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Art and archaeology meet in Clifden Festival show

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By the Water's Edge' by Augustine Coyne. The title of the photograph gives its name to the group art exhibition that’s running part of Clifden Arts Festival. The exhibition runs until Saturday, September 30 and also features paintings and mixed media work.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow someone good – and that certainly proved true in Summer 2014 when Clifden-born archaeologist Erin Gibbons took a walk on the east side of Inishbofin island. Her discovery that day has resulted in an ongoing archaeological excavation as well as a unique art exhibition.

By Water’s Edge, currently showing at Clifden Arts Festival, features the work of Joe Boske, Brian Bourke, Jay Murphy, Dolores Lyne, Margaret Irwin West, Olwen Kelly, Scott Christian Ward, Marie Fitzpatrick, Augustine Coyne and Audrey Murray.

The terrible storms of winter 2014 disturbed the sand on Inishlyon and exposed the remains of a settlement on the western edge of this tiny tidal island beside Bofin. It was just above the shoreline, facing Bofin’s east beach.

Erin was excited and went out for a look. Although she couldn’t say for certain how old the site was without carbon dating it, experience told her it was relatively recent. The fact that it hadn’t been completely buried by an overfill of sand indicated that it was unlikely to be prehistoric, she explains.

A small grant from the National Monuments Service in 2015 allowed her to survey what she’d seen – it revealed two definite houses and probably two more.

In 2016, Erin and a group of students and artists returned to excavate the most vulnerable site, which had lost its end wall in the 2014 storms. They certainly weren’t houses as we’d recognise them – rather they were pit-houses, built by the poorest of the poor.

A pit house was built by digging a hole in the sand dunes, then facing the internal walls with stone. Those walls were built up using sods, then roofed with driftwood and scraws from nearby bogs before being thatched.

The tiny Inishlyon house, roughly 13 feet by seven, would have been accessed via a sloping stone pathway. Erin’s next challenge was to discover if this had been a dwelling house or an outhouse. A fireplace or hearth would signal that people rather than animals lived there – and the archaeological team discovered a hearth close to the entrance.

This dwelling had no chimney, so smoke could only escape via a hole in the roof and through the door. Hence the hearth’s location. A half-door let in light when the top half was opened – there were no windows.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Wave goodbye to City Bypass as long as Greens are in Government

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An artist's impression of proposed Galway Ring Road.

PEOPLE in the West of Ireland should not be ‘fooled’ into thinking that vital infrastructure projects like the Galway City Bypass will get the go-ahead while Eamon Ryan remains in charge of Environment, a former Fianna Fail Minister and West Galway TD has warned this week.

That’s despite Tánaiste Leo Varadkar re-iterating on Galway Bay FM this week that the funding for the project has already been allocated – although he admitted that planning was the final hurdle.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív told the Connacht Tribune that the proposed bypass of Galway city, which has a Bord Pleanála decision due by November 19 next, would end up being choked under the headings of ‘carbon proofing and carbon rating’.

“Make no mistake about it but the word on the ground that’s filtering through to local Green Party representatives is that this project will not go ahead, and will be stopped because of carbon-proofing regulations.

“This is no red herring – over the years, I’ve seen so many road projects in Connemara that were given the go-ahead in principle but have never happened because of so-called processes and procedures,” said Éamon Ó Cuív.

However, he pledged that the six Fianna Fáil representatives across Connacht, would fight ‘tooth and nail’ not to see the West ‘left behind’ with roads projects that were vital for the future of the province.

“We will be meeting directly with Taoiseach, Micheál Martin on Wednesday next [October 20] to stress the importance of a number of roads projects across the West of Ireland, including the Galway City Bypass.

“And I would also stress that we are committed fully to environmental and carbon reduction measures, but the way to do this is not by preventing people in the West of Ireland from using their cars – the cars aren’t the problem – it’s the fuel that’s used to power them,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Connemara coffee couple are now well grounded!

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Aoife Geary and James Elcock on their opening day, with their first customers - and landlords - Roundstone natives Michael John and Catherine Ferrons, sitting outside.

Aoife Geary always felt like one of the locals in Carna. Even though her parents were living in Galway City, she was largely raised by her granny and grandad Barbara and Coleman Geary. Her first job as a 13-year-old was in the local shop in the Connemara village.

“I know it sounds a bit romantic, but I felt like I was raised by the community, not just in the community. I knew everybody in the shop and everybody knew me,” she reflects.

So, when London was about to go into the first lockdown in March 2020, she and husband James Elcock made a split decision to hop on a flight to Galway armed with two carry-on suitcases.

“Granny was terminally ill with cancer, and I wanted to help out with her care and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to travel. Little did we think we weren’t going to leave.”

Aoife was the live entertainment manager for billionaire Richard Branson’s private members club called Roof Gardens in Kensington while James, a native of Shropshire, was running a restaurant in the bank area of London. She had lived in London since 2013, her husband four years longer.

When he was made redundant, he bought himself a vintage sewing machine in Castlebar and taught himself to use it in an afternoon, setting up his first Irish business making and selling cotton face masks.

They then realised that a takeaway unit in Roundstone had become free, which was overlooking the picturesque pier and with views of the Twelve Bens. They opened My Coffee Cottage in mid-August and business was brisk from the get-go.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Budget’s grant break for college commuters

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NUI Galway.

Grants for some third level students living in certain parts of County Galway, who attend college in the city, could more than double as a result of changes in Budget 2022.

Undergraduates and students on post leaving cert courses living in areas such as Tuam, Loughrea and An Cheathrú Rua will all benefit from an adjustment to the eligibility to the non-adjacent rate for maintenance grants.  Some could get a grant boost of €1,800 next year due to the changes announced in the Budget.

People eligible for a maintenance grant are paid at either a non-adjacent rate or an adjacent rate – determined by measuring the distance of the shortest direct route from your normal residence to college.

Currently, the adjacent rate – which is lower – is paid when your college is 45km or less from where you live. The higher non-adjacent rate is paid when the college is more than 45km away from an eligible student’s home. The non-adjacent rate has been adjusted in Budget 2022 to include 30km to 45km.

This means that eligibility for the non-adjacent rate has been widened, and many students who were previously on the adjacent rate may now be eligible for a higher non-adjacent rate. It means that third level students living in Tuam, Loughrea and An Cheathrú could be eligible for the higher non-adjacent rate next September.

Get the full details on this and the impact of Budget 2022 in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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