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The outbreak of World War I brought to a head the divided camps among Irish nationalists, both of whom wanted Home Rule, or Independence, but both saw different ways to achieve it. Probably because of the large army presence in the town, and the natural benefits that the army brought to traders, as well as the family connections that had developed over the years between town and soldiers, the majority of people in Galway town favoured the British military approach.
A primary school in Co Mayo was the recent setting for the launch of the Junior Road Safety Officer scheme (JRSO) in Ireland and it is one of the first schools to sign up to this new initiative which captures the imagination of children while reinforcing the road safety message.
A new service, Dash, will allow students to get taxis even when they have no cash, bank card, or phone while ensuring the drivers get paid. Dash (Driving All Students Home) was created by NUI Galway final year Business Information Systems student Richie Commins and is currently available in Galway City and will be launched nationwide in January 2017.
A new report published by the GMIT Careers Office shows that 94 per cent of GMIT graduates are either in employment or further education, eight months after graduation: 55 per cent of GMIT graduates are in paid employment and 39 per cent are in further education.
Galway soldiers will be heading on a new United Nations mission next week with the 54th Infantry.
As part of the 2016 Decade of Centenaries Public Engagement Programme, novelist, playwright and poet, Dermot Bolger is writer in residence at the National Museum of Ireland. The residency is a collaborative project between the National Museum of Ireland and Poetry Ireland. Finding A Voice: Dermot Bolger Writer in Residence aims to engage a wide range of audiences in themes and object histories that form the core of the museum's centenary exhibition Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising.
Despite the crucial role many women played in the 1916 Rising, very few were given the credit they deserved. In fact some women were refused a pension for many years because they were not men.
‘The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers. She aims it at the creature’s head. And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.’