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According to emerging reports. Allied Irish Bank are in the process of contacting approximately 500 customers in Galway following the disappearance, and subsequent recovery, of customer-related documentation.

It is understood that the bag containing the documents was handed into a branch of AIB in Galway this week when the significance of its contents was established.

In a statement which was released to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, AIB confirmed that the documents had been recovered, and that those affected have been contacted by the bank.

"The mislaid documentation was located on the evening of the 12th September when a business owner in Galway contacted AIB to inform us the documentation was handed in to his premises on the day it was mislaid. All information has been retrieved.

"The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed. Customer contact commenced yesterday and is well advanced."

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According to emerging reports, a second site in Galway, which was run by the Bon Secours nuns, is to be scanned for infant remains.

Building which is due to take place on the grounds of Grove Hospital will be postponed in order to facilitate an excavation.

The scan has been ordered following concerns that the site may hide the remains of babies who died at birth.

The excavation will be conducted in a similar way to the one which was carried out at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home earlier this year.

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One Galway nightclub has been praised for its new cloakroom policy that allows you to trade your killer heels for some ballet flats when all that dancing takes its toll.

DNA (formerly known as Karma), unveiled the new service on the clubs official Facebook page yesterday, and it proved to be a popular move.

The post reads: “Ladies, when your heels become too much, check them into the cloakroom quoting your shoe size and we will swap them out for a pair of new flats while we mind your heels for the night. Dancing…it's in our dna!”

One user commented, “I need this in my life”, and honestly, we couldn't agree more.

The ballet flats are available to purchase from the cloakroom for just €5.00, and they'll even mind your heels until you're ready to go home.

Bye-bye blisters and hello painless walks to the taxi rank. 

We just hope more clubs will follow suit.

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Galway welcomes back The F Word, a feminist festival, this week for the second year. 

The festival is set to be a '5-day festival which will take place in venues across Galway city will explore some of the faces of feminism and related topics through participatory workshops, a 'Reclaim the Night' march, a day of meditation and relaxation, comedy, storytelling, music and a whole lot more.'

This will be a space for feminists and allies to come together to explore feminist issues. It will be an inclusive and accessible space for all women (both cis and trans) from all communities and walks of lives.'

Interested in heading along? Here's what's happening: 

Decolonising Feminism – Wednesday July 5th, 7pm, Foroige club, Fairgreen Road

Seisiún an Domhain/World Session – Thursday July 6th, 7pm, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

Reclaim the Night March – Friday July 7th, 8pm, Eyre Square

Day of Feminist Workshops and Info Sessions – July 8th, 10am, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

The Witches That Couldn't be Burned – Saturday July 8th, 8.30pm, Kennedys Bar Eyre Square

'Treat YoSelf' Self Care Day – Sunday July 9th, 1pm, Áras na nGael, Dominick Street

You can find more information on workshops and registration here.

Check out #GalwayFemFest on Twitter for more details. 

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Travelling to Galway is always a good idea.

With the lively city's famous flair for fun, friendly locals, cultural richness and non-stop night scene, it's a must-visit for Irish folk and tourists alike.

If you are heading west, there are a few treasured eateries you should definitely check out while you are there. 

Yummy Crepes

Mick's famous creparie is a Galway institution. 

The stall has been a focal point of the Galway market for donkey's years, situated in the shade of St Nicholas' Church in the city centre.

The traditional ham,cheese, scallion and mustard crepe is always a winner, or get more experimental with your choice of fillings. 

 

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WA Cafe

Using the freshest of ingredients, the authentic sushi at WA Cafe is an unmissible hallmark on Galway's seafood scene.

The cafe, snuggled amongst the harbour-side traders at the docks, is run by a Japanese-Galwegian family who bring the delectable flavours of sushi and ramen to life.

The cafe just won The All-Ireland Best World Cuisine 2017 award at the The Irish Restaurant Awards, so snap up a platter of their sashimi quick! Oh, and pick us up a packet of Pocky on your way out. 

 

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Biteclub

A list of the finest Galway eateries wouldn't be complete with our adding one of the country's edgiest street food specialists. 

Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque brings a menagerie of eclectic menu choices to life, ranging from spicy fish tacos and Korean sesame chicken to deep-fried churros and the creamiest mac and cheese in the land. 

Oh, and it's a cardinal sin to leave Biteclub without sampling one of their lethal watermelon and gin slushies. 

 

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Seven

Seven is a bar/restaurant tucked away in Galway's Latin Quarter. 

The intimate and welcoming vibe is perfect for a hungover breakfast with the gang, or try the extensive drinks menu as the evenings grow darker.

Opt for their classic full Irish breakfast on cheat day, or tackle the delicious goats cheese and roasted vegetable panini.

 

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Tribeton

Known for its edgy yet sultry decor and champagne cocktails, Tribeton has been delighting the palettes of Galwegians since it opened.

The industrial backdrop sets the scene for a night of gourmet bar snacks and beverages, or you can go all out and opt for their night time menu. 

The grilled salmon with chorizo cream and the Belvedere Spritz cocktail are the ideal menu options.

 

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Caprice Cafe

This delectable delicatessen is about to celebrate its first anniversary. 

While it may still be the new kid on the block when it comes to Galway eateries, the brunch behemoth on Church Lane has already made a mega impression on diners in the city of tribes.

Try the delectable calimari with citrus salad if you're in the mood for a lighter bite, or go all out with the luxurious lobster and eggs at brunch. 

 

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Gardaí at Loughrea in Galway are investigating an incident in which a woman in her 20s was taken to Portiuncula Hospital following a machete attack on Friday night.

Speaking to SHEmazing, Gardaí elaborated on the incident saying: "The incident occurred at 9.45pm on the 16th June following an incident of criminal damage to a vehicle involving a number of people on Main St, Eyrecourt."

"The woman, who was an occupant of the vehicle, was taken to Portincula Hospital with non life threatening injuries," they confirmed.

Commenting on the incident, local Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte said the community was understandably left shaken following the night's incident.

"The community felt so upset about it that they had to hold a public meeting because they lived in fear on that night because they were afraid to walk down their street, they were told to stay inside doors, they didn't know what was going on," she said.

Gardaí have confirmed that investigations are ongoing and no arrests have yet been made.

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Gardaí in Galway are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old man was struck by a car on the Moycullen Road in the early hours of this morning.

According to reports, the pedestrian was transported from the scene of the incident to University College Hospital Galway at approximately 01.40 where it is understood he remains in a critical condition.

The road at Bushy Park is currently closed as Garda forensic collision investigators carry out an examination of the scene.

Motorists should be aware that diversions in the area are currently in place.

If you have any information pertaining to this morning's incident, you can contact them at Galway Garda Station on 091 538000, on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111, or at any Garda Station.

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Since the glorious weather has well and truly hit Ireland, there's no better time than now to go out and have some fun.

And while the day can be spent sitting on a rooftop terrace knocking back prosecco, the night is for activities, and Galway is flooded with them this weekend.

From comedy shows, a street club, house parties and a burlesque fest, here are seven events on in Galway City. starting from tonight:

Tonight – May 25

Foil Arms and Hog: Doomdah'

The gas comedy trio are taking their sell-out show, Doomdah', to Galway. Taking place in the Town Hall Theatre, tickets are €20.

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Tonight – May 25

Hoolie

This house party is taking place one last time tonight. "Round up your pals. Have a can in the shower. Leave the naggin at home. Look deadly. Be sound," says its website. Tickets are €5.

Friday – May 26

Delorean 80s Live in Halo

For fans of Queen, Prince and Depeche Mode, this event is for you. Taking place in Halo nightclub, get ready to dance the night away for FREE.

Friday – May 26

Galway Street Club

Top buskers are returning to Galway and they’re playing in the Róisín Dubh. With shows on Shop Street at 5pm and 9pm, it'll be a fab summer evening. Tickets are €5.

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Friday – May 26 – 28

Galway Burlesque Festival

From workshops to showcases, the Galway Burlesque Festival will give you a treat this weekend. For VIP or day passes, check out here.

Saturday – May 27

The Rubberbandits

Yes, the lads are heading to Galway for a "very rowdy" comedy show. Taking place in the Róisín Dubh, tickets are €22.50.

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Sunday – May 28

John Conneely Inc.

If you're into Jazz and the Blues, this event is for you. John will take to the stage to play some classics as well as his original material. Tickets are €5.

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92.9 per cent of Ireland’s 140 identified bathing waters met the minimum required standard for sufficient water quality, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency

Ireland also saw an increase in its standard of water quality, with 85.7% per cent of bathing water classed as being either excellent or good, an increase on last year which sat at 83 per cent. 

However, six bathing waters in Ireland failed to meet the minimum required EU standards and were classified as being of poor quality.

Clifden, Ballyloughane and Tra na bhForbachabeach, cared for by Galway City Council, Merrion Strand of Dublin City Council, Loughshinny and Portrane of Fingal County Council all failed to meet the required standards.

Some of the issues raised include surface waters, drainage misconnections and birds in Merrion Strand.

Septic tank discharges in Loughshinny and sewage discharges and surface run-off in Portrane were also identified as problem areas.

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As a nation of pet lovers, there are plenty of pup-friendly cafes and parks for us to enjoy quality time with our four-legged friends.

Now, one Galway hotel is offering guests the option to bring their puppy pals on a little break away with them, by creating a doggy package in their hospitable hotel with pet friendly rooms. 

The Ardilaun Hotel, close to Galways' scenic Salthill, is the perfect place to bring your doggo for a day trip and even an overnight stay. 

'The Ardilaun Hotel is one of the few Galway hotels to realise that you can’t have a family break without all of the family.'

'Bring your four legged friend with you and we’ll make sure your pet feels welcome too!'

'We’ll give you a room beside our beautiful gardens so you’ll have easy access when the need arises and nice little playground for him too!'

'Don’t forget bedding and food for your four legged friend! We provide everything else.'

As if we needed another excuse to head west for a summer getaway.

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Galway is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and one couple chose the city's busiest street as the location for their first dance.

Kate Divilly and Declan Tannam opted to wed in the City of Tribes last week, and as Today FM discovered, the pair had an epic first dance on Shop Street.

As the wedding party returned to the hotel, a band was busking (like always) on the street, and the party couldn't resist having a dance there and then. 

The special moment was captured by a member of Brown Thomas staff who had an eagle eyed view of the occasion. 

'We were walking past a band and everyone was clapping at us and taking pictures and then the band spotted us,' chief bridesmaid Aoife Doyle told Today FM. 

'We were saying ‘play Galway Girl’ because Kate is from Galway and they kind of looked at us and went ‘we don’t know that one’

Major congratulations to the couple, and this first dance is going to go down in Galway history. 

 

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Galway native Dave Donoghue has broken a Guinness World Record for the longest guitar lesson in the world.

Dave began his lesson in Monroes Side Bar in Galway at 9am on Good Friday and finished up at 9am on Saturday.

Although, he went beyond the 24-hour mark "just in case."

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The guitar teacher, who owns Kaizen Guitar, raised funds while completing the record for Jigsaw Galway – a free, non-judgemental and confidential support service for young people in the county.

Dave his his target of €5,000 but online donations are open for another week.

Dave told The Irish Mirror: "It was something I wanted to do since 2013 and I am just overwhelmed today that it has happened. We have done it and people were just so supportive to this dream of mine.

"Some students were here for 13 hours playing. It has been a surreal 24 hours and I don't think I can ever thank all my support team behind the scenes enough."

Dave also talked about his company, Kaizen Guitar, which aims to improve the quality of lives around the world by helping people realise their full potential.

“We intend to play a significant role in the future of guitar education, making it as fun and as accessible as possible for all ages and abilities. It’s all about the individual and what their interests and passions are.

"Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. It’s all about enjoyment and learning through the persons interests be it sport, reading, music or art."

You can still donate to Dave's cause over on this website.

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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