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Family celebrate with one hundred and one year old Galway woman

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The family of a South Galway woman, who is one of the oldest in the county, will celebrate along with Julia Keely at her 101st birthday today (Sun 15) in Kilcolgan Nursing Home.
Julia, from Dunally, Peterswell has four sons, Bertie, Eamon, Matthew and Gerard, 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
She is still alert and in relatively good health and loves to see her sons and all members of her extended family.
According to her son Gerard she will be the centre of attraction at a birthday party attended by family members in Kilcolgan Nursing home later today (Sunday).
He says she worked hard on the family farm for most of her life and the fact that she never smoked may be one of the reasons for her longevity.
While Julia was not a drinker either she would, from time to time, enjoy a glass of Baily’s Cream, according to her family who are pleased to celebrate her 101st birthday with her today.

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Permission refused for extension to major solar farm in Claregalway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to extend a proposed major solar farm in Claregalway have been rejected by county planners.

The project would have seen a vast array of solar panels installed at a 25 hectare site at Ballymoneen.

Last year, permission was granted for a major solar farm at a site at Ballymoneen and Grange East that would span 141 hectares.

The as-of-yet unbuilt solar farm, led by Renewable Energy System Ltd, would be operational for 35 years.

The developer has since applied for a 25 hectare extension, involving five fields within three land parcels.

However, county planners have refused a grant of permission.

They weren’t satisfied that the proposed solar farm could be accessed and surface water disposed of adequately.

Planners found it would result in a substandard form of development and would endanger public safety due to traffic hazards.

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58% of people surveyed think Kylemore Abbey should be given official heritage status

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As National Heritage Week gets underway, a survey has found that 58 percent of people think Kylemore Abbey should be given official heritage status.

It would mean the site would have cultural, historical or scientific value officially attached to its name.

The popular Galway tourist attraction was included in the study which aimed to explore the importance of built heritage in Ireland.

The iReach study of over 1,000 respondents found that baby boomers especially appreciate the value of Kylemore Abbey, with 67 percent deeming it worthy of preservation.

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Galway county has second most primary pupils being taught through Irish

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway county has the second highest number of primary pupils being taught through Irish in the country.

CSO figures show nationwide there are more than 44,000 learning as Gaeilge.

However, there are 166 less children being taught as Gaeilge across the city and county this year compared to last year.

According to CSO figures, the county with the most amount of pupils being taught as Gaeilge is Cork, which has over 5,000.

While there are 44,138 primary pupils nationwide having their lessons taught through Irish.

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