Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta founder Mairéad Mac Con Iomaire, who retired after 40 years as manager of the Gaeltacht early years service provider, gets a hug from her grandchildren after her final speech at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Na Forbacha, on October 17

The latest assurances on N59 works came last month with promises that a construction contract would shortly be awarded for the Maam Cross to Bunnakill section. In addition, the National Parks and Wildlife Service has granted approval to the council to go to tender for fencing along 10km of the proposed new route between Bunnakill to Claremont. Under the planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála, the NPWS must approve each step on this section of the route because of environmental factors. 

A tender process for a passenger ferry  service for Inishbofin for the next five years has begun, with the new contract expected to come into effect in January. The contract will provide for two return sailings daily between Cleggan and Inishbofin for the community.

The annual remembrance for deceased past pupils and staff of Clifden Community School takes place in the school on November 18 at 7pm. 

Fancy a new hobby? Interested in astronomy? Come along to a public meeting with a view to setting up an astronomy club in Connemara on November 26 at 8pm in Clifden Station House. There will be a talk by Newport Astronomy Club chair Derek Dempsey FRAS, entitled ‘A Tour of the Solar System’. If you are interested in joining the club but are unable to attend, contact connemaraastronomyclub@gmail.com or call 086 3893813. 

The annual ‘After the Light’ parade took place in Letterfrack last month as part of the Conamara Sea Week. The parade, which is always a highlight of the festival, brought members of all local education institutes together for a colorful evening procession around the village.

Éamon Ó Cuív says the Government ‘lacks substance’ on its plans for climate action and investing in the rural transport network. Deputy Ó Cuív said: ‘This is a Government of continuous meaningless statements, trying to give the illusion of action while nothing really is happening. […] Rehashing a cold lunch is not fulfilling a new promise to tackle climate change by investing in our rural transport and once again the government have tried to treat the people as fools, by giving the illusion that there will be new actions, when in fact they are making statements without back-up.’

Oughterard artist,Christine Mayhew, held an exhibition of paintings titled ” Mirage” in the Oughterard courthouse over last weekend (28-29-September). The theme of the exhibition was” Nature in all it’s glorious colours”. The pictures were bright and unusual in that they were painted on mirrors and were perfectly drafted. The date for her next exhibition has yet to be decided. Photo: Christine reflected in one of her mirror paintings.

The proposed social housing development in Clifden was approved by Connemara Councillors last month. The 26-unit build at Hospital Road will be made up of 18 houses and eight apartments. Of these, there will be 10 one-bed units, 11 two-bed units and five three-bed units. There are more than 100 hundred applicants on the Council’s housing list for the Clifden area, with the higher demand for one- and two-bed units. Plans for the development can be viewed in Clifden Library.