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Galway couple turn stories for their own son into trilogy for children!

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John O'Connor and Carina Ginty with their two sons Cillian (6) and Breen (4) at the launch of Captain Cillian.

What happens when you combine salty old tales of the sea with a little bit of Irish and the adventures of a mini-maritime skipper? You get Captain Cillian – the brainchild of a Galway couple who combined fun with learning in a unique new trilogy of books and more.

Carina Ginty works in learning and teaching development in GMIT; her husband John O’Connor is a graphic designer – and the Cillian is their six year old who was a new-born when the concept first began to take root.

It finally came to fruition last week with the First Class pupils of Scoil Íde in Galway city helped launch the Captain Cillian collection – appropriately on the shores of Galway Bay off Salthill Prom.

In essence, it’s an ocean adventure book collection for children aged from three to nine.

Each story takes children on a journey of discovery where they will explore Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way, learn about ocean facts and key words in the Irish language.

And at the end of each story children will complete a quiz, puzzles and some creative playtime activities.

So while the young readers are enthralled by the little Irish explorer who sails around Ireland and the world, the books most definitely have education – as well as entertainment – in mind.

“The idea of Captain Cillian started back in 2008, when I was undertaking a PhD in GMIT examining the value of marine tourism in Ireland and how we engage children from an early age with the sea. Together with my husband John, who is a very creative graphic designer, the Captain Cillian character came to life,” explains Carina.

The books are suitable for home play activities and bedtime reading – but the collection is also a great teaching resource for the classroom, with four key learning themes centring on exploring Ireland; ocean facts, learning Irish, and how to create and play.

Carina works in learning and teaching development in GMIT and prior to this worked in marketing roles for technology companies, while John works with Proactive Design & Marketing in Galway.

Carina loves the sea, travelling and developing educational resources and John loves running along Galway Bay and bringing ideas to life through design.

“Together as a team and under the guidance of our two sons Cillian (6) and Breen (4) we created Captain Cillian. After many cups of tea, consultations with advisors, long walks on the famous Salthill Prom, Captain Cillian’s ship finally set sail in October 2015!” says Carina.

Captain Cillian was a natural choice of name as the couple’s first son is called Cillian who was born at Christmas 2008.

“We felt it was a great Irish name that would travel well and being a Captain of a ship, it also connects with ocean explorations and discovery. What makes the Captain Cillian book collection unique is the fact he is a young Irish ocean explorer with an Irish identifiable brand that will appeal to national and international audiences with connections to Ireland,” she adds.

Captain Cillian adventure books are priced at €6.99 each or the Adventure Pack or Birthday Gift Pack is currently selling for €25, including shipping worldwide.

“Alternatively clubs or schools can avail of the Captain Cillian fundraising programme during the year, where we will donate 20% of sales proceeds back to the participating organisations from purchases made.

“Funds raised could be used to buy equipment, technology devices, arts and craft supplies, painting or decorating, or pay for class tours or adventures. The process is easy and school or club orders can be placed by contacting hello@captaincillian.com,” says Carina.

The Captain Cillian learning adventure books are currently available to buy online at www.captaincillian.com. Plans are also progressing to place the book collection in retail outlets and visitor centres.

 

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Two arrested following taxi hijacking in Galway

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Gardaí have arrested two men following the hijacking of a taxi in Co Galway last night.

Shortly before midnight, Gardaí received a report that two men who were passengers in a taxi had attacked the driver and stole his vehicle.

The driver was ejected from the car on the M18 motorway.

Gardaí were alerted and observed the car in Claregalway.

A managed containment operation to ‘block in’ the taxi was put in place with assistance from the armed Regional Support Unit.

The car was brought to a stop on Bothar na dTreabh and two men fled on foot. The two men, one in his mid-20s and the other in his early-30s, were subsequently arrested.

They are currently detained at Garda HQ in Renmore under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

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Small shops fight back in store wars

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Caroline McCarthy

A popular city boutique has threatened to re-open in breach of Covid-19 restrictions – to highlight the unfairness of supermarkets selling so-called ‘non-essential’ goods.

The proprietor of Lanidor on Eyre Street said she is ‘taking a stand’, and has urged all retailers to follow suit, unless the authorities crack-down on those bending the rules.

“This stuff about ‘oh we’re all in it together’ is a load of rubbish,” fumed Caroline McCarthy, who said the multiples were ignoring restrictions while independent retailers remain shuttered.

She said all non-essential retail should be open, or none, but the current situation was “discriminatory”.

“I’ve had it at this stage. I’ve lost it. I can’t put up with this anymore. On a point of principle and on a practical level, someone has to do something about it. It’s not that we want to open.

“We have adhered to every single one of the regulations. But we are making a stand now. We will go ahead and open, at a date to be announced, if they are not shut down. And we would call on retailers across the country to do the same,” she said.

Under public health guidelines only ‘essential’ retail outlets are permitted to open. They are not permitted to sell ‘non-essential’ goods during Level 5. This is to stop people congregating and browsing in order to limit the spread of the virus.

But large retailers such as Dunnes Stores and Marks and Spencer stand accused of selling ‘non-essential’ clothing during the pandemic, even though clothes shops should be closed.

Galway Gardaí visited stores last weekend on foot of a complaint.

A spokesperson for M&S said it was following the guidelines but the tills in its Galway store’s clothing section was staffed on Saturday.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Vaccine roll-out stalls after advice

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Staff from the Paediatric Department at UHG (from left) Mary Scally, Clinical Nurse Manager 1; Cecily Cassidy, Clinical Nurse Manager 2; and Lisa Porter, Play Specialist with shadowbox theatres and accompanying tote bags which are being shared with children in hospital during April as part of an Arts and Health project for Galway 2020 called A Bird at My Window and Other Stories.

The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine programme in Galway has stalled due to updated advice on the AstraZeneca jab.

Operations at the mass vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit were  suspended Tuesday, for the remainder of this week at least, to allow the HSE to ‘reconfigure’ its roll-out plan following the new guidance.

The European Medical Agency safety committee concluded that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects of AstraZeneca.

National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) then issued revised recommendations for its use, including not administering it to people under 60.

For people who have already received their first dose, NIAC said people aged 60 and older should continue to receive their second dose, as should those under 60 with underlying conditions.

Those under 60 without underlying health conditions – mostly healthcare staff – should have an extended period between the first and second dose, “to allow for further assessment of the benefits and risks as more evidence becomes available”.

Anyone who develops unusual blood clots with low platelets after the first dose should not take the second.

HSE West said vaccination clinics for the over-60s proceeded as planned; it would not say how many people had their vaccination jabs cancelled at Ballybrit.

“Everyone scheduled to get their vaccine at Ballybrit vaccination centre this week has been contacted,” a spokesperson said.

“The HSE is actively looking at the implications of the updated NIAC recommendations for the vaccine roll-out and the implementation of the programme. On receipt of national guidance we will recommence scheduling of vaccines at the Ballybrit vaccination centre.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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