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Before I begin to talk and write about anything else, I simply have to refer to that dark Wednesday last week when, in Washington, Congress was stormed by rebels shouting that Donald Trump had won the election, waving flags, and being egged on by Trump himself, who said “Well done, I’ll be with you shortly.” And of course, he never was.
As I write this, it is not quite a week since the incumbent (and outgoing) president of the United States, Donald J Trump, attempted a coup, seeking to prevent the formal announcement of the election results, to overturn the results of that election, and somehow to cling to power.
The Galway Chamber Business Awards 2020 is open for entries, and will be seeking to recognise the achievements of local businesses in what has been a challenging, indeed hostile, 12 months.
Local councillor Mary Hoade has been appointed to a new committee to oversee the revitalisation of town centres throughout the State through the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check programme.
Marty Walsh, the Mayor of Boston, who has been nominated to the post of Labor Secretary by US President-elect Joe Biden, has been invited to visit Galway during his term of office.
Athlone Community Radio volunteer, Kara Richards, was recently recognised for her persistent and diligent service to matters local media, when she was awarded a prestigious accolade during the Volunteer Ireland awards ceremony.
On a Sunday in March 2000, I witnessed with a joyous heart thousands of Galwegians of all ages enter a bare field beside the Quincentenary Bridge and leave behind a forest.
While it is "frustrating" to start the New Year in Lockdown, it is necessary and businesses and the public must follow Government guidelines and interpret the restrictions "conservatively for the next month at least".
A landmark occasion for Moate Golf Club occurred on Sunday evening when the management committee AGM proceeded within the virtual realm via the medium of Zoom.
NUI Galway has been awarded almost €700,000 in funding for three research projects as part of a coordinated Covid-19 Rapid Response Research, Development, and Innovation programme.