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An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny joins Ann Marie O' Flaherty from Aird Mhóir for a 'selfie' when he visited the Emigrants Commemorative Centre site in Carna this week. Photo Sean Lydon

Ros Muc to host €4m cultural centre at Teach an Phiarsaigh

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A €4m cultural centre at Teach an Phiarsaigh (Pearse’s Cottage) in Ros Muc is on course to be ready for next year’s commemorations of the 1916 rising. Taoiseach Enda Kenny turned the first sod at the site during a visit to south Connemara on Monday, July 6. The centre is one of eight permanent reminders…

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National outcry over poisoning of rare eagle

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There was national outcry last month over news that a white-tailed eagle was illegally poisoned in Connemara., with Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys leading a widespread condemnation of the killing. The six year old female bird was discovered dead in its nest by a conservation ranger on April 1 and was…

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Minister admires ‘impressive’ local development during Connemara West visit

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‘Forward-looking local thinking’ was how Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan summed up her visit to the Connemara West campus in Letterfrack last month. The minister arrived on February 17 to gain a better understanding of the positive impact the community-owned organisation has had in its 50 years working in the area. During a tour…

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Open Day for innovative Oughterard school

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Scoil Chuimín agus Caitríona, Oughterard, held an open day for new pupils on Sunday February 8. The innovative school building was a prize winner in the ‘Best Educational Building’ category of the Irish Architecture Awards in 2014. Designed by architect Dermot McCabe, from Galway-based firm Simon J Kelly, the school is built around a central courtyard, surrounded by…

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Madra issues appeal for foster homes over Christmas

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Dog rescue charity Madra is appealing to the people of Galway to provide two-week foster homes for rescue dogs over the Christmas period. The Camus-based charity is looking for people to commit to giving a ‘warm, loving and treat-filled home to an unwanted dog’ from today (December 20). Madra says that the support of foster families during…

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Pictured in Clifden at the launch of the iCrowdfund page are (L to R)  Nigel Prendergast (Youth Reach Letterfrack), Cathy Connolly (North and West Connemara School Completion Programme), Chris Shanahan (President Clifden Chamber of Commerce), Justin McDermott (Jigsaw Galway) and Marie Feeney (Forum Connemara Adolescent Support Project)

Crowd-fund campaign launched to fund new Jigsaw outreach services in Connemara

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An innovative crowd-funding campaign to fund a proposed Jigsaw Galway outreach program for north west Connemara was launched yesterday (December 1). The aim is to fund a weekly outreach service, bringing a Jigsaw Galway support worker to Clifden once a week to meet with young people from north west Connemara. Anyone can contribute to funding the…

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Oughterard shines extra brightly this winter

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  Volunteers who gave generously of their time to organise the Oughterard Christmas Lights this year, including this eye-catching new decoration at the church. Pictured are committee members Patrick Gibbons, Gerry Gibbons, Brendan Larkin, Niall Walsh, and Mike Gibbons – missing from the picture is Adrian Geoghegan (photo: Tom Broderick)

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December start for Moycullen N59 works

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Work to upgrade the N59 on approach to Moycullen village will begin on December 1. The contract for the scheme was signed yesterday (Wednesday, November 19) in Galway County Council buildings. The €3.5m projects will involve the widening and realignment of the road from Clydagh into Moycullen, including Clydagh bridge. It will also include installation…

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