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Japanese Film Festival - movies for the cherry blossom season

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FROM ANIME to historical comedies, stories of financial corruption to all kinds of romance, the seventh annual Japanese Film Festival promises a programme of acclaimed new Japanese cinema from some of the country’s leading directors and actors.

NUI Galway global alumni network goes live

NUI Galway has over 90,000 graduates around the world, and at a recent NUI Galway event, RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, NUI Galway Alumni Association Chair launched a new departure through the means of an innovative social media platform for the University’s graduates to connect. The new Alumni Network is an exciting new way for graduates to connect with NUI Galway's global network and with each other, and it can be found at

The Prince Bar cocktail corner

Baileys Banana Colada

€18m investment will see Westmeath’s first windfarm

The issue of wind-powered, electricity generation is back to the fore in the Midlands with the announcement this week that an Irish company has signed an €18m contract with a Chinese firm to develop three wind farms in Westmeath, Offaly, and Roscommon.

Windfarm firm undecided on appeal after €20m project is refused

Gaeltech Energy Developments Ltd (GED), the Cootehill-based company which had its application for a windfarm in Gaybrook turned down this week, has not yet decided whether to appeal the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Anti-wind group target appeal against “Boeing and a half”

The residents’ association opposing the €20 million, nine-turbine wind farm in the Gaybrook area is targetting an appeal to An Bord Pleanála as the best way to halt what it calls “an unsuitable” development.

Politicians unite in opposition to Gaybrook windfarm

Former Minister Mary O’Rourke has offered to lead a cross-party delegation to the county manager’s office in protest at the proposed Gaybrook windfarm, a development her parliamentary colleague Deputy James Bannon referred to as: “A serious blight on a tourism honeypot... in a densely populated area”.

Gaybrook windfarm approaches endgame

A total of 334 submissions and opinions have been received by Westmeath County Council from the public and other interested parties concerning the proposed windfarm between Gaybrook and Miltownpass, by last week’s March 4 deadline for such. The Cootehill-based firm, Gaeltech Energy Ltd, lodged its application with Westmeath County Council on January 29 and a decision is expected by March 25.

Gaybrook residents face “uphill struggle” against wind farm

Plans to stop a proposed wind farm on the outskirts of Mullingar got a little harder to achieve this week after two of the residents’ main objections were deemed unuseable at a second meeting in the Bloomfield House hotel.

Leaded, contaminated and now Galway gets smart water

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From cryptosporidium to lead contamination, Galway now has ‘Smart Water’, compliments of IBM. To date the city’s water problems have drawn more national attention than the county hurling squad.


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