It is common to hear people playing instruments or singing in the streets of Galway when a ray of sunshine appears and that is a part of the city life and culture.
Some residents complained about buskers and the high noise made by their performances.
That’s why the City Council of Galway suggested establishing a code of conduct to be followed by the buskers. Actually, the complaint was more about equipment as amplifiers. With that code of conduct this material would be forbidden and if someone will ask a busker to lower the volume, the artist will have to. Moreover, a performance won’t exceed 2 hours.
After a trial period of one year the City Council will decide if a by-law will be set up and that is what the businesses owners in Galway are asking for.
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Recall the best Christmas memories of your life: guess the present and tag a friend to help Pixel Santa with his list. For whom is this present from your childhood?
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- The competition is open to entrants aged 18 and over, both to EazyCity clients and non EazyCity clients.
- Entrants shall be deemed to have accepted all terms and conditions.
- Employees of EazyCity and/or their families are not eligible to enter
- To enter the competition, the entrant should write a comment below the picture, trying to guess the Christmas present that is broken up in pixel. Additionally, the entrant has to tag a friend.
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Very good news for the Irish economy as IBM continues to invest and create 110 jobs in data analytics and data science, big data for IBM Smarter Workforce. IBM has been in Ireland since 1956 and currently employs 3,000 people today.
These new jobs will be created in software engineering. Big Data and new technologies are the key focus of Ireland’s investment policy. Ireland continues to increase expansion in this sector compared to others countries. Recruitment is expected to start in the coming weeks.
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The Galway Oyster & Seafood festival is back: form the 25th to the 27th of September Galway will welcome visitors and foodies interested in trying the best products that the Atlantic offers.
The program is packed with events and activities for all the family, but the most interesting night will be on Saturday 26th, when three major events will take place.
- World Oyster Opening Championship. The best oyster openers will arrive in Galway from all around the world to crown their champion.
- Silent disco Ball. Prepare to dance in the most silent Disco you ever been: you’ll be the only one listening to your music, using a pair of headphones. The event is strictly over 25’s
- Masquerade Mardi Gras. A carnival style dinner party, where partygoers can enjoy delicacies while concerning their identities behind a mask.
The Aran Islands are an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, on the mouth of Galway Bay. The three islands are reachable thanks to a ferry service that leaves daily from various towns in Connemara and thanks to some daily flights.
Aer Arann was the company that has provided the plane service from Inverin to the Islands for the last 45 years. The company has recently lost the tender for the service for the next 4 years, to the helicopter company Executive Helicopters.
The inhabitants of the islands didn’t react well to the news: the main concerns are about the future of the employees of Aer Arann and about the change from a fixed winged aircraft to helicopters.
On top of it, Executive Helicopters plans to fly from Galway Airport in Carnmore, near Galway City and around 50 km from Rossaveal port, where the ferry from the islands leaves.
Moving the service from Inverin to Galway means that in case the scheduled flight is cancelled, the passengers would have to drive for an hour to reach the nearest ferry.
It has been reported that the winner of the tender has been announced before Executive Helicopters signed the contract with Galway Airport, and there’s still no certainty if the service will fly from Carnmore.
A special meeting of Galway County Council is scheduled for next week, to discuss the contract and the future of the aircraft service for Aran Islands.
Supermac’s is a famous fast food chain that employs more than 3000 people. They want to open a new plaza on the M6 motorway to provide any service to the drivers who travel between Galway and Dublin. The site will be easily accessible to traffic traveling east and west.
The fast food outlet is about to employ around 220 new people in the near future. Moreover they are planning to open three other new plazas in the next years. The plaza will cost around €8 million and it is expected to open at the beginning of 2016.
If you are interested, more details are available on the Supermac’s official website.
Recently, the good news of employment has come from Galway.
Indeed, the company Industrial Info Resources (IIR), who is a market intelligence company, want to create the new positions for the future. This company is focused in market research, on the industrial processing, heavy manufacturing and energy related industries worldwide.
The aim is to double its team since its implantation in Galway in 2010. This news has been announced by Ed Lewis, the CEO of IIR. Ged Nash, the Minister for Business & Employment had opened with Ed Lewis, the new office two months ago for this opportunity. The jobs will be created during the next five years. In final, 50 new positions will be created. If you want to have more details, you can visit their official website for the positions that will be on offer.
Galway City Harriers, founded in 1899, is an athletics club located in Galway catering for senior and juvenile athletes.
Every year, they organize an 8km road race. This year, on the 8th of August, they will celebrate the 30th year of the event. The run is going to start at 7 pm at the Claddagh. The itinerary goes through the town centre, culminates in a 2km section along the promenade at Salthill and finishes at the Claddagh basin.
The race attracts runners of all standards and ages from all over Ireland and abroad. Their goal is to expand sport to every people: their motto is “run for all”.
In order to get everyone around the course with minimal obstruction, a large number of marshals are needed. They want to ensure to have a safe and speedy passage for everyone by having plenty of marshals at key points. No experience necessary, they just ask to have all marshals together for a race briefing before the race at 5pm. The event will finish around 9pm. Marshals will keep the race route clear and direct competitors on the course.For more information, please visit the Galway Volunteer Centre webpage.
Harry Potter Convention next week in Galway
The Galway Potterfest 2015 ( a huge Harry Potter fans convention) will be held just in advance of St Patricks Day. The event will take place in University of Ireland in Galway for an entire weekend between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th.
There will be many activities linked to Harry Potter’s universe like Quidditch games, Wizardry courses, Degustation’s, Cosplay and panel discussions about many subjects. Prices are really affordable: 10€ for one day and 15 € for the entire weekend.
If you’re interested and if you’re looking for more information, please check the event website.
Apple has planned to invest 1,7 billions $ in the construction of the two first datacentres in Europe, one in Galway and one in Jutland (Denmark). This datacentre in Galway will welcome iTunes, Appstore, iMessage, Plans and Siri’s offices for European customers.
Both centres should be sized of 166.000 m2 and would normally open in 2017. Tim Cook said about this new project: “This huge investment represents the biggest project that Apple ever undertook in Europe and we’re very proud of creating many jobs in these places”.
The centre is going to be eco-friendly and the energy that will be used is going to be 100% renewable. The American firm has already created 672.000 non-directs jobs in Europe (App Developer).