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A light of hope for our walled-in people

He walks the streets of the city with his friends. Down Shop Street. Having the laugh. The fun. And he feels part of it all. And they talk about music and Messi. And for a short while every school day he feels part of this city, a cast member in the show that is Galway. And they listen to buskers. And haul their schoolbags on their backs. And tease each other. But when he gets to the part where he has to go in a different direction, there is a kind of awkwardness that eschews words. They know where he's going back to and he knows where they are headed. He knows because he has seen their homes, he has gone to their streets and been at their houses. Proper homes with doors and rooms. He wishes he could bring them back to where he lives. He wishes that he could be proud of where he lives, but there is nothing to be proud of. His family don't own it, nor did they pick it themselves. And then Mother and Father are always around. But not because they want to be.

First Independent Mayo reveals election candidate shortlist

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First Independent Mayo, the coalition of community groups that is planning to run an Independent candidate in Mayo in the next General Election, has unveiled its short list of seven potential candidates.

Initiative to give teenage inventors a head start comes to Galway

Galway Science and Technology Forum, in partnership with NUI Galway, has invited TeenTech to Galway. TeenTech is an industry-led initiative that helps students understand how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects are the pathway to tomorrow’s careers, and to give teenage inventors and innovators a head start.

Kodaline to headline arts festival Big Top

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KODALINE HEADLINE the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top in the Fisheries Field on Saturday July 18, in what is sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the Galway summer.

Cry Monster Cry at Róisín Dubh

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CRY MONSTER CRY, the folk-rock duo of Richie and Jamie Martin, are on tour to promote their debut album Rhythm Of Dawn, including a show upstairs in the Róisín Dubh tomorrow.

Two Galway schools through to national final of Europe-wide CanSat competition

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Two Galway teams — Team Sputnikí Mhóinín from Galway Community College, Galway, and Team Sat AthaRi from GairmScoil Mhuire, Athenry — were named joint winners in the regional final of the CanSat competition last week. The competition, run by the European Space Agency, sees school teams throughout Europe compete to create and launch miniature satellites.

End in sight as watermains to be completed by April

 

NUI Galway global alumni network goes live

NUI Galway has over 90,000 graduates around the world, and at a recent NUI Galway event, RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, NUI Galway Alumni Association Chair launched a new departure through the means of an innovative social media platform for the University’s graduates to connect. The new Alumni Network is an exciting new way for graduates to connect with NUI Galway's global network and with each other, and it can be found at www.nuigalway.ie/network

Progress being made on Connemara cultural centre

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Amended plans for a project which will bring tens of thousands of visitors to Connemara have been agreed by Galway county councillors. A cultural centre and walking trail is being built adjacent to Patrick Pearse’s Cottage in Rosmuc and is due to be completed by 2016.

Department deadline threatens important Harbour repair funding says Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD says Government constraints put on funding to repair storm damaged piers and harbours could risk the completion of certain projects.

 

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