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Minister Denis Naughten is encouraging local organisations to consider submitting applications under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016.
Mayo has just emerged from one of the wettest winters ever recorded and thankfully we have turned a corner and summer is upon us. Many people are taking advantage of improved weather conditions to catch up on some spraying (or weed control activities). Irish Water welcomes the work of the EPA and Teasgasc to ensure that Ireland’s drinking water is protected from pesticide contamination during this period.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is advising homeowners only to use certified security system installers when getting an alarm or CCTV fitted in their property.
A free public performance of George Bernard Shaw's anti-war play O'Flaherty VC is among the highlights on the calendar of events this month at Coole.
The distinctive call of the corncrake is something that once heard is never forgotten. While it's not the most pleasing on the ear, you have an opportunity next Friday night to hear it's distinctive call on a midnight corncrake tour on the Mullet Peninsula. As part of the Erris Beo festival and in conjunction with Belmullet Tidy Towns and Ballycroy National Park, a midnight corncrake tour will take place. This is a chance to experience it in the Wild Erris region.
The next free guided walk at Coole will be on Sunday May 29. The walk, titled ‘The Story of Coole’, is a general introduction to the history of the estate and Lady Gregory’s life at Coole.
Tom Dillon, originally from Co Sligo, married Geraldine Plunkett, on Easter Sunday 1916. The Plunkett family were practically all committed to the Rising, and the subsequent War of Independence. Tom qualified from UCD as a chemist, worked with the Volunteers, and supplied them with a steady stream of hand grenades and bombs. In May 17 1918 he was arrested and interned with other Irish Rebels, in Gloucester prison, England.
ONE OF the most popular events at this year’s Cúirt International Literature Festival was the appearance by Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins, at which she read from her terrific new collection, Tongulish, which has just been published by Bloodaxe.
Good news for Coole Park lovers is that the Coole Park Visitor Centre is now open again after the winter floods — opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily. Last entry to Visitor Centre is at 4.45pm. and the park gates close at 6pm.
IT HAS been many years since Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle has been seen in Galway so this new production, by NUIG and Core Theatre College, is very welcome – all the more so as director Max Hafler and his young cast do a great job.