Kylemore Abbey lit up red for World Heart Day last week. Working in association with Croí, the heart and stroke charity, staff at the Abbey created a ‘healthy, yet fun itinerary’ to highlight the fight against heart disease. Along with lighting up the Abbey,  there were two hikes to the Sacred Heart Statue above the Abbey took place, and a ‘Heart Hero’s Wall’ in the foyer of Mitchel’s café, which served a special ‘heart hero’ menu to mark the event. The hero wall is especially important to Mitchel’s Café sous chef, Dolores Heanue, who recently experienced the benefits of Croí’s work in Galway following cardiac surgery.

The Annual Galway Night Run in aid of Croí, which takes place on Friday, October 11 at 8pm on the Salthill Prom, is one of the charity’s biggest fundraising events and it caters for all ages and abilities.  This year promises to be even bigger and better, to celebrate the 5th anniversary, with music and entertainment at the start and finish line. The run will be chipped timed and everyone will receive a medal! Regular entry is €35, with discounted entry for students, youth and over 65s. Under 12s are welcome for free, but strictly must be under the supervision of an adult. Registration is open at

Conamara Sea Week returns for its 35th year (October 20-28) with another celebration of the area’s music, landscape, and heritage. As always, a highlight for both children and grownups will be the spectacular ‘After the Light’ parade through the village on October 23. For more, see

Éamon Ó Cuív says he is disappointed at the slow progress in providing three evening bus services from Galway to Carraroe and Lettermore. Deputy Ó Cuív said: ‘The first term in the colleges has recommenced, and yet the people of south Connemara are reliant on one bus leaving at 6pm [from] Knocknacarra.’

A large sale of good quality preloved occasionwear takes place this Saturday (October 5). The sale,  in Peacockes Hotel in Maam Cross from 2pm to 8pm, is in aid of Little Gems playschool, Recess. 

Marie-Hélène Poudevigne, from Oughterard, has received one of the highest French honours for ‘service to the nation’. Marie-Hélène, who has been engaged for the French community in Ireland for more than 20 years, was made a Knight of the French national Order of Merit. The honour was bestowed by French ambassador Stéphane Crouzat (pictured below) at a ceremony at the Residence of France in Dublin.

Progress is being made on the N59 Maam Cross to Bunnakill Scheme, with Galway County Council ready to award a construction contract. Works are expected to start in November, with an 18-month construction period. The works will include the realignment of approximately 5.2km, and comprises the construction of a new carriageway, which varies from 7m to 8m in width, 0.5m hard strips and verges that vary from 2m to 3.3m in width. The scheme also includes local road improvements, improvement of public road junction layouts, a new bridge and three retaining walls.

Bhí Paul Gillen ón Roinn Sláinte i Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara, Carna, chun brat ‘Scoil Cóthaithe Sláinte’ a bhronnadh mar aitheantas ar na gníomhaíochtaí dearfach atá déanta ag an scoil le linn an bhfeachtas seo. Ó chlé: Meabh Ní Chadhain, Éabha Ní Chathasaigh, Joe de Búrca, Paul Gillen HSE, Marie Nee, Ciara Ní Cheannabháin, Clodagh Ní Chuinneáin, agus Patrick Ó Cualáin

Letterfrack NS joined the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20. Students and staff walked out of school at 1.30pm and marched through the village, with many parents joining them. The march ended at the green in front of GMIT, where children from sixth class spoke about their reasons for striking.

Mary Faherty and Tania Southwell have taken over the organisation of WaterSports Day, which takes place annually on Glassilaun beach in Renvyle.  Patricia Keane, who ran the event for 25 years, raising almost €70,000 for CARI, wished the new team the best of luck, adding: ‘We’re all looking forward to them breathing new life into what is already a wonderful event! Roll on the next 25 years!’

Carmel Geoghan (pictured above) presents the Angela and Paddy Geoghegan Cup to Peter O’Malley, Carraroe, at the Oughterard Show. The cup honours the contribution of the couple to Connemara Pony breeding, and the role of Angela in particular as ‘the foundation, roof, and walls’ of the family.