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Get on those Moycullen Historical Society walking trails

This weekend sees the start of National Heritage Week and Moycullen Historical Society launch the 4th in their series of local walking trails. The society invite you to join them this Saturday, August 19 for the inaugural guided walk and talk along the Tullokyne to Killannin Esker - the best example of an esker on the west side of the Corrib.

Listen to Prof. Martin Feely, Geologist NUIG, to find out how and when eskers were formed and what they are made of. Hear from Dr. Caitriona Carlin, Ecologist NUIG, on how that influences the wealth of wildlife associated with eskers and learn some facts about historical sites in the vicinity. Setting off from Tullokyne National School at 10.00am, the walk finishes with refreshments and complimentary access at Brigit’s Garden.

As walkers will stop along the way to look at the esker profile and point out plants and animals, also visiting sites of historical interest such as the Martin burial Chapel and Major Poppleton’s Tomb, the event will take about 3 – 3.5 hours. (To facilitate a full schedule on the inaugural walk, transport will be provided for partial section of the route ).

Car parking available at Tullokyne School and transport will be available to take you back to your car from Brigit’s Garden after the event. Please do dress for the weather, bring water and suncream if necessary. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

To book for this free event, or for further information, please contact 087 4364699 or email: [email protected]

Also in Moycullen Historical Society’s Calendar this weekend is A Guided Killagoola Loop Trail, incl. visit to early Christian Oratory ruins of Teampall Eanna. This starts on Sunday, 20th August, at 10.00am from An Fuarán Car Park (opposite The Forge Bar ). Distance is approx. 6.5km

All Events details are available on website www.moycullen.galwaycommunityheritage.org

Communities still waiting for funding approval - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has hit out at the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs after it emerged that not one application under the Town & Village Renewal Programme 2017 has been approved to date.

In reply to a Parliamentary Question, Minister Heather Humphreys confirmed that applications are still “being assessed” but Deputy Ó Cuív said that the delays within the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs are now par for the course.

“It’s running a huge underspend across a range of programmes, and seems oblivious to the fact that communities across the country are reliant on this funding to carry out essential works.“

€7m was set aside for the CLÁR programme for 2017, and despite the fact that 231 projects have been approved, not one cent has been spent on any of them. These projects were approved some months ago but the community groups have been left in limbo and are still waiting for the final letters of approval of projects

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