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“This expert-led report, Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network, comes at a critical time for Ireland. Decades of poor planning and under investment in our marine and coastal areas have resulted in unsustainable outcomes for our marine environment and the coastal communities that depend on it.”
The long, and often controversial, saga of a bypass for Galway may be brought to a close when An Bord Pleanála decides the fate of the Galway City Ring Road in April.
FOR THOSE who lived through it, 2020 was a year that will never be forgotten. It was also a year that few, if any, will remember with any trace of positivity. There may, though, be an exception.
For The Insider, engagement with the arts in 2020 often meant watching them from my sitting room with a cup of tea - or a G&T - in front of me, and, sadly, given the continuing uncertainties surrounding the rollout of the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, that situation might remain unchanged for months to come.
AWARD WINNING Galway writers Elaine Feeney, Mary Costello, and Nuala O’Connor will be the focus of the opening weeks of a new online book club - Women Writers of the West.
This photograph of some of the staff of the Rockville Hotel was taken in the summer of 1947. They were all well-dressed which would have been normal in hotels in Salthill at the time, porters would have worn swallow-tail coats and waitresses proper uniforms. The Rockville was originally a guest house owned by a Mr Kelleher who was a member of the RIC. It evolved into a small comfortable hotel owned by O’Neills (“Private bathing from the Hotel, Phone Salthill 70”) and later by people named Hynes. As the Rockville it had high standards and was fully licensed.
In its recent publication, Wastewater Treatment in Galway, An Taisce reminded us that until the wastewater treatment plant on Mutton Island came into operation in 2004, this city had historically allowed 6,000,000 litres of untreated raw sewage a day to flow out into Galway Bay, a Special Area of Conservation.
As I write this, it is not quite a week since the incumbent (and outgoing) president of the United States, Donald J Trump, attempted a coup, seeking to prevent the formal announcement of the election results, to overturn the results of that election, and somehow to cling to power.
Business to Arts launched the call for Westmeath nominations for the annual Business to Arts awards to join previous local winners of the 2016 Allianz Community Arts Award, BNP Paribas and Helium Arts Westmeath.
THE HILL - a landform which extends above the surrounding terrain; a summit to be reached; a place on which a person is prepared to die for an ideal; an obstacle to be overcome; a goal.