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Three enterprises share €4.6 million in funding

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Three Galway projects have received a €4.6 million boost in funding as part of the Government’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund.

The Burren Lowlands, Páirc na Mara in Cill Chiaráin and the Galway City Innovation District are all to get a cut of just over €29 million in funding allocated to 21 projects nationally.

In Cill Chiaráin, €2 million has been allocated for the development of Páirc na Mara, a marine innovation development centre that has the potential to create up to 200 jobs in the area.

The centre will provide 1,800 square metres of “enterprise and incubation space for marine enterprises” – drawing on collaboration with regional stakeholders and higher education institutes.

The Burren Lowlands, set up to develop the region of South Galway and North Clare, has received just over €182,000 in funding.

The project, which has been running since 2014, promotes Gort and its hinterlands as a destination for tourists and a location open to investment, while nurturing community spirit as one of its greatest assets.

For the past four years, the project has successfully driven collaboration between the community and enterprise, seeking to secure employment in the region that was severely hit by the recession.

Galway City Innovation District, located at the PorterShed behind Ceannt Station, has been allocated almost €2.5 million in funding.

The money will be used to refurbish the district’s Stables building and construct three new floors for co-working and event space.

Welcoming the announcement, TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton (FG) said the investment would expand and enhance the existing innovation district, and would support its forecasted creation of up to 3,500 jobs directly and indirectly by 2023.

“The Galway City Innovation District has been hugely important in fostering job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship in Galway and I am very pleased that the Government is in a position to continue its support in pursuing those aims.

“I have worked hard to secure that support and I will continue to do so because, ultimately, Galway will share in GCID’s success. It is an economic, entrepreneurial and technological engine at the heart of our city,” said Deputy Naughton.

This is the second round of funding as part of a €60 million allocation – with the Regional Enterprise Development Fund set to continue as part of Project Ireland 2040.

Announcing the successful applicants, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said the fund was crucial to ensuring a more balanced recovery.

“The Regional Enterprise Fund is about supporting every region to build on its unique strengths and ultimately create sustainable jobs. Collaboration is at its core – among the public and private sectors, within and across the regions.

“The projects we are funding today are at the cutting edge of innovation. I am confident that they have the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the enterprise development at both a regional and national level,” commented Minister Humphreys.

Western Regional Director of Enterprise Ireland, Barry Egan, said there was strong interest in the fund and the three Galway projects were picked from a total of 77 applicants.

“The successful applicants represent a broad range of projects across a variety of sectors including food, agri-tech and life sciences.

“Our aim is to build on a strong regional ecosystem to include a variety of companies and sectoral clusters with best in class physical and digital infrastructure and appropriate research and technology capability,” said Mr Egan.

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Clifden break new ground with a five-star final show

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Clifden's Gearoid King, who has Michael O'Toole in support, breaking out of defence against St Ronan's of Roscommon during Saturday's Connacht Club Junior Football Final at Hyde Park. Photos: Bernie O'Farrell.

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John McIntyre at Hyde Park

A lot can change in one year. Just ask the mould-breaking Clifden junior Gaelic footballers for confirmation.

In the space of 12 months, Galway’s most westerly Gaelic football bastion has gone from fighting relegation to being crowned Connacht champions.

It’s some turnaround in fortunes by any standards, and Clifden are not finished yet with an All-Ireland Club semi-final to look forward to in early January.

Having taken out highly-rated Islandeady of Mayo in the semi-final, suddenly the burden of favouritism for provincial glory fell on Clifden’s shoulders, but they made light of this new-found status at Hyde Park on Saturday.

Coming up against St Ronan’s of Roscommon – a club which was fighting for survival itself just five years ago – in the Connacht final, a progressive Clifden outfit carried too much firepower and quality for opponents who are based close to the Sligo border.

Having suffered defeat in the club’s two previous provincial final appearances – in 2006 and 2015 – Clifden were determined to make it third-time lucky and the fact their supporters rarely had cause for concern underlines how much they were in control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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An Spidéal raise their game after being hit by black card

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Kinvara full forward Joshua O’Connor is challenged by Liam Ó Fatharta and Eoin Ó Conghaile of An Spidéal during Saturday's County U19 B Football Final at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Iain McDonald.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

AN Spidéal claimed the county under 19 B football title on Saturday following an entertaining contest with North board winners Kinvara at Tuam Stadium.

The Connemara side were deserving winners on the day as they played the superior football for long spells. Nevertheless, they were well tested by a hard working Kinvara side, who produced a strong third quarter performance and took the lead in the 43rd minute.

An Spidéal weathered the storm however, to take control of the contest in the final quarter, scoring the final five points of the game to deservedly take the title.They displayed a greater ability to generate scores from play, which made all the difference in the end. An Spidéal’s tallied 1-6 from open play, while Kinvara were held to 0-3 by comparison.

Both sides deserve credit for serving up an entertaining spectacle in tricky conditions at Tuam Stadium. Kinvara played against the wind in the opening half but made a bright start when Oisín Ivers pointed from the right corner.

An Spidéal replied with their first score, which proved to be a major one. A strong run from Liam Ó Conghaile saw him break through Kinvara’s defence before firing a shot to the bottom corner past Shaun Philips.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A glimpse back to darker days when we turned on each other

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A photo taken in happier pre-civil war times on October 27, 1921, at the wedding of Kevin O’Higgins (centre) to Birdie Cole (centre front). O’Higgins is flanked to his right by Eamon de Valera and on his left by Rory O’Connor, the latter to be executed just over a year later on the orders of O’Higgins. Photo: Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of my regrets in childhood and younger life was that I never really got to know my ageing father. There was a rural way of life back through the 20th century where older farmers tended to marry younger women, one of the consequences being that by the time the youngest of the children had reached teenage years, their father would have slipped into old age.

It wasn’t all bad though and as a child, I’d hear first-hand stories of what times were like during The Troubles from the War of Independence through to the Civil War. My father wouldn’t always talk about it that often, but here and there, he’d mention tales of hiding behind walls when they’d hear the sound of Crossley Tenders – lightweight lorries which carried parties of Black-and-Tans across the country to ‘put manners’ on the restless natives.

Tales of guns and ambushes were quite frightening but also somewhat alluring yarns for a young lad of 11 or 12 summers as here and there, my father would mention that what followed on after the hated Black-and-Tans was even worse. He would recount tales from the Civil War and how even the closest of families were torn apart, depending on whether they were pro-Treaty or not.

He would point to a spot on a field where IRA members fired shots at the Free State-controlled railway station in Ballyglunin, or maybe a house where two brothers fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. As years passed, and elderly parents moved on, talks of the Tans and the Treaty faded, but of late with the 100th anniversary of so many awful events in 1922 now being recalled, curiosity again took hold.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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