Everest mountaineer Stelfox to enthral audiences at Connemara Sea Week

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The first Irishman to climb Mount Everest Dawson Stelfox is among the amazing adventurers set to enthral audiences as the biggest celebration of Ireland’s coastal communities’ is set to kick off next month in Connemara.

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Catch a show after school at Baboro

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Excitement is building ahead of this year’s Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, which kicks off in Galway this Monday October 15 for seven days. The programme is bursting with theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, film, and literature as well as talks and workshops for children and adults. There are also opportunities for children and adults to get creative while spending quality time together.

Artists from Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scotland and England will present a feast of 51 events across seven days designed especially for children and families. Baboró enables children and families to experience first hand the transformative power of the creative arts.

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Ahead of big Galway Races fundraiser, professor stresses importance of early detection in beating breast cancer

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The incidence of breast cancer is expected to double by 2040. This is attributable to increased detection, women living longer, and the fact that our western lifestyle predisposes us to this condition which affects 3,000 women and 20 men in Ireland annually.

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Galway city gardens shine in spite of summer drought

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The annual Galway City Tidy Towns Garden Competition results were announced this week. The competition is organised by Galway City Council on annual basis to recognise the efforts of residents, commercial organisations and public buildings to maintain and enhance the appearance of their gardens, estates, and public areas. The overall winner of the Front Garden Competition was Patrick O’Connell, St James Crescent, Mervue. The Best First Time entrant was Bernie Molloy, Castle Park, Ballybane, with Betty O’Flaherty, Forster Court taking the prize for the Best Floral Display category. Brendan Moran, Blackthorn Park won the Best Front Lawn category.

St Pat’s Boys N.S. continued their run of awards for their garden, scooping the overall winner in the schools category. St John the Apostle, Knocknacarra won the Eco School Garden category, and Scoil Roís won the Best Floral Display.

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Claregalway 2020 to hold cross-culture Halloween event

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The innovative team behind Claregalway 2020 is hosting an event at Halloween that looks at the legends of the season in the many cultures that now live in the city and county.

Organisers are inviting people to join them on a trail through the world looking at the legends, traditions, and delicacies in different countries around the time of Samhain or Halloween.

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Connacht Rugby reveals plans for €30-million redevelopment of the Sportsground

Mon, Oct 08, 2018

Connacht Rugby has revealed plans for a €30-million redevelopment of the Sportsground, which will transform its home into a top-class 12,000-capacity stadium and high-performance training centre.

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Druid cites budget and time as reason for 2020 pullout

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Galway 2020's troubled gestation was dealt a further - and very significant - blow this week, with Galway's leading international theatre company, Druid, announcing it was withdrawing its major international production from the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.

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City ring road not 'silver bullet' to solve traffic crisis, but still 'significant step forward' says Kyne

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

The Galway City Ring road is not the "silver bullet" that will solve the transport challenges facing Galway, but it will "take traffic out of the city", enable public transport improvements, and "reduce the time" workers and visitors spend getting around the city.

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Former mayor calls for ‘full inspection’ of mature trees in city ahead of the storm season

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

A former Mayor of Galway city has called for a “full inspection of all mature trees located in public areas” to ensure they pose “no threat to people’s safety”, following the recent Storm Ali, which resulted in several trees around the city being uprooted or damaged.

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Ó Cuív demands Minister Bruton reverse 'mean changes' to rural school pupil-teacher numbers

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Over the past seven years, small schools across County Galway, and in rural Ireland generally, have seen their teacher numbers "reduced significantly" under the two Fine Gael led Governments.

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Mayor urges students to apply for O'Carroll Bursary

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Galway students are being encouraged to apply for the Labour Party's Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary, especially as the deadline for applications is tomorrow. The successful applicant will receive €2,000 in the first term of the 2018-2019 academic year.

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NUI Galway publishes study on economic impact of childhood autism spectrum disorders

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

A new study published by NUI Galway researchers provides original insights into the economic impact of childhood autism spectrum disorders in Ireland. The study highlights the extent to which families pay for services relative to state funded services and provides a compelling case for significant additional state funded investment. The study was published this week in the international journal, Autism – The International Journal of Research and Practice.

Findings from the study showed that on average, the annual cost per child for families amounted to over €28,000 as a result of paying for private autism spectrum disorders (ASD) services, lost income and informal care, while over €14,000 of state funded services were consumed. Families whose children were more severely affected and those with more than one child affected faced significantly higher costs. While 15 per cent of children with autism spectrum disorders in the survey were from lone parent families who faced particular challenges in meeting needs.

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Canney highlights issue of wastewater treatment plants

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Galway East deputy Seán Canney has this week highlighted the need for Irish Water to take charge of private group wastewater treatment plants throughout the country as the current impasse in terms of such plants is blocking the building of housing in towns all across the country.

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Funding boosts for Cancer Care West and FORUM Connemara

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Organisations providing cancer-care and mobility transport in Galway are set to benefit from more than €150,000 in funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under a scheme to support voluntary organisations in rural areas.

The funding will be used to purchase a 25-seat passenger bus worth €100,000 for Cancer Care West, while €54,000 will be spent on a 15-seat wheelchair-accessible vehicle for FORUM Connemara. Cancer Care West and FORUM Connemara are among 27 such organisations nationwide to share funding of €1.4 million under the scheme this year. The funding has been welcomed by Fine Gael Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton.

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A journey that may as well be a million miles

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

It takes two days to travel from my home in Galway to the rural poor families with whom Self Help Africa works with in Uganda. But in other respects it’s a journey that may as well be a million miles. After two days of travel, your eyes are heavy and your legs are stiff but your mind is racing. You cannot but question how come there are people living in such poverty. It is inevitable then that you ask ‘what can I do to help?’

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Leader of successful bid campaign appointed Galway 2020 CEO

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Galway 2020 has announced the appointment of Patricia Philbin as CEO of the Galway 2020 team.

Following the recent departure of CEO, Hannah Kiely, Ms Philbin has been seconded from Galway City Council, where she is currently Director of Services and who has extensive experience in the administration of cultural services.

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Book of Lady Gregory’s writings launched at Autumn Gathering

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

NUI Galway hosted the Lady Gregory Yeats Gathering with a book launch for Lady Gregory’s Irish Writings 1883-1893 edited by James Pethica and a new exhibition of materials at the Special Collections Reading Room of the James Hardiman Library.

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NUI Galway Innocence Clinic to review Maamtrasna and set up database of wrongful convictions

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

In its very first workshop, the law, journalism and human rights students of the newly-launched NUIG Innocence Clinic this week observed the 5th Annual International Wrongful Conviction Day with a minute of silence to remember the hundreds of thousands of innocent people still awaiting justice worldwide.

International Wrongful Conviction Day was established on 2 October 2013 as an effort of the Innocence Network, an affiliation, based in New York, of organisations worldwide that are providing pro bono legal and investigative services to people seeking to prove their innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted. Innocence and human rights organisations around the world plan special programmes on that day ranging from screening topical films to offering public talks in order to increase awareness of wrongful convictions. Research suggests it is likely that between 2.3 and 10 percent of all convictions are of innocent people.

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Two Galway players hope to make Underdogs team to play Dubs

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Two young Galway men will attempt to make the final cut for the Underdogs team that will play All Ireland Champions, Dublin. Fintan O Cuanaigh from An Spidéal and St James’ GAA Clubs will be hoping to secure a final spot in the midfield position and Enda Fleming from Corofin is looking at making the cut in either the half back or half forward lines.

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Global IT leader SOTI announces 150 new jobs with opening of Galway office

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Galway had its second jobs boost in a week when SOTI Inc — a world leader in mobile and IoT device management solutions, announced the opening of a local office and the subsequent creation of 150 jobs.

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