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Film festival to tackle African stereotypes

THIS weekend, the Galway One World Centre will host the sixth Galway African Film Festival (GAFF).Kinvara-resident Trisha Buddin is one of the organisers and has been involved in the festival since the beginning. The festival will present a series of contemporary African feature films, shorts and documentaries, all of which will be free of charge.

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Cultural centre mooted for Thoor Ballylee

  Fáilte Ireland will not make any further investment in Yeats’ Tower at Thoor Ballylee, the Seanad was told in recent days, because the number of visitors looking for information when the house was open “was too small to justify spending scarce resources on reopening it as a tourist information office”. The future of the historical landmark could be as part of a cultural and heritage centre, according to Senator Lorraine Higgins. The Seanad was told that Minister Leo Varadkar raised this possibility with Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan.Senator Higgins outlined to the Seanad details of the East Galway landmark and its importance from an historical, recreational and cultural perspective to the people of Kiltartan and Gort. “In 1965 for the centenary of Yeats’ birth, Ballylee was fully restored by the Kiltartan Society replete with a collection of first editions and items of furniture. The adjoining cottage was a tea room and shop. However, following the flooding of the Cloon River …

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Ballybrit to host another papal visit?

A SOUTH Galway councillor is still waiting for white smoke, following his request to issue an open invitation to newly-elected Pope Francis to visit Galway.It may take a few weeks before Galway County Council gets an official response to its request for the new Pope to ensure Ballybrit racecourse will again be the location for a papal visit – 24 years after an estimated 280,000 packed the same venue to see Pope John Paul II’s visit on September 30, 1979.However, Councillor Michael Fahy was very quick off the starting blocks at a recent county council meeting, when he proposed that an invitation should be extended to Pope Francis to visit Galway. The proposal was passed at the meeting.He made the plea in view of the strong connection formed by the people of Galway with the papacy arising from the historic 1979 visit. Having joined the thousands of people at Ballybrit racecourse that day, Councillor Fahy noted the young people who …

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‘Coherent plan’ sought for post office network

AN East Galway TD is to raise concerns with the Ministers for Communications and for Social Protection, calling for a “coherent plan” for the future of the post office network.Reports in the media over the weekend have indicated that changes to payment methods by the Department of Social Protection could result in the closure of up to 400 rural post offices.The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) have indicated they have no objection to people being given the option of receiving payments electronically but they believe people should still have the option of collecting them from their local post office, if they wish.Any move to make all payments electronic would result, the IPU claim, in a catastrophic drop in the earnings of rural postmasters and make many rural post offices no longer viable.“It is critical that in dealing with our current fiscal difficulties that we remember that the calculation of the cost of any reforms must include social or environmental costs. In …

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