Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Over 3,000 students across the county and city are today facing into the second day of the Leaving Certificate after kicking off proceedings with a particularly topical English paper as well as home economics yesterday.
In total 6,363 are taking papers in the Leaving Cert, Applied Leaving Cert and the Junior Cert – 3,157, 112 and 3,094 respectively.
According to figures obtained from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) there are 129 more boys taking the exam in the county this year, while there are 74 more sitting the Junior Cert.
The numbers are down slightly on last year, when 78 more sat the
Leaving Cert, 26 more sat the Applied Leaving and 77 more sat the Junior Cert.
Students at the co-educational Coláiste Einde in Salthill were overwhelming happy with the first English paper.
The higher level paper featured extracts from Let The Great World Spin, the novel by Colm McCann, and a letter about cats by Irish Times foreign correspondent Lara Marlowe.
English teacher Brian Fahy said the essays would have suited students who are good writers and who had prepared well.
“There was great choice. Students are so well travelled these days, it was very topical. It was a fair paper. The ordinary level essays gave them plenty of chance to express their ideas and their own dreams of what they might do in the future,” he mused.
The ordinary level paper had a theme of travel and discovery and featured extracts on the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, travelling in Afghanistan and even the cult TV series Star Trek.
See full story and more photos in this week’s Connacht Tribune
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.