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Intrepid duo translate Famous Five into Irish

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Raidio na Gaeltachta broadcasters Máirín Ní Ghadhra and Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairis are delighted with the positive response to their Irish language translation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five short stories, An Cúigear Cróga.

By Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

A gap in the market in the range of Irish language books for pre-teens has led to two mothers translating some of the classic Famous Five series by Enid Blyton.

The Irish language books, An Cúigear Cróga, published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, which were launched only two weeks ago have already been critically acclaimed — and probably more importantly are proving to be a hit with the youngsters.

Bosom buddies since childhood, Máirín Ní Ghadhra and Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairisg, who work together as broadcasters in RTE’s Raidió na Gaeltachta enjoyed translating the eight books and haven’t ruled out doing more of Enid Blyton’s book if asked to do so by the publisher.

Máirín, the mother of two girls aged 9 and 7, was fed up trying to find age-appropriate books for her daughters in Irish at the library.

One day she spoke to the librarian who suggested she translate them herself.

“And that’s exactly what I did. I knew Gormfhlaith had the same problem, so we spoke to the publishers who were very open to the idea. We split up the number of books and in just over a year we are happy to see them in the shops,” Máirín explains.

Both women say the job was enjoyable. Máirín hand-wrote the translation of four of the books before typing them. Neither woman conferred with one another or read each other’s drafts but both their translating styles are similar.

Gormfhlaith explains that while they work together at RnaG, they don’t usually have the time to chat and both live busy lives outside of work.

She has four children aged, 13, 11, 8 and 4, three boys and a girl, who’s the eldest.

“If there are Irish books available for Irish speaking children, they will read them, but they have to be suitable and age-appropriate. Children love plot-driven books and The Famous Five are a great example.

“I have read Irish version of The Hobbit with my children but when they wanted to read the follow up Lord of the Ring books, they weren’t (and still aren’t) available, so I started reading them, translating as I went along. I managed two chapters, maybe, and had to give up as it was too much of a challenge,” she said.

Both women agree that there are plenty of baby and pre-school books available in Irish, as well as young adult fiction but there’s very little in the 8- to 12-year-old market.

Their books are aimed at fluent Irish speakers aged 8-10 and are suitable for those up to the age of 12 who have less Irish.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Outdoor dining plans unveiled for Galway City

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A new plan to temporarily pedestrianise city streets to create more space for outdoor dining this summer was published this week.

Galway City Council has said it is planning to close six streets for four months to boost the hospitality sector and attract more custom ‘back the West’ and to Woodquay.

It has also signalled smaller changes for Salthill and around Eyre Square.

“We’re looking to support businesses and people getting back to work. This is an opportunity for us to explore outdoor dining and we’re looking to trial these public realm initiatives,” Ruairí Lehmann, the City Council’s Tourism Officer told the Galway City Tribune.

“There is an appetite for this; the indications we have from Government is it is going to be an outdoor summer and these proposals will support that,” he added.

Chairperson of Galway Branch of VFI, Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar on Dominick Street, said the changes would be very positive and boost hospitality businesses in all areas.

Already, he said as many as 30 businesses have applied for licences to trade outside in the area known as the Westend.

The local authority wants to close to traffic The Small Crane and Raven Terrace 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from June 7 until September 30. Car parking spaces will be removed from Small Crane and one lane of traffic would be kept open, one-way. A decision on which side is still under review.

The Council intends to make Dominick Street Lower (Galway Arms to Monroe’s) a single-lane one-way traffic street to facilitate additional on-street dining. It’s understood this has hasn’t yet got the backing of taxi drivers who have concerns about access to and from the Bridge Street rank but alternative taxi space may be offered at another location in the Westend to assuage those fears.

The Council has signalled its intention to close Dominick Street Upper and William Street West from Small Crane to Munster Avenue, at night only, between 6pm and 11pm, from Monday June 7 until Thursday September 30.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story and for full details of the proposals for the city centre and Salthill, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Council chief backs Salthill tidal pools proposal

Stephen Corrigan

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Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The Council is to consider including a specific objective to restore the tidal pools in Salthill in the new City Development Plan – with around one-fifth of the submissions made in a public consultation backing this ‘no-brainer’ proposal.

In a report to councillors on submissions received, Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said consideration of the proposal would be based on technical feasibility, funding, staff resources, climate change considerations and environmental factors.

“A large number of submissions were received requesting the restoration of the tidal pools in Salthill as a year-round public amenity and recreation facility accessible to all. The restoration of this facility would be a huge asset to the city and complement the existing facilities that are available at Salthill,” Mr McGrath states in the document seen by the Galway City Tribune.

Support for the reviving of the Ladies’ Beach facility grew legs after an online petition attracted over 4,500 signatures.

Up to 100 of the 518 submissions made to the Council’s pre-draft consultation supported reopening the pools that have been out of action since the late 1970s.

(Photo: How the pools might look. Image Courtesy of Superfly Ireland)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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GMIT in €9m bid for Galwegians’ Glenina grounds

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – GMIT has put in an offer – rumoured to be in the region of €9million – for the purchase of Galwegians RFC’s grounds at Glenina, the Galway City Tribune understands.

The offer will be presented for a vote at a Special General Meeting of club members set to take place on May 27.

The land at Crowley Park, located just two minutes’ walk from GMIT, had been earmarked for housing by property developer Neil Armstrong, and is zoned residential. However, this deal fell through.

A GMIT spokesperson told the Galway City Tribune they were “not yet in a position to comment”, while a spokesperson for Galwegians declined to comment.

It is understood that staff at GMIT were informed by the institution’s Vice President of Finance at a meeting this week that the ‘deal was done’ and that they awaited the rugby club’s signing off at its members’ meeting later in the month.

The sale would clear the way for the club to proceed with plans to develop a 22-acre site at Boleynasruhaun, Oranswell, where it is expected to make a second planning application after the County Council raised concerns over the scale of the development proposed initially.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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