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Former Galway footballer pulls out of local election bid

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Former Galway footballer Seán Ó Domhnaill will not be putting his name before the Connemara Fianna Fáil selection convention for local elections next Sunday.

O’ Domhnaill made the announcement a short time ago, citying personal reasons.

He confirmed he will be staying in the Fianna Fail party.

 

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International House Galway gone into liquidation with close to 200 international students affected

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It has been confirmed that International House Galway has closed its doors and gone into liquidation raising concerns for international students based in the City.

International House Galway is part of International House which offers courses in English and teaching English as a foreign language as well as mini-stay and summer programmes.

It is understood that as many as 200 students could be affected by this closure.

A letter released to partners from International House Galway and obtained by Galway Bay FM News announced the Liquidation and said that it has not been possible to generate enough sales income to cover the debts accrued as a result of the negative impact of Covid and to service the ongoing costs of the business.

The letter concluded by saying the directors are in the process of appointing liquidators and a meeting of creditors will then be called.

The Irish Council for International Students said it is “deeply concerned” about the “sudden closure” of IHG.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News CEO of Galway Cultural Institute David Niland explained that international students who have enrolled in International House Galway will be protected by protection of enrolled learners meaning they will be able to continue their studies elsewhere.

Laura Harmon, Executive Director of The Irish Council for International Students said while it is encouraging that students will be the opportunity to finish their studies in other schools, they are continuing to monitor the situation.

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Galway Arts Festival’s Paul Fahy receives top level French cultural award

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The director of the Galway International Arts Festival – Paul Fahy – has received a top level French cultural award

He was named as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a title granted to artists who promote French culture and heritage across the world.

The long established honour is in recognition of Paul’s significant work in the arts, the promotion of France-Ireland relations and the contribution of his work to the cultural influence of France in Ireland and beyond.

Previous recipients include actors Cate Blanchett, Jude Law and George Clooney; filmmaker Tim Burton; dancer Rudolf Nureyev; authors and Ireland’s Van Morrison, Neil Jordan and most recently Garry Hynes in 2022.

The ceremony took place at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin with Paul’s family and colleagues from the arts industry in attendance.

Paul Fahy says he’s thrilled and the award is an acknowledgment of the work he does with all arts organisations

Paul explains the similarities between France and Galway’s artistic cultures

Paul Fahy pictured with French Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Vincent Guérend.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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