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Casting off for start of Seamount extension

The Minister of State for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD was in Kinvara on Friday turning the sod on an extension for Seamount College.The school that faced closure in recent years secured funding for the new buildings back in October. The project will incorporate a new science lab, a new technical graphics room, a new computer room, a music room and two general classrooms as well as upgrading parts of the present building.“This is an important milestone in the proud history of Seamount College,” said the Galway East TD and Junior Minister.“This new development will significantly enhance the facilities available to students and staff at Seamount College and will allow for even greater subject choice. I was delighted to be able to work closely with the principal and the board of management to make a strong case for the funds for this new development.“This is the single largest investment ever made by …

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Gort tunes up for Orchestra Festival

Musical and geographical borders will be crossed at next Sunday’s Coole Music Orchestra Festival, which takes place in Gort Community Centre from 1pm.Ten youth orchestras from North and South will be participating in the festival including the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra under the baton of Ken Jordan and from nearer to home, the Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Fleming. The award-winning Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1993 by Ken Jordan after a series of summer courses held in the Crescent arts Centre, Belfast. They have performed all over Northern Ireland and have also toured Austria, Holland, Germany, France and Belgium. The band has performed at the School Proms in 2000 and 2004 and in 2002, they won the BBC Radio 2 National Big Band Competition.The Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra was the first jazz orchestra to perform in the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall. It has performed a number of …

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Peter has a mountain to climb for Pieta

A GALWAY man is to climb the world’s highest mountain later this year in aid of Pieta House West. Peter O’Connell, from Killererin in Tuam, now plans to embark on an expedition to climb Mount Everest in April 2013. This entire expedition is self-funded and all funds raised will go directly to Pieta House West.

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