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Carna event to explore links between US State Governor and Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The story of how Joseph Brennan, the son of emigrants from Carna in Connemara, became a State Governor and a significant figure in American politics will be the subject of a video presentation and talk in Carna this evening.
Joseph Brennan also has the distinction of having appointed Senator George Mitchell, the former American Peace Envoy in Northern Ireland, to the United States Senate.

The Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland twenty years ago with Senator George Mitchell from the United States a key figure.
But had it not been for a son of emigrants from Carna in Connemara George Mitchell might never have attainted high status in American politics.
Joseph Brennan was the son of emigrants from the parish of Carna who went to Portland in the State of Maine in the early years of the last century.
Joseph Brennan, became Governor of Maine and in that capacity he had the power to fill a vacancy in the Senate in Washtington in 1980.
He choose George Mitchell.
Joseph Brennan was also a United States Congressman and a member of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Now in his eighties, he lives in Portland, Maine.
History Professor, Michael Connolly from Maine will tonight at 7.30 present a film documentary entitled “Building Bridges: Connections between Joseph Brennan and George Mitchell” in the Emigrants Commemorative Centre in Carna -the area from which Joseph Brennan’s parents emigrated.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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