Peggy Mannion, Queen of Cashel, wishes to thank all those who helped her in her campaign: ‘I would like to thank everybody who contributed to my recent fundraising campaign to become Queen of Cashel. The campaign was to raise funds for the Cashel Together Festival, which takes place every summer and has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Along with my fellow contestants, Joe Kelly, Recess; Joe Joyce, Cashel; and Vincent Knight, Clifden, we raised in excess of €6,400. My thanks to my family, friends neighbours work colleagues and the local community who were overwhelmingly generous in their support and good wishes.’ 

The Connemara Lake Hotel, Oughterard, last month hosted the launch of a new CD by popular local singer Jim Walsh. Jim won the Benson and Hedges ‘Golden Voice’ competition in the mid-90s, and continues to be popular throughout the region. He was accompanied by Matt Keane and his band at the launch on August 9. (photo: Tom Broderick)

Contracts have been signed for the construction of a 14-unit social housing development in Roundstone. Finna Construction expect to be on site in early September to build the 12 homes at Cnoc na Carraige. 

At the launch in the Emigrant Centre, Carna, Wednesday last, of a new tourist brochure for the Iorras Aithneach region comprising Cill Chiaráin and Carna in Connemara, were Micheál Ó Cochartaigh, left, project development officer and Méadbh Seoighe, Enterprise and Development, Údaras na Gaeltachta with Steve Ó Cúláin, chairman, Cósta Gaelach Chonamara and the Aran Islands. Pic: Seán Ó Mainnín

Connemara Community Radio invites listeners to take part in its annual short story competition. While there is no restriction on theme or style, stories must be original, may not exceed 1,500 words and must be typed. To enter you must be 18 years or over. Entries will be judged by Vinnie Browne (Charlie Byrnes Bookshop) and the closing date is Friday October 18. For more information, email westwindblows@connemarafm.com.

A fundraising evening was held in the Boat Inn, Oughterard on August 1 in aid of breast cancer research. The winners of the ladies day competition were Stephanie Gibbons (best dressed lady), Michael Welby (best dressed gentleman) Margo Delap (glamorous granny), and Aine O’Flynn (best hat)
Iarla Walsh’s spaniel Gilly was overall champion dog at the Roundstone All Ireland dog show, which took place on  bank holiday Monday. Pictured, Iarla holding the champion’s cup, with Kate McNamara (judge), Allannah Walsh, Donncha Walsh and Claire Linnane (judge).

A grant of up to €32,000 for Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Meáin will enable the organisation to renovate the old diving centre on the island to be used as a community centre, office, and digital hub. The funding will be used to appoint advisers to create a design, seek tenders and monitor the refurbishment work and change of use  proposed to be carried out. Minister Seán Kyne said: ‘This Government, with Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Meáin, is determined to improve the quality of life and economic development on the island by providing necessary community facilities to the 127 people living [there].’ 

The Clifden Active Retirement group had a very enjoyable break away in Tullamore in May, before breaking for the summer. Meetings will resume on Wednesday, October 02 in St Joseph’s Court. For more information, call or text 0879956275.

Bus Éireann has been granted a licence for two additional evening services for the Galway to Moycullen and Oughterard routes, it was confirmed last month. The new services will run from Galway at 20.15 and 22.15, seven days a week. The confirmation came at a meeting between Minister Seán Kyne and the National Transport Authority in Dublin. The Minister had had previously met with Bus Éireann and City Direct representatives about plans for the Moycullen, Rosscahill and Oughterard areas. It is hoped services will begin later this year.

Screen Skills Ireland is offering a Media Production Assistant Traineeship. Based in the Gaeltacht, this traineeship is for entrants ‘with a real passion for film and TV, who hope to build a career in the screen sector’. Trainees will have the opportunity to assist with a wide range of technical support and operational areas, such as camera, lighting, sound and editing. The skills gained on this programme will enable participants to go on to work in many areas in film and TV at junior level. To apply, email claire.ogrady@gretb.ie by 5pm on Thursday September 5.

Sinead Sheehan and Dan Sheehan were winners of this year’s Parent and Child competition at Connemara Golf Links. Sinead is pictured here with sponsor Michael Galvin, who has sponsored the event for more 26 years, Lady Captain Denise Tucker and Captain Cyril Joyce.