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In April 1913, the Daily Mail offered £10,000 (about €500,000 today)
Memories of a blessed childhood in Connemara and a family steeped in west of Ireland prompted Amelia Joyce to publish her first book at the age of 80. A mix of guidebook and personal journey, at the heart of My Connemara Journeys is Amelia’s undying passion for Connemara.
I’m going to begin this column with the great news about Katie Taylor. As we all know by now, on Saturday night she defeated Belgian woman, Delfine Persoon, in Madison Square Garden in New York. I didn’t see the fight because it was at 1.30 in the morning, but I saw bits of it on the news, and it appears that she won it fair and square. But already the grumblings are beginning and Delfine Persoon has challenged her to a re-match as soon as possible. If I was Katie Taylor, I would not agree to a re-match. Katie won it, and she is now the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Why should she casually decide on a re-match, just because the loser wants to engage with her immediately? So leave her alone; you are now, Katie, the world champion, so rest on your laurels. Despite that fact, she is always regarded, both when written about and in interviews, as a modest, unassuming young woman, and she appears to be that in every sense of the word. Well done Katie, and I hope you enjoy the sense of accomplishment.
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Atlantic Notes is a show dedicated to music, song, story and dance along the Wild Atlantic Way. It will run for Tuesday nights at Westport Town Hall.
It’s a busy time for the Mayo Youth Orchestra, directed by Dr Anne Moriarty, as they prepare for what promises to be two great evening concerts in Mayo this June. On Tuesday evening June 11, the orchestra will perform in the Great National Hotel, Ballina, together with the Waubonsie Valley High School Orchestra, from Illinois. Also taking part are members of the Bofield Ceilí Band. Then on Wednesday June 19, the Mayo Youth Orchestra will perform with the Grand Haven High School Orchestra from Michigan, in Holy Trinity Church, Westport.
Mojofest, the annual mobile content creation festival, opens in Galway today with three days of events for marketers, journalists, communicators, and SMEs at NUI Galway.
Former employees of electronic manufacturing operations such as Northern Telecom and Digital Equipment Corporation as well as those who worked or studied in information technology, telecommunications and the computer retail sector in Galway during the 1970s/1980s are requested to attend a gathering at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics of the Data Science Institute, NUI Galway in the Dangan Business Park at 8pm on Tuesday June 11.
Former international says parents should use Women’s World Cup to create new role models for young girls
With the FIFA women’s World Cup kicking off in France tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, a former Irish international player who played in the UEFA Champions League for Galway in 2009 is calling on more Galway girls to tune in, get informed, and identify international stars who can be their role models.
The Madden brothers came originally from near Ballinasloe. They emigrated to the US and when the depression happened, one of them, Jackie, made up his mind to remain in America, but the others decided to return to Galway and set up in business. Two of them, Willy and Charley, developed the nurseries on Taylor’s Hill, Miko opened a garage in Woodquay, and Jimmy built this garage at Nile Lodge with the help of his brother Willy. It was on a terrific location, situated on a junction of the two main roads from the city to Salthill.