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    Caitheann Fionnghuala Nic Thighearnáin, Gaillimh, isteach sa tine cnámha Féile Naomh Eoin Fionnghuala Nic Thighearnáin, Galway, adds fuel to the Féile Naomh Eoin bonfire on Inis Meáin, Aran islands, Saturday (June 23). Naomh Eoin is the island's patron saint and the fire is lit annually on Oíche San Sheáin or St John's Eve to honoour the saint and mark the beginning of the harvest season. Pic: Seán Ó Mainnín
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    Liam agus Imelda Uí Cheallaigh
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    Keeping warm by the fire. Colleen Keegan, Saddle River, New Jersey; Marea Hurson Somers, New York and Grayson Maker, Oklahoma city. Tá Colleen agus Marea ag déanamh staidéar ar an nGaeilge san Ollscoil Notre Dame Colleen Keegan, Saddle River, New Jersey; Marea Hurson Somers, Nua Eabhrac agus Grayson Maker, Cathair Oklahoma. Tá Colleen agus Marea ag déanamh staidéar ar an nGaeilge san Ollscoil Notre Dame
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    Snapping the bonfire Cad is fiú do thine chnáma gan féinín?
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    Watching the bonfire take hold
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    Two fires. The sun sets over neighbouring Inis Mór as the Inis Meáin fire builds up Dhá ábhar tine: an ghrian agus í ag dul faoi agus an tine Naomh Eoin

Fires blaze at Inis Meáin celebration

The islanders of Inis Meáin watched over the fire from sunset to sunrise. As midsummer, and the celebrations that go with, took place in many western countries, the turning of the day on June 23/24 was the focus for islands off the Connemara coast.

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Clifden’s forgotten Famine hero

The Polish ambassador to Ireland visited Clifden last week to unveil a memorial to a man dubbed a ‘forgotten hero’ for his work on relief schemes during the Great Famine. Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki was a Polish explorer who was a chief figure in the British Relief Association during the Famine, focusing his efforts on helping… … Keep Reading

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Leisure park plan gets €34k boost

Plans to develop a community park in Ballyconneely received a boost this month after the project secured €34,000 in initial funding from the Rural Development Leader programme. The park will include an exercise track, a seating/picnic area, a community garden, permanent goalposts, and an adult outdoor exercise gym. The park will transform the site from… … Keep Reading

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New allies in war on gunnera

The battle against two invasive plants has ramped up again this summer, with Cleggan Tidy Towns out in force to fight the spread of gunnera (giant rhubarb) and Japanese knotweed in the area. In May, volunteers built on last year’s efforts and collected 65 sacks of gunnera seed heads from Cleggan, Ross, Aughrus and Claddaghduff.… … Keep Reading

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West Coast Utd secure U13 league

West Coast Utd under 13s capped another fine season when they captured the Galway FA U13 league title in Kilconly recently.  Trailing Kinvara Utd by two points going into the final game, our lads knew only victory would suffice. Fortunately, they were far superior on the day and a 6-0 win brought scenes of great… … Keep Reading

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Ó Cuív calls for clarity on broadband rollout

Éamon Ó Cuív has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment to outline a timeline for the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan. There is now only one company – Enet – left in the running after Eir pulled out of the process earlier this year. Deputy Ó Cuív… Keep Reading

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Oyster Festival blends food, family and fun

An exciting new festival launches next month, with Keoghs of Ballyconneely and John Ward of Dooncastle oysters joining forces for the first Connemara Oyster Festival. Promising a mix of fine food, interactive cookery, music and fun, the event takes place in Ballyconneely over the weekend of July 20-22. The aim of the festival is to… Keep Reading

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Conamara Bog Week

The annual Conamara Bog Week took place from May 27 to June 4, with great weather and an even better lineup of events drawing huge crowds to Letterfrack. All photos: Aoife Herriott. Keep Reading

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Overseas interest at Clifden Pony Sales

There was a strong trade at Clifden Pony Sales last month, based on a packed catalogue of 421 ponies on May 19 and 20. More than 20 ponies sold for in excess of €3,500 each, with 11 of these fetching more than €4,400. Overseas buyers were well represented, with 39 sales to German buyers, 24… Keep Reading

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ORFC unveils plans for major facility expansion

Oughterard Rugby Football Club (ORFC) has unveiled major new plans for the club’s expansion after its purchase of 11 acres of land at Pier Road. This will enable the club to grow from its existing site on the Clifden Road, which has been its home since 2004. As this was leased land, the club could… Keep Reading

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Greenway opens at Ballynahinch

Sunshine and midges alike turned out for the opening of the first section of the Connemara Greenway, a 6km stretch that runs alongside Ballynahinch Castle, late last month. Councillor Eileen Mannion (pictured right, going for a spin along the new route) joined locals, landowners, and some of those who worked on the project to officially… Keep Reading

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