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Voting for Galway island communities to commence tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s island communities will go to the polls for the local and European elections tomorrow. (22/5)
There are 651 people registered to vote on Inis Mór, 203 on Inis Oirr, and 158 on Inis Meain – while Inishbofin has an electorate of 168.
Polling stations on the Aran Islands and Inishbofin will open to the 1,180 registered voters at 7am, and will remain open until 10 o’clock tomorrow night.

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58% of people surveyed think Kylemore Abbey should be given official heritage status

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As National Heritage Week gets underway, a survey has found that 58 percent of people think Kylemore Abbey should be given official heritage status.

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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Galway county has second most primary pupils being taught through Irish

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway county has the second highest number of primary pupils being taught through Irish in the country.

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.

According to CSO figures, the county with the most amount of pupils being taught as Gaeilge is Cork, which has over 5,000.

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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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Kylemore Abbey in Galway has been voted by 58% of Irish people to be given official heritage status.

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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