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The Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards 2024 were this week officially launched by awards patron, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of this awards programme which celebrates the achievements of small businesses in Ireland and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business community to the Irish economy.
Galway becomes Ireland’s Comedy Capital this October Bank Holiday, with the nation’s biggest comedy festival taking over the city’s pubs and theatres for seven nights of fun, laughter, mischief, and merriment.
On 28 June 1920, members of the Connaught Rangers Regiment stationed at Wellington Barracks, Jullundur in Punjab, mutinied in protest against the activities of the British Army in Ireland. The irony of their stance as members of a colonial occupying army was, it would seem, lost on them. Two men took the protest to the Connaught Rangers company at Solon Barracks the next day. On the evening of 1 July, a group armed with bayonets attempted to take weapons from the magazine fort at Solon. The guard opened fire, killing a mutineer and an innocent man. The protest started peacefully at both locations—orders were ignored, tricolours were flown, Sinn Féin rosettes were worn, and rebel songs were sung. Sixty-one men were convicted of mutiny. Fourteen were sentenced to death, but only one, James Joseph Daly, was executed. Those imprisoned were released in 1923. Ballina man James J. Devers, one of the Solon mutineers, was among those released. Devers enlisted in 1918.
As the summer approaches many of us are making final decisions on where we will be spending the holidays this year. Unfortunately, accommodation prices are at record levels and availability is limited throughout the country.
Decadent Theatre Company and Galway Arts Centre Present Donal Ryan’s From a Low and Quiet Sea At Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday, May 16, at 8pm.
Why Do Girls Give Up Sport? Panel discussion at the Westside Library on Saturday 25 February 2023 at 11am
Why do girls give up sport?
After sporadic fighting in Galway during the summer of 1922, and the occupation of some buildings in the town, including the old RIC barracks in Eglington Street, and the former Connaught Ranger barracks at Renmore, the anti-Treaty forces withdrew into Connermara, and into the east Galway countryside.
Galway is in a great position to deliver new tourist experiences in the coming years, the city’s first post-Covid tourism briefing event was told this week.