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Holiday and Honeymoon Expo – don’t miss out

Fahy Travel and Corrib Travel will host Galway’s first Holiday and Honeymoon Expo on Sunday September 24 in the Salthill Hotel from 12 noon to 5pm.

Lessons from ‘an old schoolmaster’

Week III

Company fined after fatal accident at Corrib Gas Tunnel site

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On Tuesday in the Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe imposed a fine of €300,000 on Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG. The company, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 12 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, contrary to Section 77(2) and Regulation 31(b) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007.

Three Norn Iron comedians walk into a bar...

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THREE TOP Northern Irish comedians - Micky Bartlett, Shane Todd, and Colin Geddis - will take to the stage of the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh tomorrow night for a first rate taste of Ulster comedy.

Mayo Day celebrates our past, present and future

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The multi-purpose Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus staged the energetic opening ceremony of Mayo Day 2017 last Friday evening. The bank holiday weekend events were long billed to be a celebration of Mayo - past, present and future - and with no little amount of imagination and obvious hard graft, the organisers over-performed in achieving their aim. In his Mayo Day promotional video, director Lorcan Hynes beautifully wove an emotional message around the cliffs of Mayo and the skyscrapers of the world. The message invited the Mayo diaspora to return to a future Mayo, where prosperity will once again create opportunity. Our diaspora was to the fore during Mayo Day and for good reason as Peter Hynes, Mayo County Council’s chief executive, informed the opening ceremony that the global dispersion with Mayo heritage stands at 3.5 million people. Their affinity with their home county has led to Mayo associations growing up in the world’s biggest cities. Just as Mayo currently fits into current global themes of emigration and identity, so it did in the past when the international themes were revolution and republicanism. Those earlier themes, and in particular the political relationship they spawned between Ireland and France, were discussed at the fascinating Mayo Day La L’Arbre de la Liberté - Liberty Tree Conference on Friday and Saturday. The two-day conference offered an impressive line-up of historians and authors.

New water legislation must be fair to Rural Ireland - Farrell

Fine Gael councillor, Tom Farrell, has called for the people of rural Ireland currently on Group Water Schemes or private connections to be treated fairly in respect of any new water legislation introduced.

Sporting success – Defence Forces remember – the passing of an icon

Well, last week it was all talk of Enda Kenny and what would he say and what would he do.

Special event to mark takeover of Custume Barracks and Athlone Castle

A military ceremony and heritage event will take place on Tuesday, February 28, to mark the 95th anniversary of the takeover of Custume Barracks and Athlone Castle by Commandant General Séan MacEoin’s troops from British forces.

Automatic disqualification for drink drivers

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Cabinet approves legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross to ensure that all drivers detected of drink driving receive a disqualification

Rebelling against the rebellion

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Folklore, song, and verse dedicated to the rebellion of 1798 usually relay the romantic image of an heroic, clandestine, French army joining forces with a willing and equally heroic band of Irish rebels. Bound by a thirst for liberté, égalité and fraternité, the Franco-Irish forces grew in strength as they progressed through the county, bravely securing victories over the might of the British Crown. But one rebel's contemporary account of the Franco-Irish campaign challenges the notion of international solidarity among equals that has dominated the narrative of the events of 1798. 

 

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