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
The construction of a new motorway has been announced at the end of April. The project has started in May and should finish at the end of 2018. With 550 million of euros invested, the main goal of this project is to reduce travel time significantly, for example the journey between Tuam and Gort (around 60 kilometres) which will take 20 minutes less than before. Moreover, it shows the commitment of the Irish government to improving the infrastructure of transport not only around Dublin but also in the Province of Connacht with 57 kilometres of motorway, near Galway.
The reduction of travel time is not the only good point of this project, because there are also 450 jobs which will be created during this period. The companies Sisk, Lagan Construction Group and Roadbridge are in charge of this construction.
The Connemara Bog Week Festival 2014 is celebrating its 30th year and in spite of its name, it lasts 10 days. Between the 23rd of May and the 2nd of June 2014, you can walk, talk and enjoy the show. Poets, painters and musicians will be present and ensure you have a good time in front of the wonderful Connemara landscapes.
One of the characteristics of this festival is the presence of all ages. There are activities for all tastes: making music, painting, dancing, talking, walking… There are also conferences and guided walks as well as traditional Irish music with well-known local musicians such as The Kane Sisters.
The Festival takes place in Letterfrack. You have no reason to miss it if you are in the county of Galway!
25 new jobs have been announced by Hilco Capital, the owner of HMV that will reopen a store in Galway.
HMV is a retail company specialising in entertainment with products such as CD, DVD, games, books etc. They have also a selection of t-shirts.
The new store of 4,855 square meters will be located in Edward Square in the city-centre. The official launch date has not yet being announced.
Closed 14 months ago, the previous HMV in Edward Square resulted in the the loss of 12 jobs. With the opening of this new store, we estimate that now HMV and Xtra-Vison, both owned by Hilco Capital will employ more than 1000 people across Ireland.