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First Choice Credit Union launch 2018 Credit Union Art Competition

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The Credit Union Art Competition is back and this year’s theme is The Force of Nature. The theme has been designed in an effort to get participants ‘thinking green’ by depicting their visions of a clean pollution and litter-free environment while also imagining the different forces of nature within the world.

The Voldemort Quartet are coming

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HAS THE evil wizard Voldemort, arch enemy of Harry Potter, his own string quartet? It appears so, and these young musicians will be among the performers at the Galway Music Residency autumn/winter programme.

Killala falling behind Knockmore in CIS funding — Fine Gael councillor

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An argument broke out at this week’s meeting of the Ballina Municipal District about the distribution of Community Involvement Scheme funds for 2019 in north Mayo.

‘There is no place outside Hell, that enrages the Almighty more…’

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Week II

Dealing with whatever the ocean sends

It is not surprising that any child with imagination, and an interest in the sea, would spend time at the city’s harbour watching the ships come and go, and the men who worked there as they talked and unloaded fish or cargo. As a child Kathleen Curran, once the home chores were done, would run down the back paths from her home on College Road and along Lough Atalia to the docks. ‘There she would stand and gaze in wonder at the ships, boats and trawlers, hookers and gleoteóigs tied up or coming and going about their business.’

Still no movement on Westport pay and display proposals

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The row over the potential imposition of on-street parking charges in Westport moved up another notch again this week.

Ireland's role in America's middle-east military adventures

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Irish Special Forces (the Army Ranger Wing) operated in Western-occupied Afghanistan under NATO command, it was revealed last month, thanks to TD Clare Daly’s parliamentary question. The story received no media coverage. The operational purpose of these troops was not revealed. However, like Special Forces the world over, it was not pencils they were sharpening.

Gregory grandson reads ‘An Irish Airman’ at RAF centenary celebration

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A great grandson of Galway's World War I fighter ace Major Robert Gregory, Robin Murray Brown, read WB Yeats' famous poem An Irish Airman Foresees His Death in Belfast last Sunday. St Anne's Cathedral was filled to capacity for a service to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which succeeded the Royal Flying Corps in which Major Gregory flew. Major Gregory joined the war effort in 1916 and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He was also awarded the Legion d’Honneur — France’s highest honour.

‘I’d like to open the barracks more to the local community’

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In January of this year, Lieutenant Colonel Caimin Keogh assumed command of An Chéad Cath battalion in Renmore’s Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa Barracks. As a Galway-man Lt Colonel Keogh is immensely proud to lead his home-town battalion, as he told me when I sat down with him in his office on Monday afternoon.

People who have children through surrogacy should be eligible for maternity leave, says HSE forum member

A member of the HSE West’s regional health forum says it is wrong that HSE employees who have a child through surrogacy are not eligible for statutory maternity leave.

 

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