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In terms of professional recognition and box office takings, the 1952 film The Quiet Man was a big success, the romantic comedy-drama was a gamble for Irish American director John Ford who was, until then, known largely for his high octane Westerns. The gamble paid off and Ford scooped his fourth Best Director Oscar for The Quiet Man. Though the film's stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara did not receive nominations, the film was nominated for seven awards and eventually won two at the 1953 Academy Awards. Its success was good news for Ireland, especially along the Mayo-Galway border, and the village of Cong in particular, where the film had been shot. Ford and his Hollywood entourage arrived in the west in the summer of 1951 to begin recording the film's outdoors scenes. The production had brought welcome employment to the area and the end result showcased the beauty of the region to a global audience.
There was good news for Ballinasloe woman Harriet Bruce this week when it was confirmed that herself and her husband, who was deported in error to Brazil in July, are to be reunited in the near future.
Were Clint Eastwood to ride into town on a steed, canter across Eyre Square, before a final gallop up College Road to City Hall, stride in and demand of the first official he meets, "Just who is Fianna Fáil's man in this town?", what answer would he get?
Recruitment specialists Connected Talent are bringing all of their UK City of Culture experience to bear on sourcing and attracting the entire staff complement for the new Galway 2020 company.
Work has begun on the long awaited Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant, with the official ‘turning of the sod’ carried out this morning by the Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne.
Work has begun on the long awaited Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant, with the official 'turning of the sod' carried out this morning by the Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne.
Construction of the new Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant will commence on Monday after the official sod turning ceremony to be undertaken by Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources.
TWO EXHIBITIONS by the County Galway artist Yvonne King are currently on show - one in Galway city, the other in Connemara - with both displaying the full range of her diverse talent.
With just over six weeks to go until the 2016 Mayo Stages Rally on Sunday March 6, preparations are in full swing. Mayo and District Motorsport Club are delighted to welcome on board again. Hotel Ballina and Kennedy Motors as joint main sponsors of the popular west of Ireland event and thank them for their support in this, the 40th year since the establishment of the club.
George Nicholls was a young solicitor who worked in G.C. Conroy’s office in Francis Street. In 1912, he set up a pipe band known as “Cumann Píobairí naGaillimhe”, the only band with an Irish language name to play at O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral to which they travelled in the company of Padraic Pearse.