The Irish Rail Company is envisaging creating a long-term plan to run directly from Galway to Dublin. Furthermore the company wants to create the same plan for other major Irish cities like Cork and Limerick.
To create this connection, Irish Rail is thinking about creating an extension to the Dart Underground – Transportation system in Dublin. The project is estimated to cost €200 million and the permission has been already given. The €2 billion Dart underground plan linking Connolly and Heuston station in Dublin to the major cities has long been planned by transport strategists to prepare the future of Ireland and Dublin’s rail services.
The CEO of Irish Rails said: “As you move, as you see in other countries, to the electrification of intercity routes, you could then have direct routes from Galway, Cork and other major cities through the underground line to Dublin Airport”
As you know Galway is one of the Irish cities that have created a bid and that is competing for the 2020 European Capital of Culture selection. In part of this challenge, one of the biggest projects will be to create a new concert hall and also to create a bigger community of spectators in Galway.
If Galway city council decided to add a major project to the new bid, it’s because they didn’t succeed last time because of a lack of infrastructure.
To finance this building, the city is expecting funds from the EU and also the mayor has already decided to unlock a €500,000 fund.
The final plan should contribute to the long-term cultural, economic and social development of the city.
Music for Galway was established in 1981 when a group of people came together with the aim of providing audiences in the West of Ireland with a range of opportunities to listen to world class musicians. Since then the organisation has presented hundreds of inspiring and stimulating performances in Galway.
Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre in January to celebrate classical music with a three day midwinter festival and will be held on January 16 – 18.
This year, the festival focusses on two composers who towered over their respective centuries, Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich, and who both worked with powerful patrons, the Esterházy family and Joseph Stalin respectively.
Find more information on the official website of the festival.
Galway has become the first Irish UNESCO city of film and one of only five in the world to hold the title.
Sixty-three cities worldwide had been shortlisted for the designation, which has been described as a “highly significant international recognition of Galway’s creative achievements and potential in the world of film”. That means that Galway will now be able to take part in Unesco’s Creative Cities Network and it’s also a great news for the reputation of the city.
Note that more than 600 people work in the film and television industry in Galway, and this sector is valued at €72 million. A great reward for this sector in Galway!
Next Step for Galway? Campaign to become European Capital of Culture in 2020!
An Australian company called Phenix which is dedicated to jewellery Insurance claims will create 30 new jobs in the wonderful city of Galway.
Phenix is the only Tier 1 specialist Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Company in Australia, specifically established to service the needs of the insurance industry and their claimants.
A lot of decisions were possible for the new European Headquarter, but Ireland and Galway were chosen due to the available workforce and its access to the wider European Market. Leanne Kemps, Director of International and Strategy of Phenix, said “We considered a number of countries, Canada being one, to base our International HQ from. Ireland, not only presented itself with a depth of workforce talent, gateway access to Europe, but importantly has an extremely high standard of jewellery being hallmarked and produced local”
Positions in the company will be high-skilled jobs and will concern departments such as the Finance and Administration sectors.
Interested in finding a job in Finance or Administration, take a look to the city of Galway?
PFH to create 25 new jobs in the city
PFH, an Irish company which is dedicated to information and communications technology services, has announced this week during the official opening of the company’s new offices in Galway that they will create 25 new jobs in the city.
Thanks to its 200 employees, PFH provides services also internationally and can be proud to have 7 government departments as a client. That’s why the company need to expand both its workforce and its office space. The new jobs will include skilled positions such as sales and marketing, cloud services, and technical/consultancy roles.
“The 25 new jobs at PFH further strengthen the company’s operations in Galway and is a demonstration of its commitment to the west (of Ireland). The jobs are another example of our vibrant tech sector and it’s a great boost for the region,” said Paul Hourican, CEO of PFH Group.
Galway could be the perfect city for you to find a job!
From November 21st to December 22nd the annual Galway Christmas Market will take place. Christmas is coming, and its atmosphere too!
The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 400,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets. But this year, we expect the market to be bigger and even better with the addition of live performances and entertainment from Galway's top bands and DJs.
As previously, there will also be a range of retail activity including; hot food, snack and beverage, gift items and artisan food and craft offerings.
The market will be open 7 days a week with the following opening hours:
- Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8 pm
- Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Don’t hesitate to visit its website, and more than that, to go to this Market!
The Galway Science and Technology Festival will run from the 10th – 23th of November 2014. It could be the occasion for the young to discover more about this sphere.
The 2014 Galway Science and Technology Festival will bring 25 shows and workshops to approximatively 35,000 primary and secondary school students throughout Galway City and County over the two weeks of the Festival.
The final day on the 24th of November is for all the family to enjoy. It will be an opportunity to peer behind the looking glass of science and all the wonderful advancements it has brought to improve our way of life in the world.
You will find more information on the official website of the festival.
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” Edward Teller.
Since 2002, TULCA Festival of Visual Art has captivated Galway city with an eclectic display of Contemporary Art. This year, it will take place from November 7th to November 23rd.
TULCA Festival of Visual Art aims to promote and spread the contemporary arts culture of Galway and Ireland. This festival works with Irish curators in order to offer innovative exhibitions to the public.
Every year TULCA takes place over three weeks in November and is the only festival in Ireland to specifically commission Irish curators who develop a theme unique to the event, and exhibitions will take place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces.
Moreover, the festival offers a volunteer program which will help you to gain an understanding on how a festival operates. Don’t hesitate to contact them in order to join the team!
You will find all the necessary information on the official website of the festival.
The Vodafone Comedy Carnival started on October 16th in Galway and runs until Monday 27th of October. An international event, that every year presents brilliant headliners in various location of the city of Galway.
The program has been created to bring together a large number of award-winning stars of the genre around the world and new talents of the city during the holiday weekend in Ireland.
If anything characterizes the festival, in addition to the insured laughter is the attention to detail by the organization. Some of the performances will have their European or national premiere in the city of Galway. Some participants are of the standing of Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, Tim Minchin, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Kevin Bridges, Des Bishop and Rich Hall, among many others.
Among the organizers of the festival are the Galway City Council, Failte Ireland & The Wild Atlantic Way and Diageo. See all the details of the festival sponsored by Vodafone in the official website.