island representative organisation, Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, will take place this morning (Thursday ) on Inishbofin Island where Minister of State, Sean Kyne will address the gathering in Inishbofin Community Centre.

Minister Kyne will be joined by a number of local, regional and national politicians and government bodies.

The AGM will be open to all and lunch will be served . The AGM will be followed by a seminar ‘Tourism on the Islands’.

Chelsea flower show winner Mary Reynolds in Galway this weekend

Transition Galway are holding a free public talk by renowned Irish garden designer Mary Reynolds at the Secret Garden café, William Street West, Galway City on this Saturday April 29, starting at 11am.

Mary will speak about her work and her new book. All are welcome. A Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTÉ and BBC.

Many Galwegians will have visited Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill which she designed. Mary has also developed her years of listening to the land into a comprehensive and ground – breaking book called ‘The Garden Awakening: Designs to Nurture Our Land and Ourselves’.

Her new approach to garden design is a practical treasure map that leads gardeners into a gentle and healing relationship with the land. This book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land and using them to invite the power and energy of nature back into your life and surround your house and life in its life giving healing embrace.

Local environmental group Transition Galway have been organising free public talks on environmental issues since 2011.The format for this event will be: a brief introduction, Mary reading an excerpt from her new book followed by an interview with a person from Transition Galway followed by questions from the audience. Mary will be available to sign copies of her new book after the event.

Gardai investigate city centre assault

Gardai in the city are investigating an incident in which a man was assaulted at the weekend.

Last Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning, a man visiting Galway for the weekend was beaten up at Mainguard St.

He received a number of blows to the head and midriff and sustained head injuries and a broken nose during the assault.

Anybody who was in Mainguard Street area on Friday night and who may have witnessed anything in relation to the assault is asked to contact Galway Gardai, where Garda Kenneth Boyle is investigating the incident. Galway gardai can be contacted at 091 538000.

Adopt a Spot and help Galway Tidy Towns

A new exciting project called Adopt A Spot / Tóg Spóta has been launched by Galway City Tidy Towns. It will give opportunities to schools, sports clubs, resident associations, individual businesses and organisations, volunteers to select a part of the city and assist in its maintenance.

The logo which is designed to put location pins on the Galway City Tidy Towns entry map will when completed show all the amazing work that is done on a daily basis by groups in the city and displayed on its new website galwaytidytowns.com and on the Galway Tidy Towns Facebook page.

This will also give an opportunity to provide education on the importance of Tidy Towns and the role everyone has to play in assisting with our goal in this national competition.

The works carried out on a daily basis by the City Council street cleaning and parks departments continue to be the back bone of the City and it is intended to fill in the gaps with the volunteer project Adopt A Spot. The Galway City Big Clean up will take place from May 12, 13 and 14. and Tidy Towns will continue all year round.

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