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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

in Aran Islands / Oileáin Arainn/Top Stories

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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Pictured at the unveiling of a plaque in Clifden to commemorate Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, a Polish explorer who during the Great Famine helped more than 200,000 Irish Children survive thanks to his innovative child relief school scheme are Cllr Eileen Mannion, Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway and Mr Ryszard Sarkowicz, Polish Ambassador to Ireland who officially unveiled the plaque. Photo by Aoife Herriott

Clifden’s forgotten Famine hero

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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…

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Leisure park plan gets €34k boost

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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…

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New allies in war on gunnera

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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.…

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West Coast Utd secure U13 league

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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…

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Community pulls together to support Syrian aid appeal

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The community of Clifden has come together this Autumn to gather winter clothing for the Syrian refugees who are struggling to survive in the Middle East, writes Deborah Watkins. The spur to action came from Rosemary and Canon Stan Evans who felt helpless at the sight of news bulletins showing so many young children being killed and…

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The Edward Delaney work "The Shadows of the Boats" in sunset later that evening

President unveils sculpture by Edward Delaney

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President Michael D Higgins visited An Cheathrú Rua earlier this month to unveil a sculpture by artist Edward Delaney, who lived in the area for nearly 30 years. Calling the setting at Trá an Dóilín ‘inspired’, the President commended Eddie’s family, the local community and Galway County Council for coming together to realise the project after…

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Aid appeal for Syria

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A clothes appeal for refugees in Syria and Iraq is seeking donations to the Town Hall in Clifden later this month. The two days of collections will run on Wednesday 28 (from 9am to 9pm) and Thursday 29 of September (9am to 5pm). Clifden will be the hub for these collections being organised throughout the West under…

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