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Galway milliners fly high in Best Dressed competition at Ballybrit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway milliners have featured among the three winners of the best dressed competition at Ladies Day at the Galway Races in Ballybrit.
Suzie Mahony from Loughrea and Edel Ramberg from College Road in the city designed two of the winning creations.
A Clare-native, living in Cork, was named as the Best Dressed Lady at Ladies Day at the Galway Races.
Clare-native, Helen Murphy, who lives and teaches in Cork was announced as the Best Dressed Lady at the Anthony Ryan tent at Ballybrit in the past hour.
She wore a mint green midi-skirt and white top from Coast, accessorised with an Aisling Maher pearl necklace.
Her white disc hat is from hathire in Cork embellished with a Dunnes stores necklace.
After the 7th race today at 5.35 Helen Murphy will be presented with her prizes of a one-carat diamond pendant and matching diamond earrings valued at 8 and a half thousand euro.
She also receives a shopping spree worth 15 hundred euro at Anthony Ryans and one thousand euro in cash.
Also included in the prize bundle is a Lancome gift hamper worth 500 euro and a corporate hospitality package for the Galway Races October festival.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Best Hat competition is Paula Clancy from Inverin who wore a black beret creation by city milliner, Edel Ramberg.
The Chef Manager, who works at Cisco in Oranmore, wore a black beret, with goosefeathers imported from Italy designed in a floating fan.
She receives a 15 hundred euro Anthony Ryans voucher for her effort today.
The ‘Wear Irish’ competition winner is Emer Nash from Limerick wearing a Make & Tailor Dublin dress with a hat by Suzie Mahony from Loughrea.
The satin disc hat with sinamay twist complemented her Kate Middleton-inspired cream lace dress.
She wore gloves from Fabfillies.ie and Absolut jewellery and her grandmother’s handbag.
She will walk away with a 500 euro voucher for Anthony Ryans.

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Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.

It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.

Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.

In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.

This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.

Councillor Frank Fahey, who raised the issue at the meeting was told the Square may have to be closed off at night if the situation doesn’t improve – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Presentation Sisters Galway to build new convent in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Presentation Sisters Galway are to build a new convent in the city on Presentation Road

The two storey, 14 bedroom building will be located at the junction of the Eglinton Canal and the River Corrib, adjacent to Nuns’ Island, and behind the disused Presentation National School, which is a protected structure

The plans involve the relocation of the vehicle entrance beside St Joseph’s Church, another protected structure, as well as the demolition of some outbuildings and yard boundaries at the National School

The plans also include a lounge area, dining room, meeting room, reception, offices and an administrator’s apartment

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City-based e-learning business sold to UK firm for almost €30m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based e-learning business has been sold to a UK firm for almost €30m.

Essential Skillz, based at Galway Technology Park at Parkmore, has been acquired by London-based software firm Marlowe.

EssentialSkillz was founded in 2001 by husband and wife team, Tony and Michelle Dervan.

It offers over 70 e-learning courses that are focused on health and safety, business protection and well-being.

Under the deal worth €29.6m, EssentialSkillz says it will continue to operate as normal from the same location – and staff will remain unchanged.

According to the Irish Independent, the city firm currently has around 500 clients – including the Discovery Channel and breakfast cereal company Weetabix.

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