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NUI Galway to work on canoe repatriation after request from chief

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Controversy continues over proposed cost of new county council chamber

The substantial cost of renovating Galway County Council’s public chamber was raised again at this week’s local authority meeting. It is estimated the work which is currently under way at County Buildings will cost in the region of €450,000. It had initially been estimated that the extension and upgrade works would cost substantially less at around €200,000.

Legendary Cork musician John Spillane launching new album in Westport

To warm up a dark winter evening Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival presents legendary Cork musician John Spillane for a one-off concert in Westport.

With almost ninety trafficked women selling sex in Galway, local politicians are asked to support new law

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The Immigrant Council of Ireland is urging Galway TDs and senators to show their support for the publication of the heads of the Criminal Law [Sexual Offences] Bill 2014 which proposes wide ranging reforms of the current law.

Volvo unveils V60 Cross Country

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Volvo Cars has unveiled the long-awaited cross country version of its successful V60 sportswagon at the 2014 LA Motor Show.

Acclaimed tenor Paul Potts performs in Castlebar tomorrow

Paul Potts, the tenor who shot to prominence in 2007 with his surprise pitch perfect rendition of Puccini's famous ‘Nessun Dorma’ on Britain's Got Talent, is to perform in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, tomorrow (Saturday) night.

Was James Hack Tuke the Oskar Shindler of his day?

A surprising rescuer of the Tuke assisted emigration scheme from the west of Ireland came from the London government. After the first group of 1,315 people had sailed from Galway for America on April 28 1882, the Tukes’ emigration fund was practically exhausted. Yet the demand for places grew each day. Now more than 6,000 applications, mainly from the Clifden area, but also from Belmullet, Newport and Oughterard, poured into the Clifden union where James Hack Tuke had his office. While poverty and famine remained endemic in the west of Ireland, people with spirit must have felt that the day-to-day grind was never ending. The threat of another Great Famine was very real. They wanted a new life.

Cunning brothers outfox the board game market

Foxes and Chickens has been the top new Irish board game over the past two years. Since the launch in 2012 it has sold in its thousands, both in Ireland and abroad, and has even been sent as presents as far as America, Canada, and Australia.

‘We are lucky Galway has a wealth of artists and an arts audience’

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FESTIVALS COME thick and fast in Galway this time of the year. The Comedy Carnival has only just finished, but next week will see the launch of the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts which runs from November 7 to 23.

James Hack Tuke and his plan to assist emigration from west of Ireland

The agricultural crisis of 1879, and growing civic unrest, prompted the Society of Friends in England to send James Hack Tuke to the west to inquire into conditions and to distribute relief. Tuke, the son of a well-to-do tea and coffee merchant family in York, England, published his observations in Irish Distress and its Remedies: A visit to Donegal and Connaught in the spring of 1880. In clear-cut language he highlighted the widespread distress and destitution at a time when the British government questioned the extent of the crisis.

 

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