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Permanent lace sculpture erected in Headford town

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- The new, permanent sculpture in St George’s Square in the centre of the town made of metal and lace is being well received

Lace Matrix was designed by internationally renowned artist Róisín de Buitléar in response to a commission from Headford Lace Project (HLP).

The project was funded by Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture and is one of the final projects to be completed in the Small Towns, Big Ideas strand.

The almost forgotten history of lacemaking in Headford came to light during a 2016 exhibition created by artist Selma Makela as part of The Nesting Lark, a pilot project for Small Towns, Big Ideas.

The aim of the commission was to create a permanent piece of public art to celebrate the heritage of bobbin lacemaking unique to the Headford area.

The distinctive heart shape of Lace Matrix is derived from a lace sample made by the modern day lacemaking community, based on the first uncovered lace sample attributed to Headford’s lace history.

Drawing on ideas from vernacular farm ironmongery Róisín worked with local blacksmiths Pat Monaghan and Simon Harte from the Forge Metalworks in Caherlistrane to create the framework.

The heart forms a frame, which, in the future can be filled with a pattern or design in different lace patterns.

Róisín and bobbin lace tutor Jackie Magnin worked together on the matrix of flowers and diamonds, scattered over a honeycomb pattern

You can check out Headford’s permanent lace sculpture on our website Galway Bay fm.ie

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5,622 new cases of Covid-19 are reported as number of patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19 falls below 500 for the first time in four weeks.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The number of patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19 has fallen below 500 for the first time in four weeks.

487 patients are being treated in hospital for the infection – 114 of whom are receiving intensive care, an increase of four on yesterday.

5,622 new cases of Covid-19 were reported today by the Department of Health.

The five-day moving average is now 4,894 – up from 4,691 yesterday.

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LISTEN: Minister welcomes launch of JAM card initiative by both NUI Galway and by Galway Public Libraries

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte T.D has welcomed the launch of the JAM card initiative  by NUI Galway and by Galway Public Libraries.

The initiative allows customers with a learning difficulty, autism or communication barriers to tell others they need ‘Just A Minute’ discreetly and easily.

It has been rolled out by NUI Galway on campus and by Galway Public Libraries in branches throughout the city and county.

The announcement from Galway Public Libraries makes them the first library authority in the West of Ireland to launch the initiative.

Bernie Kelly, city and county librarian explains how the JAM Card works:

The announcements from both NUI Galway and Galway Public Libraries have been welcomed by Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte T.D who said that this means a lot to a lot of people and was delighted it was happening in the west of Ireland.

For more information on the JAM Card© please visit https://tinyurl.com/Jamcardinfo

Niamh McGrath, NUI Galway Students’ Union Disability Rights Officer and Jam Card user, with Clodagh McGivern, NUI Galway SU Vice President/Education Officer, as the University announced the introduction of the JAM Card© initiative on campus for people with additional needs. Photos by Aengus McMahon.
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LISTEN: Galway Sports Club to become first in the country to develop gender specific changing areas

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The first in a series of fundraising events with a difference will take place tonight in Creggs.

The Rugby Club there are currently in the middle of a fundraising draw for their new facilities.

These facilities are specifically for female players of all sports who use the grounds in the Galway/Roscommon border village and will make it the first sporting development in the country to have female specific changing areas.

President of Creggs RFC is Aidan Farrell. He pointed out that it has only been realised in recent times that changing facilities had been designed with only male players in mind.

He started by saying that the facilities in Creggs are not just for Rugby.

The first draw will take place this evening at 8pm live on the Creggs RFC Facebook Page.

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