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Galway International Arts Festival and NUIG agree new partnership

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A multi-year partnership has been agreed by Galway International Arts Festival and NUIG.
The collaboration aims to provide cultural and creative opportunities for students.
Galway International Arts Festival will work with NUIG on the development of a number of education initiatives which complement the existing suite of culture-related courses.
In addition, the university’s Alive programme will work with the festival to further develop the festival’s expanding volunteer programme as a best practice experience.
A formal arrangement will be put in place with the library to archive Galway International Arts Festival’s activities and Galway International Arts Festival will work with the university on the promotion of its new BA in Music programme.
The new partnership will also see greater ties between Galway International Arts Festival’s First Thought Talks programme and the University.
A new First Thought Talks event will be developed and delivered on campus during the 2018-2019 academic year, with a view to developing it as an annual event.
NUIG has acted as education partner for the festival since 2011.
The festival which concluded last evening reported record breaking attendance this year with over 252 thousand people across 200 events in 32 venues.

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Two men charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in Aughrim

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Two men in their 30s have been charged following the discovery of a cannabis grow house in County Galway.

Members of the Galway Divisional Drug Unit carried out a planned search of a home in Aughrim yesterday evening.

They discovered a grow house containing cannabis plants with an estimated street value of 146 thousand euro, and 20 thousand euro worth of cannabis herb.

Both men are due to appear before a special sitting of Galway District Court this evening.

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Plans lodged for minor housing development in Kilcolgan

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Plans have been lodged for a minor housing development in Kilcolgan.

The project, led by Joe McGrath, would see four two-storey detached homes built at a site on the L8563.

Planners are due to make a decision in March

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No prospect of development work on N59 in near future

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There is no further prospect of major development work on the N59 road between Maam Cross and Oughterard in the immediate future.

Development permission for this 15-kilometre section was given a decade ago, but talks and studies continue as to how the project should be completed.

The N59 in Connemara has often been described as the worst road in its category in Ireland.

Two lengthy public hearings took place in 2013 following which Bord Pleanála gave permission for the development of the 15-kilometer section of the N. 59 between Maam Cross and Oughterard.

However, there was a condition – work could not go ahead until the National Parks and Wildlife Service would be satisfied with the methods to be used by the Galway County Council in the construction process. This arose because of environmental issues.

A six-kilometre section east of Maam Cross passed the test some years ago and this upgraded road has attracted high praise from engineering organisations and a welcome in Connemara.

Now, ten years on from the planning process and permission, the remaining 9 kilometres between Maam Cross and Oughterard remain untouched while talks and studies continue.

The latest news on this long-running saga is that further ground studies and archaeological studies will take place in the coming months.

That is the situation a decade down the road.

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