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As part of a drive towards zero emission vehicles, the Galway City Council has this week deployed eight fully-electric vans.
Ireland may geographically be closer to Britain, but politically, with Brexit, and the UK becoming a ‘third country outside the EU, France is now the Republic’s closest neighbour - a relationship the French are keen to develop and deepen.
Native Irish oak saplings from Coolattin Forest, donated by Berna Hayden, added an ecological flavour to the sixth annual awards ceremony at Kumon Galway City West on Sunday. Students collected their saplings and their academic awards at an open air, restrictions compliant event, at the Galway Greyhound Stadium.
An online fundraiser to repatriate the bodies of a family of three who lost their lives in a collision on the M6 last week has raised nearly €100,000 in two days.
The recent United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report signed off by 195 governments is a truly terrifying read. It makes clear that Global Warming- characterised by more intense and frequent heatwaves, storms, rainfall, flooding and melting glaciers as well as rising sea levels, is due to human activity. It further stated that no part of the world is safe from its consequences and that these changes are accelerating.
An online Book of Condolences in memory of Karzan Sabah, Shahen Qasm and Baby Lena has been opened on the Galway City Council website.
Ninety years ago, on August 2, 1931, the world famous long-distance swimmer, Miss Mercedes Gleitz, attempted to swim from the Aran Islands to Salthill. She did in fact manage to swim from Inis Meán to Spiddal in 18 hours 43 minutes, a distance of 18 miles as the crow flies, but it was estimated that with currents, etc, she covered a distance of nearly 30 miles. Two days later she gave a swimming demonstration in Salthill and presented a cup to the Chamber of Commerce to be presented to the school in the county which presented the greatest number of swimmers in relation to its student numbers. She stimulated a lot of interest in the sport, which had received a terrific boost just a few months before with the formation of two clubs, Blackrock Swimming Club and Galway Swimming Club. This guaranteed competition between the clubs and quickly helped raise standards.
Indoor sports and hobby clubs throughout Galway city are “in crisis”, and many may go extinct, unless plans are put in place for the return of indoor classes and training.
With the largest number of Mayo supporters in a long time making the trip to Dublin on Saturday for the All Ireland football semi-final double header for the men's and women's teams from Mayo, Mayo County Council have asked those travelling to the game to 'play it safe' on the road.
In the early decades of the 19th century fortunes were made in giving hundreds of thousands of emigrants safe passage to America. As the decades slipped by the numbers grew into millions. Liverpool had the main transatlantic business for these two islands, but Galway, situated some 300 miles closer to America, and with the onset of powerful steam-driven ships, believed that a better and quicker service could be provided.