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Saturday 21 October 2017

Young writer awards

The next generation of young Irish writers has been honoured at a special ceremony. Awards were presented in Galway to children from all over the country who took part in the Write a Book Scheme, organised by the Galway Education Centre.

Over the 12 years of the scheme, almost 30,000 books have been created, illustrated and bound by children.

This year more than 8,000 young authors put their imagination to work, creating their own stories.

LOOP PLAN ON SHOW

A DRAFT 10-year improvement and economic development strategy for the town considered to be the gateway to the award-winning Loop Head Peninsula in West Clare will go on public display this week.

Themed 'Towards a Better Kilkee', the Draft Town Improvement & Economic Development Strategy 2013-2023 will go on public display from June 7 until August 1 while a public consultation will be held on June 20.

PHONE CABLES STOLEN

RESIDENTS of a rural area have been left without landlines for the past four weeks after telephone wires were stolen by thieves. Cables spanning six poles on the way to Kilcarra, near Arklow, Co Wicklow, were taken for their copper value.

More than 700 metres of cables were also stolen from a rural area of Redcross, north of Arklow, and a local firm was left without phones for several days after underground cables were ripped from their piping.

CITY TO HOST GAMERS

ONE of the biggest gaming conventions in Ireland and the UK will take place in Limerick. Hundreds of people from across Europe are expected to gather at Thomond Park from June 14 to 16 for the 15th annual Conclave Games Convention.

Participants will compete for national and European titles, while the convention will also feature stands hosted by traders and some of the world's biggest games manufacturers.

34 GET SCHOLARSHIPS

THIRTY-four Donegal schoolchildren have won scholarships worth a total of €25,000 to attend the Gaeltacht this summer.

The students' names were drawn from 600 applicants to Donegal County Council's Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme, a joint venture between the local authority and Irish colleges. It gives pupils a three-week summer placement in areas such as Arranmore Island, Teelin and Gaoth Dobhair.

Irish Independent

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