Galway Advertiser 1991/1991_05_23/GA_23051991_E1_002.pdf
in Summary MICHAEL'S FANTASTIC PROGRESS Line in the sand
OPERATION DESERT STORM has taken on a new significance for the people of Roundstone. Last Friday the local Community Council were successful in forcing two Italian juggernauts and local contractors, Folan Bros, of Carna off the sand dunes at Dogs Bay. The white sand of Dogs Bay is more than just picturesque. According to environmentalist and map-maker Tim Robinson, the sand is made up of microscopic sea-shells, 98% pure calcium car bonate. It is unique in the Western hemisphere to find such large deposits on the surface. Normally it is found in very deep water. The Dept. of the Marine granted a licence to the Folan Bros, to remove fifty tons for the University of Milan who are undertaking a series of engineering experiments to test oil drills for deep-sea oil exploration. Last Thursday morning, at about 1.30 a.m. two Italian juggernauts and a local lorry and tractor drove down to the beach and began loading the sand. The alarm was rais ed by Jim Conneely and local man Pat Mullins put his jeep across the gate. The Italians emptied their load and drove away. Roundstone Community Council Chairperson Anne Conneely said they were considering a legal injunction. She said the local people had enormous pride in their beaches. With F a s help, strong marrum grass was planted all along the dunes during the Spring. Money for the planting was contributed by local households. "We are determined to stop this," she said. The Italians took two tons last year, they may want 100 tons next year." Negotiations between the Folan Bros, and the Community Council are continuing. Tim Robinson added grimly: "A line has been drawn in the sand."
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tains his current rate of im provement, he will be kept for a further three to six months. His parents, Michael and
Michael will come home at the end of June when the Institute closes for two months. He will return to Hungary in September. If he main
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Kathleen are very excited about their son's chance of a lifetime in Budapest and are confident his potential will be developed. Any club, factory, organisation or individual who would like to help the fund should contact any of the following trustees Padraic Mc Cormack, T.D. Tel. 53992. T o m C o x . 66892 or Michael Staunton. 64755. Lodgments can be made t o Account Number 13910417 at Bank of Ireland, Mainguard street.
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MEANWHILE IN ANOTHER part of Connemara a fax was sent last week to John Dwyer, Flavin Enterprises, Boston, Mass. The following is the text. Dear Mr Dwyer, Please set up a factory in Connemara. We can of fer you: N o roads, N o rail service, No public buses, N o Shannon or Clifden Airport, No Post Offices, N o 20p local calls, Minimal Police presence, Sub-standard hospital services, N o workforce, Sub-standard postal services, Demoun table homes for the elderly and disadvantaged, No bogs for turf cutting (A.S.I.), N o mountains for sheep grazing (A.S.I.), N o free fishing on lakes or rivers, N o refuse collection. N o group Water schemes, No free School Transports. However we will guarantee you fresh air until we devise a means of cutting that too. Yours P. Mc Cracken (Sec). Editor's Reply: As the fax came from Forbairt Pobal Tec managed by the dynamic Pol O'Foighill. P. McCracken's name could be shortened to 'Crack'.
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AROUND 1800, a member of the Martyn fami ly of Tulira Castle, Ardrahan. emigrated to Hungary. His great-grandson Ferenc Martyn became a distinguished modern painter. Ferenc was always interested in his Irish origins and became an admirer of James Joyce a n d his Galway born wife Nora Barnacle. To celebrate the centenary o f Joyce's birth in 1982 the artist d i d a series of 24 illustrations for Ulyssis which were given a s a gift from the Hungarian Government to the Irish people. This unique Galway story comes full circle as far as Athlone where on May 31st Dr. 1 si van Pataki, Ambassador of Hungary, opens an exhibi to of these paintings at the Dotan Moore Gallery there. in
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