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Begley and Ó Raghallaigh bring their trad to Castlebar

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Two consummate traditional musicians Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, combine their formidable talents to present A Moment of Madness, an evening of “wild and beautiful music from the west coast of Ireland”, at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday April 12 at 8pm.

Future bright for science and tech graduates, IDA exec tells students

THE FUTURE is bright for graduates in the science, technology, engineering and multilingual (STEM) sectors, according to Industrial Development Agency (IDA) senior executive, Brendan McDonagh.

Top ten World Car of the Year finalists announced

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The countdown has begun to the announcement of the 2012 World Car of the Year and the World Performance Car for 2012.

Donovan sets out to break his own world marathon record in aid of GOAL

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Galway ultra-runner, Richard Donovan, is attempting to become the first person to run seven marathons in seven continents in under five days, all in aid of GOAL's efforts to alleviate the suffering of people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa.

Notes for the season

Days off work provide the ideal opportunity to give our face and skin a breather. On those days we rely on a different, but equally important, group of products, or supporting cast if you will.

Let’s get excited — Volvo adrenalin starts to flow as schools programme is set to launch

Schools around the west will be able to get caught up in the excitement and drama of the Volvo Ocean Race through the Ocean Explorers programme being overseen by the race finale organisers.

Mayo pianist to release debut solo album

Award-winning Irish pianist, Maria McGarry, from Ballyhaunis, will launch her first solo CD album, 20th Century Piano Masterworks this Sunday, January 15 at the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin. The CD, to be released on the Seven Cedars Music label, is a collection of early 20th century European piano repertoire by the composers Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Enrique Granados, and Olivier Messiaen.

Classical and folk combine in Trio Elatha

TRIO ELATHA, featuring cellist Ailbhe McDonagh, guitarist Brendan Walsh, and violinist Zoë Conway, play two concerts in County Galway this month.

Coffee is king

It seems that we simply cannot get enough of that brown liquid and I predict that there will be even more new coffee houses opening during 2012. Despite all the doom and gloom, sales of coffee do not appear to have been damaged and in some cases are on the increase. As consumers we are, however, becoming much more demanding, and that is great news as it will lead to a much better range of coffees and properly trained baristas (coffee making professionals). Until quite recently it was deemed acceptable to install machines that, while using whole beans, only required an operator to press a button and, hey presto, real coffee. Not any more, and while I accept that they have a place in the market, the cost of a cup from these should not be any more than €1.

Galway could benefit from improved Sino-Irish relations, says Healy Eames

Galway could benefit greatly if increased efforts were made to engage with China, according to Fine Gael Senator for Galway West Fidelma Healy Eames who this week called on Ireland to act as a launch pad for Chinese businesses in Europe.


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