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In 2014, Galway saw the opening of its first mosque - the Mosque of Mary on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit. It was erected by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community which is headed by Imam Ibrahim Noonan, a man with strong faith and a fascinating life story as I discovered when meeting him for an afternoon chat in the House Hotel.
One of Galway’s foremost yogis, Aisling Reidy of Optimum Health, is bringing the first yoga festival to Galway along with some of the country’s most accredited yoga teachers. The festival will run at Esker Monastery in east Galway from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30. This is a full bed and board festival, so from the Friday to the Sunday, attendees will stay on site at Esker.
An Athlone Guide leader has received a 50-year service award from Irish Girl Guides (IGG).
Renowned charity fundraiser Ronan Scully will put his best foot forward along with family, friends, and colleagues as he celebrates his 50th birthday next week by walking across Ireland for charity. He will also be joined and supported/sponsored by Paul Galvin and his staff from Galvin’s Menswear shop in Tullamore, Co Offaly; Richard Donovan of the North Pole Marathon and Global Running Adventures, based in Galway; and Eamon Victory of Centra Shop, Dunleer, Co Louth.
So Mother's Day is nearly upon us; a day where we show our appreciation for the woman who does so much for us; Mum.
Uniworld has perfected the art of luxury river cruising – the difference is in the detail.
I have written before about the woeful lack of ambulances that serviced the old Central Hospital, especially in the 1930s. That shortage became acute during the war. Because of the severe rationing of petrol, and the unavailability of spare parts, for a long period only two ambulances were available for the whole county. As they were frequently on the road simultaneously there was no reserve vehicle to answer any emergency.
A Syrian Orthodox Bishop visited St George Syrian Orthodox Church in Galway recently and offered Holy Mass in relation to the memory of Saint Gregoriose.
The death has taken place of Mr James Lydon, popularly known as Jimmy, who in his day was director/owner of LydonHouse, and owner of numerous pubs and restaurants locally, including Tea Time Express, Dublin. He employed more than 360 people. He was a passionate promoter of Galway, and a charming, erudite, man who was always willing to offer practical advice to people starting in business. President Michael D Higgins was in attendance at his funeral on Saturday.
PETER VON TOY, the singer-guitarist who plays "rock drenched blues tinted folk", and Galway based guitar wizard Tom Portman, will play a number of dates around Galway city and county.