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Massive boost for marine research as Galway Bay Ocean Observatory completed at weekend

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A significant piece of ocean research infrastructure was brought to fruition with the completion of the Galway Bay underwater ocean observatory over the weekend.  Through the combined effort of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Marine Institute and Commissioners of Irish Lights the final piece of equipment has been deployed to give researchers and ocean energy developers unique insight into the Galway bay marine environment.  The observatory is now entering into a commissioning period and is expected to be operational in the coming months. 

From now until Christmas, I'm Mother Hen to 1,000 birds

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The food scene in Galway has never been in a better place. There are so many talented artisan producers and retailers offering the most amazing produce and one need only visit the plethora of farmers' markets around the county to witness this. One such business is The Friendly Farmer poultry which produces the most succulent chicken, turkey, and duck directly to your dinner table courtesy of Ronan Byrne's farm in Athenry.

Kiltane edge through in day of drama

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After this weekends final round of action in the group stages of the Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship we now know the eight sides who’ll be contesting the knock-out stages. Breaffy, Castlebar Mitchels, Ballintubber and Kiltane all won their groups and Knockmore, Ballina Stephenites, Aghamore and Garrymore joined them after finishing in second place in their respective groups.

Deirdre O'Kane - coming back to stand-up comedy

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DEIRDRE O'KANE is back doing stand-up comedy. After years away from the circuit, during which she returned to her original calling of acting, winning acclaim for her roles in the film Nobel and the comedy series Moone Boy, she entered 2015 with time on her hands, and an itch to put pen to paper.

'Somebody is enjoying putting obstacles in my way'

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"Man plans, God laughs" is an old Yiddish proverb, the equivalent of "the best laid plans can come undone", but who undoes them? Does the fault lie with the person making the plans or does God, fate, or some predetermined outcome decide that sometimes, things just will not go your way.

The benefits of a positive approach to multiple sclerosis

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Alan Donnellan has been robbed of everything, except his speech and head movement, yet he says things could be worse.

Ballylee - ‘To go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind’

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In 1960 Mary Hanley forced open the wedged shut door of the cottage at Thoor Ballylee. She walked into the large damp room. For 12 productive and happy summers, the cottage and its adjoining Norman tower had been the home of WB Yeats , his wife George Hyde Lees, and their two children Anne and Michael. Now, however, the floor was covered with manure. For years it had been used as a cow barn. Pulling aside stones that had blocked exits to keep the cattle enclosed, Mary walked into the dining room, with its magnificent enlarged window overlooking the Streamstown river as it races under the four-arched bridge.

Trap, neuter, and release information evening

Athlone Animal Welfare have teamed up with Animal Advocacy Ireland to offer a free information evening on trap, neuter, and release (TNR) programmes for feral and stray cat populations in Athlone. Muriel Lumb of Animal Advocacy, will deliver a talk providing information on TNR Schemes on April 20 at 8pm in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel.

The Presentation Sisters, 200 years in Galway

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In 1815, the warden of Galway Dr French went to Kilkenny to ask sisters of the Presentation Order to return with him to Galway to found a convent here. A Reverend Bartholomew Burke has left a fund of £4,800 for the purpose. Three sisters arrived here in October of that year. They moved into a house in Kirwan’s Lane temporarily, and from there to Eyre Square. On March 25th, 1819, they moved to a house in poor condition that had originally been built as a Charter School and which would become known as the Presentation Convent. The following year they opened their school adjacent to the convent.

Dublin dish out a lesson to Mayo

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If one incident defined how much more Dublin were up for this game that Mayo it was when early in the second half, Aidan O’Shea got in behind the Dublin defence. He stumbled but fed the ball to Mark Ronaldson, who pulled the trigger. But out of nowhere Denis Bastick got back to not only block the ball, but gather it and break clear. It was an outstanding feat of athleticism and brilliance by the Ballymun Kickhams man.

 

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