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A Mayo based senator has alleged this week in the Seanad that potential students who inquire about courses in the GMIT campus in Castlebar are being steered towards the Galway campus if a similar course is on offer there and that the Mayo campus is being "bullied" by its overseeing campus. Fine Gael senator Paddy Burke raised the issue of the future of the Castlebar campus of the institute with the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in the upper house of the Oireachtas as fears for the future of the facility in Castlebar have intesified recently. Those fears were further increased late last week when the head of the Mayo campus Dr Deirdre Garvey stepped down from her position.
More than 300 people from community and voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards Ceremony last week in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. The awards recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway. Twelve awards were up for grabs after a record number of nominations were received.
Pádraic Ó Conaire was born on February 28 1882 in a pub by the docks, to middle-class Catholic publicans. He briefly attended the Presentation National School, but when his parents both died young he went to live with some of his extended family in Rosmuc. He later went to school in Rockwell and from there to Blackrock College in Dublin. He emigrated to London and took a lowly job in the civil service. He joined the local branch of Conradh na Gaeilge and flourished as an Irish language teacher and writer. In 1901 he published his first short story, An t-Iascaire agus an File.
Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary says owners of homes and businesses which were devastated by Storm Desmond last year are extremely worried about repeat flooding this year. Despite a raft of promises, no flood defence schemes have been progressed in the county, and home and business owners are seriously concerned that their premises could be put at risk.
Éadaoin Ní Mhaiciín, from Claremorris, won the fiddle competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Kilarney. The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts, and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from six years to 68. The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.
Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh is calling on both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to reunite a Galway couple after a wrongful deportation was carried out by her department.
The need for a new acute hospital in Galway can no longer be ignored given comments by the Saolta Hospital Group at this week’s Special Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, Dep Hildegarde Naughton has said.
Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has asked the Minister for Health Simon Harris to commission a new report on the need for a new hospital in Galway.
Residents on Inis Mór are calling on the Government and county council to intervene in an impasse over landing levies which will see the passenger ferry service from Ros a Mhíl to the island suspended for several months this winter.
Brian O'Connor of Galway City Harriers won the county senior cross country title for the first time in Tuam on Sunday.