Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
A London author has struck it lucky with the publication of his first novel based in Clifden, a town he fell in love with during a one week holiday to Connemara four years ago.
James Mylet from Twickenham works in advertising but has dreamed of having his fictional work published for years. He admits he has had “a few rejections” but next week his first novel Lex hits the shops, published by Quercus, the same publishers of the runaway international success of Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
The book is about a teenager from Clifden who dreams of leaving his home town to become a well known DJ in London, or anywhere but his Connemara home. Lex runs an internet radio station, which he leaves on all day with a long playlist while he attends the local school. He’s a Leaving Cert student, the eldest of three children.
He is also in love with a girl who hardly notices him and Lex thinks her boyfriend doesn’t deserve her.
It is very readable and is a mix of Adrian Mole and Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity because of its wit and innocence.
James, who has no connection with Clifden or even Ireland, hopes that the book will be well received in Ireland and especially Clifden, so he can return there for another visit.
“That week long holiday in the West was eventful. I got inspired with the story for the book and my wife Catherine and I decided to start a family.
“We haven’t been back since – Felix our son is now three and a half so we haven’t gone anywhere much – but I still remember the beauty of Connemara, despite it raining most days."
Read the full interview 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.