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Gathering gets started in Ardrahan

Communities around the country are preparing for The Gathering 2013 and one South Galway village is off to a great start. Ardrahan is expecting 19 members of one family from the United States to descend on it over the summer but organisers are hoping to attract even more of the village’s diaspora home for its Gathering events in June.A group of local people have put together a programme for the weekend of June 21 including a welcoming concert, golf outing, parish tour and a GAA event. The weekend culminates in the annual vintage day in Labane on Sunday, June 23. “The event is to be a celebration of all that is good about the local community and anyone with a connection with the parish is invited to attend. in fact, a call has been put out to all in the parish to reach out to family and friends both near and far inviting them to return to Ardrahan for an …

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€300,000 available for community schemes

A meeting will be held in South Galway for people interested in applying for the Community Support Scheme with a fund of €300,000.Galway County Council recently announced that funding is available for community enterprise facilities or services, community events, shows and festivals, improvements to community facilities, tidy town initiatives, social inclusion type initiatives and initiatives to increase participation in sport or physical activity.Also included in the scheme is support for arts and cultural activities for community groups and professional arts organisations and heritage funding for schools and community groups. Individual Artist Bursary Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency Awards are also available.The scheme was launched by the Mayor of County Galway Councillor Thomas Welby in Coole Park at the weekend. “Galway County Council is committed to supporting communities. With the great voluntary work that happens in communities, these funding supports can go a long way,” he said.“Despite budget cuts, Galway County Council is committed to working with and supporting our communities. …

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