Home thoughts from abroad

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

It was a twofold mission — to do the best you could for yourself and to do the best you could for the folks at home. Margaret Craven was talking about emigration from Ireland the way it used to be in the 1960s. She knows. She left her native Letterard in Connemara as a teenager. She was then Margaret Connolly and, like thousands of others of her generation, the bells of emigration were tolling for her early in her life. She was speaking in Portland in the state of Maine in America last week. She is now a state representative for the Democrats in the state parliament in Maine; next week she will almost certainly be a state senator. She has an election next Tuesday and the bells are tolling for her Republican opponent. But last Monday it was the bells in the Church of St Dominick in Portland that tolled and told the story of the Irish in the state of Maine. And it brought together many elements of the Irish diaspora.

Margaret Craven remarked that the emigrants of old would hardly have ever thought that a grandson of Eamon de Valera and a minister in an Irish government would come to Maine to officially open a venue for the Irish. Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Éamon Ó Cuív was in Portland to cut the ribbon and speak about the role of the Irish diaspora.

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Co-operation, not conflict, is the future for Russia and the West, says Galway based Russian

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Is the world in the grip of a new Cold War? Should we fear Russia again as we did in the 1970s and 1980s? Many would think so given the growing unease in the Western world of a resurgent Russia under the former president and now prime minister Vladimir Putin.

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Halloween fun at Galway Social Space

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

The Galway Social Space at 24 Middle Street will hold a fun-filled day of activity tomorrow to celebrate Halloween.

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Haunted House at Brigit’s Garden

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

A Wicked Witch has cast a spell on Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill and has turned it into a Haunted House for Halloween, full of ghosts, ghouls, and strange beasties.

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Public urged to report illegal fireworks to gardai

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Fireworks can maim and kill, according to Galway gardai who are urging any concerned member of the public to report the sale or possession of these illegal products.

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Have spooky, but safe fun this Halloween, says HSE

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Have some spooky, but safe, fun; this is the message from the HSE West this Halloween as fireworks, bonfires, costumes and even boiled sweets can cause an injury to your little ghoul.

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Charity gig at The Crane Bar

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

THE CRANE Bar, Sea Road, will host a night of music and song this Saturday at 9.30pm to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland.

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Tenth birthday wedding offers at The Westwood

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Located in the university district of Galway city on the Galway to Clifden road, the Westwood Hotel stands amid a rural landscape of greenery, combining a mellow taste of the countryside with the city’s cutting edge.

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Win €600 in Coyotes this Friday

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Coyotes late bar and club on Forster Street will host its first Halloween party tomorrow (Friday). Doors open at 5pm and entry is free, and the best costumes on the night will compete for a €600 prize.

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Smart alec ‘good Samaritan’ fined for abusing garda

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

A smart alec “good Samaritan” who attempted to stop a stranger from drink driving was fined a total of €1,000 for public order offences, including verbally abusing a garda, calling her a “stupid f***ing bitch”.

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Shoplifter gets lucky with community service

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Goodlucky by name, Goodlucky by nature. An asylum seeker shoplifter stayed true to his name when he was given the opportunity of completing 120 hours of community service instead of four months in jail.

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Stag and his best man fined after pub ejection

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

The traditional last night of freedom cost one stag and his best man €500 each for being abusive to security men and gardai after being ejected from a city centre pub.

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Shell awards for Galway entrepreneurs

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

A young Galway entrepreneur has been named the most successful and inspirational young entrepreneur in the western region by Shell Livewire.

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Seven deadly sins at The Skeff

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

The Skeff will become a hangout for ghoulish beings, angels, devils, and superheroes tonight (Thursday) and Friday when The Skeff bar hosts its Halloween nights.

For those feeling sinful, the creative team in the cocktail bar will be serving up some devilishly good cocktails from the seven deadly sins menu, which has been designed exclusively for the Halloween nights.

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Galway poets are St Louis bound

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Galway poets Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins have been invited to read in Galway’s sister city of St Louis, Missouri.

The poets were invited by the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to read at the Sister Cities: Galway Voices events on the university campus on November 13.

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Education cuts could see FF lose seats in Connemara

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

A Government struggles to get a Budget through the Oireachtas. These are tumultuous times but more pertinently they reflect the fact that the economic and political climate has changed dramatically.

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‘Bomber’ Killilea to bat for Fine Gael?

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Michael ‘Bomber’ Killilea, a former hurler with Carnmore and footballer with Claregalway, is coming under increasing pressure from Fine Gael to contest the 2009 Local Elections.

FG in the Oranmore area feels Mr Killilea would make “an excellent candidate” and that he should seek a nomination when the party holds its selection convention.

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McCambridge’s gears up for annual Food and Wine Fair

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

McCambridge’s has announced details of its fifth annual Food and Wine Fair. This year the fair will run on Thursday November 27 from 5pm to 9pm in the Connaught Room at The Ardilaun. This unique event has grown year on year with new gourmet food producers and wine importers featuring in this wonderful feast for the senses. Attendees can sample the best of Irish produced cheeses, chutneys, chocolates, cakes, puddings and preserves as well as world wide wines, coffees and teas.

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Boy-racers are ‘manufacturers of their own demise’, says judge

Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Young people who persist in deliberate dangerous driving are the “manufacturers of their own demise”; this was the severe response of a District Court judge this week who disqualified a defendant after he was found “drifting” at a roundabout with other boy racers.

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Mayor to face a free run at FG convention tonight?

Thu, Oct 23, 2008

The Mayor of Galway Cllr Padraig Conneely will be chosen as Fine Gael’s candidate for the Galway City Centre ward in The Westwood Hotel tonight.

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