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In 1815, the warden of Galway Dr French went to Kilkenny to ask sisters of the Presentation Order to return with him to Galway to found a convent here. A Reverend Bartholomew Burke has left a fund of £4,800 for the purpose. Three sisters arrived here in October of that year. They moved into a house in Kirwan’s Lane temporarily, and from there to Eyre Square. On March 25th, 1819, they moved to a house in poor condition that had originally been built as a Charter School and which would become known as the Presentation Convent. The following year they opened their school adjacent to the convent.
Fergal Costello, a former captain of the Mayo and Ballinrobe senior football teams, is to launch Ballinrobe GAA club’s Coaching Plan (2015 to 2020) this evening, Friday, November 28.
Members of the Ballinrobe public are invited to attend a public consultation meeting as part of the efforts to restore a town hall facility to the town.
By Frances Toner
Galway has jumped seven points to 21st place in the latest survey from the Irish Business Against Litter group securing its current status as the cleanest of Ireland’s four main cities.
Seventy-two community based food-growing projects, including voluntary groups, residents associations, schools, and hospitals are to benefit from grants of up to €5,000 from the GIY (Grow It Yourself) Get Ireland Growing Fund, in partnership with AIB. Four community food projects in Mayo received funding including Ballyhaunis Community Garden.
The Galway Filipino community will celebrate the 115th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence on Wednesday June 12 in Galway city.
Iarnród Éireann has announced the winners of 100 free group trips as part of its community initiative, The Journey’s On Us. The Mayo groups that were victorious; Rock n Roses Choir, Swinford; Kilcommon Community Council; Castlebar Mitchels Camogie Club; No Name Club, Castlebar; GMIT Castlebar Green Campus Committee; St Joseph’s Primary School, Ballinrobe; Westport Family and Community Resource Centre; and Westport Ladies Gaelic Football Club.
This interesting aspect of Courthouse Square shows the Town Hall on the left and The Convent of Mercy National School in the distance. The Mercy Sisters arrived in Galway in 1840 to a house in Lombard Street. The following year they bought JoycesDistillery and Mill house and stores on St. Stephen’s Island together with the excellent dwelling house and offices in which Mrs. Joyce resided. They converted these and opened a school there and called it St. Vincent’s Academy. They were very busy during the Famine and ran three soup kitchens, one in St. Vincent’s, one in Bohermore and one in Bushypark.
Right now the Olympics is a hot topic. There are lots of experts and analysts commenting on how our Irish athletes have performed in London 2012. The question is being asked as to what we as a nation could or should have done to improve the standard or quality of the athletes being sent to the Olympics every four years. Politicians such as Senator Eamon Coughlan have proposed that a programme should be rolled out in schools to introduce children to athletics and Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring has emphasised the need for more money to be invested in our athletes in the future.