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The Insurance Institute of Galway (with a geographical spread from Mayo to Clare and Roscommon/Westmeath to Offaly) is a major player in the development of the institute movement throughout Ireland and noted for its professionalism and dedication to its membership of some 800 people. It is also noted for warmth and hospitality, a simple trait it is still very proud of.
In the early years of the 20th century the Irish language increasingly was associated with poverty and backwardness. In the national school system, which was established in 1831, children had been beaten with what became known as a ‘tally stick’ if they were caught speaking Irish. Apparently every time a child was heard speaking Irish, a notch was cut on the stick, and the poor child received the same number of blows.
The Government is paying out €450,000 a year to Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book for schools to access online material which contains farcical inaccuracies about the Irish Civil War, according to Fine Gael Seanad Education Spokesperson, Fidelma Healy Eames.
Hollywood actor James Cromwell, who spent a month in Galway last year with Druid, is recovering in Los Angeles after he fell from his bike in a canyon last weekend.
Nine-time All-star winner and ex-Gaelic Players Association President DJ Carey believes that the GPA would be silly to ignore the €1.05 million euro on the table for a new government grants scheme, despite the ‘package’ being reduced by almost €2 million because of the current economic climate.
A new report has highlighted that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living in Mayo and throughout the west of Ireland are being discriminated against.
Ireland has every possibility of getting back the 39 controversial paintings, willed to the Irish people by art collector Sir Hugh Lane at the beginning of the 20th century, but which remain in London because the codicil to his will was not witnessed. “Hugh Lane’s intentions were absolutely clear”, the dynamic director of the Hugh Lane (formerly Dublin City) Gallery, Ms Barbara Dawson said in Coole last weekend, “there is no reason on earth why the paintings are not on Irish soil permanently.”