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John McCormack souvenir coins nearly sold out on first day

A limited edition run of commemorative silver coins in honour of Athlone tenor John Count McCormack is almost sold out.

St Gerald’s College looks to embrace the future

St Gerald’s College, Castlebar, was recently selected as one of only a select number of schools in the country to participate in a new education project, the EUFolio project. A total of 25 schools in Ireland will take part in this project alongside schools in five other European countries, Spain, Austria, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.

Fifteen schools to lose teachers

Fifteen schools across County Galway are set to lose at least one full teaching post in September and be expected to endure larger class sizes at the same time.

Fianna Fáil could take three seats in Connemara

Fianna Fáil look set to challenge for three seats in Connemara in May’s Local Elections, but there will be no return to the party’s former dominance of the area.

Athlone team compete in yoga championships

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Four members of Bikram Yoga Athlone recently travelled to Dublin to participate in the second annual Irish Yoga Asana Championship.

Free wind orchestra event this Sunday

The Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra is an ensemble set up by musicians who hope to promote wind band/ensemble music at its highest level in Ireland. It has been founded by musicians, for musicians.

Student fashion show to raise funds for cancer charity

A group of secondary school students are appealing to clothes and accessory shops to take part in a fundraising fashion show they are organising in the city.

Count McCormack coin to be launched this month

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The Central Bank is to launch a special €10 coin later this month commemorating Athlone’s John Count McCormack.

A royal visitor in ‘Pollok’s Time’

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Earlier this year Galway Diary discussed the evictions implemented by Marcella Netterville and John Gerrard on their 7,000 acre estate at Ballinlass, near Mount Bellew Co Galway. In 1846 more that 400 families were heartlessly thrown out on the road, without any compensation. The land was being cleared to fatten cattle, which would have been far more profitable than tenants; many of whom, as the Great Famine tightened its terrible grip, were unable to pay their way. The Times of London famously commented that the Ballinlass evictions showed ‘the sublime indifference to social considerations of which no one but an Irish landowner is capable.’

Government engaged in covert attack on Mayo small schools — Calleary

Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said there is a mounting threat to the future of small schools across Mayo as the Government continues to sit on a report which could determine their future. In response to questions from Fianna Fáil in the Dáil, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn again refused to commit to a date for publishing the Value for Money review, which he has had since early this year.


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