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Imagine walking up the gangway in Belfast or Cork, no worries about baggage allowances or airport security, no huge queues crowding around. Just give your bag to a steward and stroll down to the bar for a cocktail. Enjoy sitting on the deck as your ship glides away from Ireland without the slightest fuss.
Living in Ireland during the mid 17th century was a frightening and a bloody time. Following the extreme political crisis that resulted in civil war in England, Ireland was plunged into a period of despair that would lead to the surrender of Galway, and the beginning of its gradual demise. The invasion by Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army, a ruthless exterminating machine, in 1649, led by Cromwell himself, not only destroyed all military opposition, besieged and ransacked towns, and imposed harsh penal laws on Catholic survivors, but it changed the demographic of the cities and lands with the resettlement of faithful Cromwellian generals, and their families. And in a new twist: tens of thousands of Irish people were transported to plantations in the West Indies, and elsewhere.
Much has been said over the years about what a positive impact Ireland West Airport has on the region — but now that impact has been quantified, with the revelation that it is feeding hundreds of thousands of visitors to the greater Galway region. On top of this, the airport opens this decade as a key driver of investment, located as it is on a 600-acre strategic development zone that is set to create thousands of jobs in the next ten years.
The calendar year 2019 has proven to be the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing by almost five percent to 807,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, surpassing the previous record of 772,000 passengers achieved in 2018.
Alfie is a normal, fun-loving, eight year old boy. He was, however, born without a right hand. This prevented him from performing tasks such as using a scissors and holding things, affecting his confidence in the process. He did not like people asking him about it. According to his mum, Laverne, he was "reluctant to go out". This changed in May 2019, when Alfie, from County Down, travelled to APOS Kilcolgan to be fitted with his new Hero Arm.
Food On The Edge 2019, which took place in Galway this week, saw more than 600 people attend to hear from some 50 of the world's best chefs and experience some of the best in Irish produce in the artisan food village.
Ireland West Airport have announced an exciting new partnership with Connacht Rugby which will see strong brand collaboration between the two organisations and will strengthen the experience of visitors to Ireland West Airport and supporters of Connacht Rugby throughout the province.
When I first started covering local council meetings here in Galway city and county, there were a lot of serious players on board. Heavy hitters who as soon as a meeting was over, would head to Dublin to make or take decisions in a higher forum. They looked and sounded serious. They were like Abbey repertoire actors let loose on touring the carnival tents and halls of rural Ireland. They knew how to play to the gallery and how to ensure their survival in an animalistic political arena. It was in the chambers of the councils that they fine-tuned their roar for the national stage.
Ireland West Airport, in partnership with Portwest, is set to welcome over 1,000 people to the airport’s runway as they once again host the annual charity 5k runway fun run, tomorrow, Saturday March 30.