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The year 2017 sees a new exciting team at Junior Chamber International Galway. Newly elected president Dominick Whelan along with vice president Sara Gilligan, Cathal Dullea, Olivia Lavelle, and Keith Killilea, representatives of the local branch, will be representing Galway at various international events throughout Europe in 2017; from community development, international relations, as well as social and community enterprise. For the next five years, European eyes will be paying close attention to the very edge of Europe’s western edge in environment, gastronomy, and culture, as Galway becomes centre stage of Europe’s social and community epicentres.
AHEAD OF their performances at the Cleansing Lights Festival in Munich this weekend, Ten Ton Slug and Weed Priest - two of the county's finest metal bands - will play a show in Galway city on Thursday.
A two-piece music group from Holland will be making a welcome return to Ireland and playing a few gigs in Mayo this coming Bank Holiday weekend. After a hugely successful visit last year, there is great excitement at the thought of the band belting out the tunes again.
Primary schools across Mayo are to participate in a new daily initiative, The Daily Mile, which will improve the physical, emotional, and social health and wellbeing of all children and help in the battle to combat obesity. Mayo GAA stars Lee Keegan and Cora Staunton joined children and staff in Snugboro National School Castlebar last week to launch this programme which has its origins in the UK.
The 20th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland’s flagship festival for children and families, has been under way all week and there is still plenty to catch this weekend. Festival organisers are encouraging families to make a day of it and to enjoy the full Baboró experience which includes shows, workshops, and free exhibitions.
Following rigorous judging, a county Galway food business was named among the top seven winners in the 2016 National Organic Awards. Some 278 individual products were submitted in the Awards, a record high level of entries.
There’s lots of fun to go around at Baboró which starts next Monday October 17 and runs until Sunday October 23. While the kids are busy seeing shows, exhibitions and generally having lots of fun, there’s plenty for the grown-ups to check out too.
BORIS WERNER, a major figure in the Dutch dance music scene, is coming to Galway as part of the Heineken Sound Atlas event which takes place in the Electric Garden on Abbeygate Street.
The Connaught Buildings on Mainguard Street originally housed Connolly’s, one of the largest hardware and fancy goods shops in Galway. It had an impressive four storey facade on the front and five storeys on the Church Street side. In 1934 the ground floor was leased by four tenants. A fire started on the first floor, the flames spread rapidly, and smoke could be seen rolling from the building. Half clad figures fought their way bravely down the stairs which threatened to give away any minute. The damage was extensive and estimated at £1,000, but much of the sum was made up of the stock of the ground floor tenants which included a lock-up fruit and vegetable shop rented by Mr P Hennigan. A Mr McDonnell and his brother had a tailoring business on the first floor.
AUTUMN IS upon us once more, season of mist and mellow fruitfulness...and Baboró. Details of this year’s festival were unveiled at a packed reception in Il Vicolo on Monday evening and October will see Baboró embark on a fantastical journey of flying suitcases, dancing feet, vanishing queens, wild adventures, curious giants and toe-tapping tunes.