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Marking 100th birthday with a night on the dancefloor

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A sprightly centenarian enjoyed the party of a lifetime to mark her milestone birthday – tripping the light fantastic on the dancefloor with all four of her sons in turn!

Kathleen Fahy was also joined for her big day by her five daughters, a host of in-laws, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, family and friends.

Kathleen, from Sunhill, Menlough, travelled to Galway in a small convoy of family vintage cars, saluted on her way by an energetic bonfire at the ‘mountain gate’.

Chauffeured to the Ardilaun Hotel her Special Day, Kathleen was resplendent in her finest – a dusty pink brocade satin dress and jacket with bronze shoes and bag – to ensure she was the belle of the ball!

It was just another special occasion for the lady born in 1918, who has lived life to the full!

She worked hard but also found space and time to travel – making several trips to her family in New Jersey and Belgium.

Kathleen has always loved flying. She also travelled by Concorde to Paris, and she went to Australia at age 85.

And there’s no cure for that travel bug just yet either; last year she spent two weeks in Poland for her grandson’s wedding.

Her birthday formalities began with Mass, celebrated by former Menlough PP Fr John O’Gorman, assisted by Kathleen’s own great grandnephew Fr Daniel Gallagher.

Kathleen, who sings regularly with her local church choir really enjoyed the mass and joined in the singing.

Dinner with speeches and yarns and stories followed – and in the early evening, the band struck up and she enjoyed her ‘first dance’  with her sons and sons in law, each one intermittently tapping the other on the shoulder as an ‘excuse me’.

Through the evening she danced some more and in between was constantly engaged in chat as she enjoyed every glitter of the limelight.

By 2am, most of the guests had gone home so Kathleen retired upstairs to her room – for a cuppa before bed, and chat about the wonder and magnitude of the day that overwhelmed her with joy and enthusiasm.

She said she never expected ‘so much to be made of me’ – before retiring happily to bed after 3am!

Kathleen continues to enjoy a vibrant life with excellent health, sings in the choir weekly and goes on any outing that comes her way.

She especially enjoys her grandchildren and great grandchildren – and she has indeed made magic memories for all her family.

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NewDad enjoy fruit of their labour in debut EP

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NewDad....debut EP now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It is difficult to transcend a local music scene at the best of times – but the absence of live gigs (and the momentum they generate) has made the industry even less accessible for young bands…which is what makes the continued rise of Galway band NewDad all the more impressive.

Having cultivated an original, current brand of dreampop over several years, the four-piece have intensified their progress in the last twelve months with a string of successful singles.

Now receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6 and drawing comparisons to Mazzy Star and The Cure, it looks as though free gigs and bedroom recordings are becoming a thing of the not so distant past.

A polished, coherent body of work is on the horizon. NewDad recently finished recording their debut EP in Belfast and it is tentatively set for release later this year.

The group is comprised of vocalist & rhythm guitarist Julie Dawson, bassist Áindle O’Beirn, lead guitarist Sean O’Dowd and drummer Fiachra Parslow. With a keen interest in the production side of their work, the four were heavily involved in the studio process.

“We were recording for three days but we were there for five really,” Sean recalls. “We had the demos very good. It was all multitracked and that so there are bits from the demos that are staying in the finished thing.”

“Yeah and we spent the last month basically rinsing through the set over and over,” Áindle adds.

“They all kind of give off a similar vibe I suppose but they’ve been written at different points. One of the tracks is actually the second song we ever wrote from years ago. We’ve always got loads of songs going so we’ve just taken five that we think go really well together…

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Houses selling faster as more working from home

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Estate agent Kevin Burke: increased demand for properties with a home office.

The average time taken to sell a house in Galway has fallen by three weeks in the past three months, a national property survey has found.

The REA Average House Price Survey found that the average time taken to sell across the county fell over the past three months from 11 weeks to eight in the city, and 13 weeks to 10 in the county.

As people move to incorporate new working from home lifestyles, the price of the average three-bed semi-detached house rose by 0.5% in the city to €285,000 this quarter and remained at €165,000 in the county.

“The market is strong with good demand for all properties. Activity levels have increased throughout the summer, and rural properties within commuting distance of Galway are in good demand,” said Kevin Burke of REA McGreal Burke, which has offices in Galway City and Loughrea.

“Even though the levels of supply remained static, demand has increased for all properties with a home office or home office possibility such as a large garage, garden or attic which is suitable for conversion.

“Properties on the edge of the city have also proved popular, and everyone seems to have taken time to assess their current position.”

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CitySwift announces 50 new jobs for city as part of its major expansion

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the CitySwift jobs announcement with Brian O'Rourke and Alan Farrelly of CitySwift.

A Galway company, which produces cutting-edge technology to optimize the public transport experience for operators and customers alike, this week announced 50 new jobs over the next two years.

CitySwift, the transport data company which works with global players such as Go Ahead and National Express to transform the operations and passenger experience of public transport, announced the jobs for over the next two years – with 15 roles to be filled immediately.

The announcement comes after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty.

The new roles will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing.

As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway city centre.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the jobs announcement.

“Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable,” she said.

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