Galway appeals as much for its landscape
Many tourists have chosen visiting Galway and Mayo because of the scenery, according to a recent survey containing views of over 1,000 visitors from home and abroad.
Two-thirds were first time visitors to the area and were aged under 55, with almost half of them couples. They had spent at least one night in the area.
The natural environment got the top score in their overall rating of the tourist experience.
83% of the tourists visited this area because of the beautiful scenery - friendly people was the factor over 40% singled out as the reason they would give the area the thumbs up.
In numbers, when asked why they chose Galway and Mayo, 38% picked beautiful scenery, 13 were visiting family and friends and 10% came on a recommendation. 19% of respondents went hiking and walking, 6% went cycling, and 4% had a go at golf and fishing.
A recent survey of FRS Recruitment (based in Galway) points out the fact that workers’ attitudes are improving incredibly.
The survey concerns people who want to find a new role in their career or are unemployed. In results, there is a decrease of 4 per cent of people who have fears in their job and they think now that they would find a new job more quickly than they could lose it.
Moreover, an increase of workers’ confidence is notable: 6 per cent more think they wouldn’t take a reduction in pay or in their working week. They focus their priorities in the quality of life they would have with the job (location, career path, employer brand, etc.)To finish, unemployed people are also more confident on the fact that they could regain a job more quickly than before and that they aren’t obliged to change their career to find employment.
It was officially opened yesterday, 13th July, and exhibitions will open daily from today, 14th July, to 27th July. Do you like Arts? If so, this is a great option for you.
Here are some artists that attended the event: John Kindness, Enda Walsh, Patrick O’Reilly, Leonie King, Karen Conway, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea and John Mahoney.
Throughout the 37 years of its existence, the festival has become a key event for the exhibition of Irish and international arts and has strengthened its reputation as the most important artistic event in Ireland.
This year’s programme presents an exciting mix bringing work out onto the streets and breathing new life into old spaces.
It will be an eclectic mix of Irish and international exhibitions with the introduction of a newly designed city-centre gallery in the former Print Works of the Connacht Tribune on Market Street.
Before the end of the summer a public bike rental scheme will launch in Galway. Coca-Cola, the company in charge the program, also will take their black bikes with bright red accents to the cities of Cork and Limerick.
Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, said: “To counter that argument, you could also say it is more important to get more people out cycling to deal with the issue of obesity. There is a direct link between physical activity and a decrease in that”.
This initiative, which has already been launched in Dublin thanks to Coca-Cola Zero, aims to help people find a fun and healthy way to get around the city. Galway will have 215 bicycles, 23 bike stations and 445 bike stands.
The registration fee for the program, which will have a pricing structure very similar to the Dublin Bike Scheme will charge a € 10 annual registration fee and this take place closer to the launch date.
For a week - from 1st - 15th of July – take an adventure to discover the magical Inishbofin Island, off the coast of Connemara. A set of different poets, writers, musicians, archaeologists and all kinds of scientists will help you to discover the human and natural history of the island. There will be no shortage of tours, workshops, lectures and concerts.
Connemara Summer School Inishbofin, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, is an important contribution to the economy of the island. This school was founded in 1984 by three local teachers to create environmental awareness and to educate based on the heritage of Inishbofin.
To participate follow the instructions you’ll find on this link, you will also have more details of what awaits you if you decide to join this adventure.
The attractiveness of Galway does not seem to stop.
Despite many technology companies already implemented in the Irish capital, Galway becomes increasingly important in this sector.
After SAP and HP, it is the turn of SmartBear to announce new jobs. The American company that provides software announced that its European headquarters will be located in Galway and that will create 100 jobs over the next 5 years, which is once again a boost for the western region of the country.
Good news for everyone, jobs are not only related to new technologies. Of course, some will be related to software development, but there will also be sales, marketing, customer support and finance jobs.
You can check the current opportunities on the official SmartBear site.
Galway International Arts Festival will take place from the 14th to the 27th of July, 2014 in Galway. This festival was founded in 1978 and has collaborated with artists and companies from around the world, which allows to present an international program of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, literature but also comedy.
This event has taken place every July of each year for 35 years and has become a major festival and the largest annual arts event in Ireland. More than 500 artists will be present from America, Asia, Australia, Europe and of course Ireland. This year, the festival will focus on dance and theatre of America and Europe.
Galway International Arts Festival is not organized in the same way as other festivals. Indeed, we do not book the festival for a day or for a weekend, but for a particular artist.
For more information, you can check the official website of the event, where you will find all the artists and the price for each event.
The American company Hewlett-Packard, usually known as HP, will create around 100 jobs in Galway. They will be available next year in Ballybrit, when the construction of the research building will be finished.
This announcement has been made when the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited the headquarters in California, Palo Alto. He said that the creation of these jobs is a boost for Ireland in general and principally for the sector of ICT (Information and communication technologies).
The company has invested in Ireland for 40 years, which makes it, according to Enda Kenny’s words, one of the most valuable investors and one of the companies with the most highly skilled jobs in Research and Development in the country.
If you work in the engineering field (but other sectors are also offered), do not hesitate to check the opportunities in HP’s website.
Some good news has been announced recently about jobs in Galway. The German group SAP, a world-leading ICT company, who develop software, will create new jobs in Galway and also in Dublin.
More than 200 technology roles will be added in the company in the near future. 60 jobs are also planned to be created in the Research and Development in the Citywest Campus of SAP.
Anyone who works as software developers, data scientists or quality specialists can apply for these jobs. If you want to know the job opportunities, you can check in the company’s website. http://jobs.sap.com/go/Europe-Development-&-Technology-Jobs/375959/?filter=true&location=ireland
Green Isle Foods has announced the creation of 115 jobs over the next 5 years, with an investment of 30 million of euros.
The company, which sells frozen products and is a leader in this sector, will create 50 jobs in its production facility in Longford and 65 other jobs in another production facility, in Portumna, in the County of Galway.
This investment also allows to secure the 700 jobs already occupied in the country and to keep continuing to extend and become a leader in the international plan.
You can see the jobs opportunities in the 2 Sisters Food Group website, to which Green Isle Foods belong. http://www.2sfg.com/recruitment.asp