Non- Fiction

bernardBernard Kirk is the Director of Galway Education Centre, Co Founder of Robotics Ireland, Co Founder of The All Ireland Primary Schools Debating Competition. In 2010 he was nominated to the Trinity Science Gallery Leonardo group. He is Committee member of National Education Committee, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Chairperson The Galway Music Residency, former Committee Member NUIG Research Ethics Committee and former Director Galway Science & Technology Festival.

Let’s get Listening and Talking –

The urgent need for more dialogue between Enterprise and Schools.

By Bernard Kirk

This country is home to 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world. 12 of the world’s top selling medicines are made there and 9 of the top 10 IT companies in the world are based there. Many will be surprised to read that the country in question is Ireland.
But how did we as a country reach this enviable position from a country described ‘as a small poor country on the edge of the Atlantic’ in the early 1980’s. Three reasons are often offered – the major investment in education ,with a significent contribution from Atlantic Philantrophies, our corporate tax rate and the focus on capturing the research and development elements of the major companies. In addition a key ingredient to achieve this was the marketing of Ireland as a country with a ‘young, well-educated, skilled workforce’. However fthe delivery of this key ingredient is now becoming a significant challenge for enterprise as many of the skills students now display at the end of their education are not matching the requirements of the employers. More…

Galway farewells a champion of Irish food

Ronnie-OGorman-Dick-DonaghueRonnie O’Gorman is a recognised innovator in the media business. His newspaper, The Galway Advertiser, was the first free sheet in Ireland and one of the first papers to really embrace the use of colour and more telegraphic formats, content and layouts, which are now widespread in the print media business. Ronnie was born in Galway, where his family had run a successful business, printing works, bookshop and stationers since the turn of the century. He graduated in London and worked with the Westminster Press before returning to Galway in 1970 to set up the Galway Advertiser. The Galway Advertiser is today acknowledged as the leading free newspaper in Ireland.

Galway farewells a champion of Irish food

(Gerry Galvin, who introduced a new eating experience to Galway)

By Ronnie O’Gorman

When the late and much loved Gerry Galvin and his wife Marie opened Drimcong restaurant near Moycullen in the 1980s, Gerry came with the glowing accolade as one of Ireland’s leading chefs.
The couple had run the famousVintage restaurant in Kinsale, and the reputation of the Kinsale restaurants, and its renowned Kinsale Gourmet Festival, left mouths watering in the rest of the island. Yes, we had some good food emporiums in the west, but, to be honest, no matter how hard Galway and Clifden chefs tried to vary their menu, men usually went for a decent large steak, chips and onions, while the more dainty sex opted for fish. More…

New Boots by Christian Wallace

Christian Wallace was raised in West Texas. He moved to Galway in 2011 to pursue an MA in Writing. During his time in Ireland, Wallace hosted an alternative-country show on Flirt FM and could often be found in The Crane Bar listening to tunes or playing his own songs. An electrician by trade, Wallace returned to Texas to work and plan his next adventure with his dog, Loretta. His poetry has appeared in Persona, Words Work, and Wingbeats.

New Boots

By Christian Wallace

I found them in New Mexico. They were in a Western store that was the pride of an otherwise unimportant smudge on the map. I was on my back to Texas, and dusk was settling on the horizon. I pulled into the parking lot where a single truck hitched to a horse trailer remained. A tiny Mexican woman squinted at me through a pair of thick glasses as I came into the shop. The whole place smelled of leather. Saddles, belts, perfectly formed Stetsons and boxes of boots filled the place. A couple of cowboys were milling about—one trying on a camouflage jacket, the other stuffing his fingers into a new pair of work gloves. More…

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