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Thousands set to flock to castle for Garden Festival

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Elke Stillman, Galway Simon Community, at Claregalway Castle for the launch of last year's Galway Garden Festival.

An eclectic mix of specialist botany talks, plant stalls and whacky entertainment will return for the sixth annual Galway Garden Festival at the stunning Claregalway Castle.

Climate change, food safety, sustainable gardening and sustainable living, as well as creating beautiful gardens, are the themes of this year’s event, taking place on the first weekend of July.

As usual this festival is designed to entertain young and old and ignite interest in the keenest gardeners as well as those without the slightest green thumb.

The castle’s owner, Eamonn O’Donoghue, looks after the entertainment aspect of the Festival while his Cork-based sister Pádraigín is responsible for the things botanical.

Last year an estimated 3,500 people attended on each day.

A definite highlight of the two days will be a reading by the poet, essayist and memoirist John Montague on Saturday evening, July 4, preceded by a reception and performance by the RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet.

Author and gardener Alice Taylor will kick off Saturday’s events with her talk called The Gift of a Garden.

Physician and herbalist Dr Dilis Clare will then teach people how to grow their own drugs.

Kitty Scully, environmentalist and head kitchen gardener at Dublin’s Airfield Estate will discuss both pretty and productive gardening, while plant collector and garden designer Carl Wright of the Burren’s Caher Bridge Garden will give his 12 best plants for the year.

On Sunday, Botanic artist and author Jane Stark will speak on art inspired by the garden, while climatologist and deputy head of forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack will explain the wonders of meteorology.

Head gardener at Kylemore Abbey Enya Gohlke will discuss the resurrection of the main garden at Kylemore and give insights for gardeners living on the western seaboard.

Talks will conclude with a panel discussion chaired by garden designer, organic expert and author Klaus Laitenberger to mark 2015 as International year of Soils.

Free musical events at this year’s festival include a concert from St Patrick’s Brass Band from 2-3.30pm on Saturday.

There will also be performances by the University Hospital Choir and Silvermoon Jazz ensemble. Tickets for the 5pm concert by the RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet cost €15.

On Sunday, July 5, Sonic Strings from Gort will perform at 1pm followed by a concert by The Army Band of 2nd Command from 2-3.30pm. Other bands include the Baytones, ‘Stride’ O’Brien, Silvermoon Jazz ensemble and the unique Troubadour Mules.

Kids will love the Tommy Bakers Puppets as well as The Gombeens, who make a welcome return with their brand of mayhem and anarchy. The fabulous Fanzini Brothers and friends will do a world preview of their new show, Circus Jukebox, on both days.

Local craft workers and food makers will have their work showcased in the Made in Galway tent while nurseries and garden suppliers from across Ireland will offer a range of plants, trees, seeds, garden furniture, and equipment.

The Claregalway Botanical Art Expo will feature Ireland’s foremost botanical artists. Birdwatch Ireland and the Green Sod Land Trust will be manning stalls.

A free return courtesy bus will run from Ceannt Railway Station to Claregalway Castle daily, starting at 10.30am and running hourly from then on.

Free parking facilities are also available.

All gate profits go to Christian Blind Mission, The Galway Simon Community and the Claregalway Day Care Centre. Entry is €8 and children go free. Further information at www.galwaygardenfestival.com

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Celebrations to forge new links

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Ester Kiely, Eilís Ní Dhonncha and Gráinne Ní Bhroin from Headford Lace Project at the launch of Corrib Beo’s programme of Heritage Week events, ‘Connecting Corrib Communities’ at Claregalway Castle. Photo: Brian Harding.

Lifestyle – An initiative involving community groups from around the Corrib has been launched for Heritage Week, with events taking place to showcase the area’s many riches, while also creating new connections among organisations. JUDY MURPHY hears from some of the groups involved.

”Ní neart go cur le chéile,” says Eilís Nic Dhonncha of the Headford Lace Project as she quotes the old Irish proverb about strength in togetherness to describe a new initiative which involves 13 communities around the Corrib, lake and river.

Linking Corrib Communities is running as part of Heritage Week and involves people from different communities showcasing their local heritage while also working to develop closer ties with each other.

The initiative, organised by the voluntary umbrella group Corrib Beo, was launched in Claregalway Castle on Tuesday at an event attended by people from all around Lough Corrib, including Fine Gael Senator, Seán Kyne (Moycullen), and Cllr Frank Fahy (Menlo).

But most of all, this was an occasion for people involved in the historic, cultural and leisure life of their local communities, and among the highlights was a demonstration of bobbin lacemaking from members of the Headford Lace Project, in the castle.

The Headford group came into being in 2016 to revive a craft that had been synonymous with the area from the mid-1700s to the early 1900s – census returns from 1911 show it was still alive in that year – but which died out as machines took over the highly-skilled work, practised for so long by local women.

It had almost been forgotten by 2016 when the Headford Lace Project was created as part of the Small Town Big Ideas for Galway 2020. Since then, the group has done extraordinary work to research and revive this unique heritage. So much so that Headford Lace was last year granted UNESCO status, being placed on Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage, up there alongside hurling.

Eilís and fellow project member, Ger Henry Hassett explain that people don’t need to be skilled at bobbin-work to get involved in the Headford Lace Project. While it’s a particularly intricate style of lacemaking, many other initiatives have taken place in the town, including one that involved local blacksmiths,  Pat Monaghan and Simon Harte, working with artist Róisín de Butléar to create a sculpture representing the tradition, located in the town’s square. There’s also ongoing research – a huge part of the project.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Vitamin D and good postural balance may help as we age

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Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Having just turned 50 aging is particularly on my mind this month. So two recent studies about aging peaked my interest which are worth sharing. The first is a study from the University of South Australia and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It is based on data from 294,514 participants from the UK Biobank, a biomedical database with half a million British participants.

Scientists found that in some populations, up to 17 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented simply by raising people’s vitamin D in the blood to 50 nmol/L, which is considered to be the normal level.

Dementia affects over 55 million people worldwide and every year 10 million new cases are diagnosed so the implications could be huge.

It is the first time the impact of very low levels of vitamin D are examined on the risks of dementia and stroke by using genetic analyses among a large study population.

There is widespread vitamin D deficiency among people worldwide, even in sunny regions where sun awareness campaigns, indoor living and other factors contribute to the low vitamin D levels,

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway In Days Gone By

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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