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Lana brings Asian street food to Galway

Asian street food sensation Lana brings the tastes, colours, and smells of Asian street food, together with the fresh salty air and sea in Salthill.

Bill Bailey adds Galway to Limboland Irish tour

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BILL BAILEY, one of the greatest of modern British comedians, has announced he is coming to Galway on Wednesday September 30, when he performs his new show Limboland, in The Black Box Theatre.

Immigrant stories find a home at Mayo County Library

Advocates for the immigrant community gathered in Castlebar recently to celebrate the Mayo Intercultural Action Oral History Project. The project, which was supported by South West Mayo Development Company, saw immigrants from different countries come together to record audio accounts of their lives and migration to county Mayo. Project participants included people from as far afield as Latvia, Poland, Russia, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burma/Myanmar.

Westport based banking academy has programme accredited for the UK

The International Academy of Retail Banking (IARB), whose research and content division is based in Westport, Co Mayo, has announced that its Certified International Retail Banker (CIRB) qualification has been accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute of the UK, the oldest banking educational institute in the world. The IARB opened in Westport just over one year ago and currently employs 13 people in the town. A chief executive is currently being recruited. It intends to create around 40 jobs over the next three years, with the support of IDA Ireland.

New acts unveiled for Body&Soul

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Body&Soul has unveiled new Irish and international acts for this year’s line-up and a taster of the artists who will be using the midsummer festival at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath from June 21-23 as their very own blank canvas.

Diarmuid Gavin star attraction at Galway Garden Festival at Claregalway Castle

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What started out two years ago, as in most people's eyes, a unique opportunity to see the wonderfully-restored Claregalway castle, has turned into one of the must-attend festivals in the west and also into one of the leading horticultultural events in the country. And in ten days, the Galway Garden Festival is back for round three, and this time it is to spawn a series of events that will see the lights on at the castle for months to come. Galway has many festivals, and indeed, many festivals in July, all honed over the years into something special. But none of these made the instant impact that the Galway Garden Festival did when it was inaugurated in 2010, over two days of differing climatic conditions at the beautifully-restored Claregalway Castle.

Wake up and smell the coffee?

Last Thursday I was invited to attend a tasting of the renowned Kopi Luwak coffee at Mr Waffle, located on Scholars Walk, Newcastle. For those unfamiliar with Kopi Luwak, it is one of the world's most rare and expensive coffees, at almost €50 per cup. Not to put too fine a point on it, it is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian palm civet. Yes indeed folks, this unique coffee has the dubious distinction of being consumed before the customer has even taken a sip. I will take mine with milk, sugar, and a good dose of scepticism.

On the cookery book shelf...

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Galway Garden Festival set to rock the castle walls — again

Galway has a multiplicity of festivals, all honed over the years into something special. But none of these made the instant impact that the Galway Garden Festival did when it was inaugurated last year, over two days of differing climatic conditions at the beautifully-restored Claregalway Castle.

Galway Garden Festival set to rock the castle walls — again

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Galway has a multiplicity of festivals, all honed over the years into something special. But none of these made the instant impact that the Galway Garden Festival did when it was inaugurated last year, over two days of differing climatic conditions at the beautifully-restored Claregalway Castle.

 

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