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  • There are 70 American students in the county Roscommon village of Ballintober at present, all taking part in an annual international archeological study programme entitled “Castles in Communities, the archeological project at Ballintober Castle”. 

    This evening at 7pm at the old school house in Ballintober, everyone is invited to attend a lecture on the 2018/2019 field schools and it will provide an opportunity for members of the general community to learn about what the students are discovering.

    Rebekah Mills is one of the US students taking part in the study programme and she has been giving Midwest News more details about the programme and the experience of learning and living in the Ballintober community.

  • Oliver Browne a native of The Neale, now living in the US  is to be honoured by a leading Irish community group in New Jersey on the night before Mayo play New York in Gaelic Park, New York.

    He was the goalkeeper on The Neale team that won the club’s only ever Mayo Minor Football Championship title in 1980, and has now been named as Clubman of the Year by The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Essex Chapter, based in West Orange, New Jersey.

    A large group of family and friends from Ireland and throughout America will attend the presentation dinner on Saturday, May 4th – Mayo Day – at the Mayfair Farms, West Orange.

    The citation from The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh noted that Oliver “is a loyal member of the  order who has tirelessly contributed his time and energy as a member, committee head, trustee and officer. He has chaired the Exhibition of Irish Sports for many years, a family event that features boys and girls Gaelic football matches and men’s rugby and hurling games.

    Tickets and further information on the event are available at: www.shillelaghclub.com

    On the day before the dinner, Friday, May 3rd, Oliver will host a Mayo GAA Fans Gathering at the Shillelagh Club, New Jersey – just 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

    A benefit raffle on the night will raise funds for the Friends of Darragh / Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. Darragh Walsh was a Neale footballer who died tragically in a car accident in 2013 in Qatar aged 22. 

  • Rent the Runway, a US fashion company is to create 150 jobs in Galway with the opening of its first international technology hub in the city.

    The New York-headquartered company, formally established an Irish subsidiary in January, and the company now says it intends to hire 150 engineers and developers over the next three years to coincide with the establishment of what will be its first operation outside of the United States.

    The company’s chief technology officer Josh Builder speaking to today’s Irish Times, says that employees in Galway will be working “hand-in-hand” with the company’s US-based R&D teams to tackle core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s operations.

    The Galway team will be undertaking in-house software development unique to the company as well as offering support for its mobile and desktop platform.

    Rent the Runway is seeking to disrupt the $2.4 trillion dollar global fashion industry by enabling women to rent, rather than buy, designer outfits for events such as weddings.

    It carries designer apparel and accessories for rent from over 600 designers which are made available via a subscription service. Members pay $89 (€79) a month for a maximum of four items while an unlimited option is available for $159 (€141).

    The service will not, however, be available to customers in Ireland.

    The company’s Galway office will be temporarily located at the Portershed hub from next month on, with a more permanent home opening later this year at the newly-renovated Piscatorial School building, overlooking the Claddagh in the city centre.