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Tuam and Loughrea Town Councils hold final meetings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The final meetings of Tuam and Loughrea Town Councils took place last night.(12/5)
Town authorities are being disbanded across the country as city and county councils are to be expanded.
County Manager, Martina Maloney attended the final meeting of Loughrea Town Council, which has been the governing body of the town since 1861.
Director of Services, Jim Cullen, thanked all the councillors and staff for their dedication over the years and said very few towns in Co. Galway were as well catered for, thanks to the Town Council.
Meanwhile, nostalgic memories, good humoured banter and criticism of Minister Phil Hogan marked the disbandment of Tuam Town Council last night.
All Tuam Town Councillors said they had benefited from their years on the board and they felt they had – even with little resources -delivered a service to the people of the town.
Some members of previous boards and some former officials were at the final meeting and Acting Town Manager Liam Gavin praised the members, past and present who worked tirelessly for the town.
Mayor Imelda Kelly read a lengthy address and most members were critical of Minister Phil Hogan for disbanding town councils.
Cllr Paul O’Grady said he had reservations about the changes and he felt that Minister Hogan could now “swan off to Europe” while town boards had been pulled apart.
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58% of people surveyed think Kylemore Abbey should be given official heritage status

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It would mean the site would have cultural, historical or scientific value officially attached to its name.

The popular Galway tourist attraction was included in the study which aimed to explore the importance of built heritage in Ireland.

The iReach study of over 1,000 respondents found that baby boomers especially appreciate the value of Kylemore Abbey, with 67 percent deeming it worthy of preservation.

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CSO figures show nationwide there are more than 44,000 learning as Gaeilge.

However, there are 166 less children being taught as Gaeilge across the city and county this year compared to last year.

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While there are 44,138 primary pupils nationwide having their lessons taught through Irish.

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Kylemore Abbey voted by 58% to be given official heritage status

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However, the number was higher among those aged 55+, with 67% of baby boomers believing its worthy of preservation.

The research conducted by iReach of over 1,000 respondents, was commissioned by Ecclesiatical Insurance to mark National Heritage Week.

Official heritage status would mean the site would have cultural, historical or scientific value officially attached to its name.

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