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On 8th, 9th and 10th of November 2013, the Loughrea Memorial Group in conjunction with Galway County Council will host a three day event of history, remembrance, and stories in Loughrea.

The weekend will begin in the County Council Offices in Barrack St on Friday the 8th of November at 4pm, where those with an interest in genealogy can meet consultants from The Ireland XO and East Galway Genealogy Centre. After there will be a cheese and wine get together in Loughrea Library, Church St. Representives from the National Museum and Bureau of Military History will be a hand to give advice.

Saturday 9th will be a day of history and remembrance in the Lough Rea Hotel with four speakers. Joe Loughnane will speak about “Private John Oliver: Reluctant Soldier Victim or Patriot”, while Brian Mc Gabhann will speak on “Renmore Barracks and the Connaught Rangers”. This will be followed Willie Henry’s lecture on “Galway Men in the Great War” and Billy Campbell will speak on “A Flawed Doctrine: The Descent into Stalemate on the Western Front in 1914”.

This will be followed by the unveiling of memorial plaque to Private John Oliver.

Sunday 10th will begin with a treasure hunt about town for children. A special remembrance mass at 12 midday in the Cathedral will honour the dead of all wars. After mass the annual local remembrance ceremony will take place at the memorial plaque at the County Council Offices, Barrack Street, Loughrea.

The project is intended to appeal to anyone with an interest in the forthcoming decade of commemoration 2013-2023 and to assist members of the public that may have a kindling of interest in such matters. Other project partners involved that weekend are the Loughrea Credit Union and the Loughrea BAFFLE group, and UN Veterans association.

The vent was launched recently by Cllr Liam Carroll, Mayor of the County of Galway at Galway County Council Office, Loughrea.

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L- r. Colman Shaughnessy (LMG) – Marie Mannion ( Heritage Officer- Galway County Council)- Liam Carroll ( Mayor of County Galway) – Joseph Loughnane (LMG)- Councillor Michael Maher

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For further details please contact one of the following committee members:

  • Colman Shaughnessy: email: shaughnessy@eircom.net
  • Joe Loughnane: email joeloughnane@gmail.com
  • Michael Maher: email mmaher@cllr.galwaycoco.ie phone 086 8109185
  • Marie Mannion: email mmannion@galwaycoco.ie phone 091 509198

Full programme of events Loughrea Remembrance brochure 2013

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Corrys Field Loughrea

The walk through Corry’s field runs along the lake shore and is c 15 acres of natural wetlands and meadow. It is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in all weather conditions. The area is filled with wild flowers and is a good vantage point for birdwatching.

Corry’s Park, Gort Road, Loughrea

Declan Corry of Corry’s Foodhall, Loughrea was announced as “Ready to Heat” Winner at the Speciality Foods Competition finals at the Food & Hospitality Ireland exhibition in the RDS Dublin recently.

The ACBI Speciality Foods Awards 2013, in association with Craft Butchers of Ireland and Manor Farm, is the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food in Ireland. The competition is a product evaluation event and an opportunity for members to get their homemade products assessed by a panel of expert tasters.

Corry’s Food Hall & Café is located at Station Road, Loughrea. As well as offering Ready to Heat Meals, they also offer a wide range of Deli, Bakery, Meat and Jams. Upstairs enjoy our Gourmet Café and Restaurant. They are opened Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Mike Denver Fundraising Dance takes place at the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa on Thursday, November 14th 2013.

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Doors 9pm, on stage at 10pm.

This is a fundraiser for Gaelscoil Riabhach. Tickets are €15.
€1000 worth of spot prizes.

Tickets available from reception at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, McCormacks Topaz, O’Reillys shop and the Gaelscoil, Loughrea.

Event location: Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Galway Road, Loughrea

Discover your Loughrea

The picturesque town of Loughrea is located in east County Galway, approximately 30km southeast of Galway City. Situated along the northern shore of Lough Rea, the thriving ‘town of the grey lake’, has a rich medieval history, and is regarded to date back to the 13th century, when the Anglo-Norman, Richard de Burgo, is reputed to have built Loughrea Castle.

Loughrea is perfect walking and cycling country, a great place for nature lovers. For sporting aficionados there are challenging golf courses, horse riding and karting. The Long Point swimming area on the Lake Road, a popular venue with locals and visitors, is equipped with changing rooms, ample parking and picnic areas. Lough Rea is one of the few inland lakes to receive European Blue Flag Status. Those who would prefer to stay on the water, rather than in it, can hire boats, while angling enthusiasts can avail of permits and fish for trout, perch and pike, stocked by the local Angling Association.

G.A.A. has a long history in Loughrea, dating back to the Association’s conception on August 15th 1884 when Michael Cusack, the founder of the G.A.A., met with a group of nationalists in John Sweeney’s house on Dunkellin Street, Loughrea (now the Ireland Reaching Out HQ) to discuss the foundation of a sporting and cultural organisation to protect and nurture Gaelic games and traditions.

BAFFLE Poetry Festival 2013

Since its inception in 1997 the BAFFLE Festival has fed on the rich history and lore of the local area. The focus of the theme was on particular episodes and characters attached to Loughrea. Over the years the BAFFLE Poetry Society have chosen themes connected with Oscar Wilde, Lola Montes, Charles Maturin, the Furey family, John Huston, Ju Be Fu, O’Hara Burke & Mike Farrell. This year they have chosen the title of one of Lady Gregory’s plays as our theme: ‘Spreading the News’.

BAFFLE Poetry Festival 2013 runs from October 25th-27th.

This year’s festival features Michael Harding, Geraldine Mills, Elaine Feeney, Joanna Hyde and Declan O’ Brien.

Friday 25th October

Wine and Cheese Reception. Reading with Michael Harding

  • Loughrea Library : 8pm
  • Admission : €10. Booking 087 6672292

Saturday 26th October

Writing Workshop with Geraldine Mills

  • ‘Silencing the Critic Within’, including information on how to get published.
  • Loughrea Hotel and Spa : 11.00am – 1.30pm
  • Fee : €10. Numbers limited. Booking essential. 086 0623497.
  • In association with Loughrea Creative Writing Group

Registration for poetry competition

  • O’Dea’s Hotel : 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Registration Fee : €5

Heats of the BAFFLE Poetry Competition

  • Harney’s Pub, Barrack St., and The Dust Inn, Main St. (upstairs) : 9pm

Sunday 27th October

Literary Brunch
Delicious food, literary quiz and reading from poet Elaine Feeney.

  • The Hungry Bookworm, Abbey Street : 12 noon – 2.30pm
  • Admission : €12
  • Sponsored by Poetry Ireland
  • Booking : 087 902 0523

Grand Finale of the BAFFLE Bard 2013 Competition
With MC Declan O’Brien, and music from Joanna Hyde.

  • Loughrea Hotel and Spa : 8pm
  • Admission : €10

Presentation of prizes, including the ‘BAFFLE Turnip’ to the BAFFLE Bard 2013 sponsored by Martin Fahy Menswear, and The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Sean Cleary and Son Engineering

25 New Jobs for Loughrea

25 new jobs are to be created in Loughrea by cleaning and facility management company Neylon Maintenance as part of a €1 million investment in a new software support centre.

Announcing the expansion plans, Neylon Maintenance Managing Director Sylvester Neylon said,

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Our decision to re-invest in Loughrea reflects our commitment to the local community and reflects the confidence we have in the quality of the workforce in East Galway. We have had major national and international interest in our new facility management software Flex FMS. We anticipate a huge demand for the software driven by organisations needs to deliver high standards of compliance in today’s regulatory and challenging economic environment.

Neylon Maintenance is the largest Irish owned supplier of facility management services to the private hospital sector, nursing homes, educational institutions and state bodies. The company provides services in cleaning, catering, security and landscaping. Headquartered in Loughrea, Neylon Maintenance currently employs 276 people nationwide.

Building work will commence on the new centre this week and recruitment for the new positions has already started with plans to grow the head count to a full complement of 25 people.

Website: www.neylonmaintenance.com

If you think you have what it takes, NMS want to hear from you. Call +353 91 8800764 or +353 1 6139900, or fill out an Application Form and upload your cover letter and CV.

Comedy Night 3 One Act Plays

Seumas O’Kelly Players are back with another laughter filled production which is sure to be as big a hit as “It runs in the Family” which had its audience in hysterics.

This October, Our Comedy Night contains 3 One Act Plays. Each one as funny as the other with a host of Loveable and roguish Characters. Thursday, 17th, Saturday, 19th & Sunday, 20th October 8.30pm at the Temperance Hall, Barrack Street, Loughrea

Enquiries contact: Martin on 087 7996020
Tickets are €8 in advance from T.L.O’Briens, Main Street, Loughrea. €10 on the door on the night.