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Conference flies flag for women in business

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Carmen Taheny, BPW National President. The 16th European Conference will be hald in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Lifestyle – Some of Europe’s most influental women will gather in Galway this month for the European Conference of the Business and Professional Women’s Group. The organisation’s Irish president, Galwaywoman Carmen Taheny tells Denise McNamara what’s involved.

When Carmen Taheny attended the European conference of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Sorrento during her first tenure as President of the Irish organisation in 2012, it occurred to her that this was an event perfect for Galway.

“I said to myself, if the Italians can do it, why can’t we bring this home?” she recalls over coffee.

“Everything was an hour late – that’s not saying bad about the Italians – one of my daughters is married to one. But this was a way to really put the Irish BPW on the map and bring all these European women to Ireland.”

Back at home, Carmen worked with colleagues on a pitch that would persuade the organisation which boasts 30,000 members worldwide – 20,000 of them in Europe – to head for the most westerly isle in the Atlantic.

In November 2013 she went to Brussels making the bid on behalf of BPW Ireland, against competition from Paris, Estonia, Istanbul and Reykjavik.

“I remember thinking we’d never beat Paris. It was 2014 and I was sitting in the Meyrick Hotel sipping Champagne with a colleague who was about to get married when I got the call that we’d won. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

From May 24-26, more than 400 women from 30 countries will descend on Galway for the 16th European BPW Conference – the largest gathering of European women ever to meet in Ireland.

The conference’s theme is peace, focusing on people, education, ambition, communication and environment.

The impressive list of Irish and international speakers includes Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who stepped down as president of Malta last month following her appointment by parliament for five years. She will discuss the experience of refugees in Malta and the impact their mass arrival has had on that island nation.

The long-term parliamentarian turned what had been a largely ceremonial role into a more grassroots office, highlighting the plight of women suffering domestic violence, immigrants, people with disabilities and the issue of male suicide.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Development hailed as major boost in tackling local housing demand

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Artist’s impression...the proposed Claregalway housing development.

The green light has been given to a sizeable residential development in Claregalway, which was the subject both of strenuous opposition and support in the area.

An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission for 111 houses and apartments in Claregalway following a strategic housing development application by K King Construction for the development at Lakeview, Claregalway.

Local councillor David Collins (FG) welcomed the decision saying that there was an urgent need for new housing in Claregalway given the demand.

And he also paid tribute to developer Walter King for offering land for the development of community facilities to the local area.

“We need the houses and we need the land so this decision satisfies Claregalway on both fronts,” Cllr Collins added.

The Athenry Oranmore area councillor also said that requirement that a certain number of houses be reserved for Irish speakers was also a boost to developing the language in the area – Claregalway is part of the Gaeltacht.

The higher planning authority ruled that the proposed development would constitute an acceptable residential density at this location and was also acceptable in terms of traffic and pedestrian safety.

They also said that the site could be drained satisfactorily and that surface water would not be an issue.

The site for the development measures over twelve acres in size and is located at the junction of the Lydican Road about three quarters of a mile from the village off the main Oranmore road.

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Carna’s Community Café raises a cuppa – and funds – for new Ukrainian arrivals

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Carna Community Café volunteers presenting a cheque to Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director Niall O'Meachair (third from right); pictured are (from left) Máirín Ní Churraion, Kate Mulkerrins, Siobhán Kennedy, Tom Lane and Máire Ní Domhnaill.

Carna’s new Community Cafe has donated €1,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal – thanks to the village’s love of tea, cake, and a good old chat.

The brainchild of a group of sea-swimming enthusiasts living in the area, the weekly café started just before Easter as a way to help people begin socialising again after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Looking to simply cover costs – with the café’s bakers and servers all volunteering and charging just a euro for a cup of tea or a piece of cake – the team decided any excess income would be donated to charity.

Little did they know that just five weeks later they would be passing on €1,000 to the Red Cross.

“The aim initially wasn’t to raise money at all, we just wanted to provide a friendly, welcoming and affordable place where people could come and have a chat and see each other again,” said Máirín Ní Churraoin, who runs the local Post Office.

“But it’s been proving more popular than we could have imagined, so we decided that any income generated has to go to a good cause – for this first donation we all felt the Red Cross Ukraine appeal was an obvious choice.”

The Ukraine appeal is even more fitting given the location of the Café: the dining room of the Carna Bay Hotel, which is currently providing accommodation to people who have fled the conflict.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative, it’s just brilliant to see people coming out and socialising over a bit of cake again,” said Karl Rogers from the Carna Bay Hotel.

“And with the tea, musicians and chat, it’s a great way for our guests from Ukraine to meet local people and experience Irish culture first-hand.”

At the most recent event on Saturday May 7th, Irish Red Cross Conamara Area Director, Niall O’Meachair was on hand to collect a cheque for €1,000.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this money from the Community Café in Carna, and through the work of the Red Cross we’ll make sure it goes to helping people affected by this awful, awful conflict.”

The Community Café is held every Saturday in the Carna Bay Hotel, 10am to 12:30pm.

 

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Old stone-carved bank sign to be retained after community lobby

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Deputy Sean Canney outside the old Bank of Ireland building at Shop Street in Tuam.

An old stone carved sign on the front of a former bank building in the heart of Tuam is to be retained, following intense representations from the local business community.

The building is currently being renovated by the Department of Social Protection which is moving into the property over the coming months

Galway East TD Sean Canney received confirmation from the Department that the red brick building on Shop Street will retain the old Bank of Ireland name.

The Bank of Ireland was originally located at Shop Street in Tuam before moving to its current location at Dublin Road several decades ago.

The building on Shop Street was then occupied by the town library, which has since moved to the local Council offices, and now it is being renovated so that it can be occupied by the Department of Social Protection.

During the renovations of the old library building on Shop Street to make way for the new Intreo Centre, which brings together various social welfare services, the old stone carved sign was revealed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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