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Salthill was a quiet fishing village, existing independently from Galway town, until the Victorian obsession for health and fresh air eventually came to the west of Ireland. Invigorating salt-sea baths, salt-water showers, and, as I mentioned in former weeks, confined bathing opportunities for women; but where men could hire togs for some manly swimming and diving. By 1828 it was noted that there were 40 to 50 neat lodges along its sea shore, where there were only two or three a few years before.
The Premier League came back with a bang last weekend.
As far as dining out goes we have the cyber diners, those among us who obsessively watch social media, hoping to be the first to get a taste of the latest new restaurant opening. There are the traditionalists who are entirely committed to a favourite restaurant, spending every special occasion meal there, from birthdays to date nights and all family gatherings. Then there are the increasing numbers of destination diners, serious food lovers who think nothing of travelling overnight just for a meal — throwing a toothbrush in a bag and driving across the country for dinner at the latest ‘hot’ chef’s restaurant, no matter how obscure the location.
Two GMIT architectural technology students, Declan Moran from Killanin, Co Galway, and Gerard Fay from Drung, Co Cavan, will compete in the finals of the prestigious Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT) Student Architectural Technology Awards, which will take place in Shoreditch, London on September 14.
For over 50 years Derek Warfield has been one of Ireland’s best known ballad singers and now he has teamed up with the new generation to bring an old tradition with a young sound to his legion of fans.
The highly advanced technology on the connected new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has impressed judges so much it has been crowned Van of the Year at the Auto Express Awards 2018 in the UK.
World-renowned Galway engineer Aine Brazil has said that increased access to education is key to reducing global poverty levels after receiving a leadership award from Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide.
THIS SATURDAY afternoon, at the Heineken Big Top in the Fisheries Field, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra extend An Invitation To The Dance for this year’s Proms Concert, jointly presented by the Galway International Arts Festival and the Róisín Dubh.
This has been a tremendously interesting week. Before we begin on our usual chat and conversation, there is one item which is outstanding and which we simply should reflect upon, and that is the rescue of the 12-member boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.