Uncle Steeple: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin lays flowers at a monument to Soviet poet Sergei Mikhalkov, in Moscow, last May. A new children’s Russian-language library in Galway will be today be named after Mikhalkov, who also wrote children’s books. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images.

Library named after children’s author who wrote all the three versions of Russia’s national anthem since 1943

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Clifden and Music For Galway programmes also published

The road to happiness:  An  analysis of data by a UCC economist found that contentment was at its highest among residents of rural Ireland,  among those over 65 but “not unemployed” and those with children and religion as a part of daily life.

Analysis of European survey data finds income a ‘significant’ but ‘modest’ factor

Study compared fatalities and injuries at sites where safety cameras were positioned against locations which did not have a camera present. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

New Department of Transport research presented at conference

Palestinian Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek and his wife Rania Abdallah with Lisa Nolan from Kinvara during their visit to the farmers’ market in the Co Galway village, where a ban on Israeli goods is in place in opposition to the killing of children in Gaza. Photograph:Joe O’Shaughnessy

Businesses in south Galway village gave overwhelming support

Inis Mór twins Macha and Surnaí Ó Maoldhia during an eco-tour of the island on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Downes.

Islanders aim to be energy independent by 2022 and want to show others the way

Drawing on early memories is proving to be very effective in clinical trials.

New study on benefits of reminiscing led by NUI Galway

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is being urged  to discuss Andrew Lydon’s case with the HSE “to see what can be done to assist him and to extend his life expectancy”.

Computer programmer with motor neurone disease seeking support for tracheostomy procedure

Fiona Tiernan  founded the Plurabelle Paddlers, Ireland’s first dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors.

Born: January 27th, 1963; Died: August 6th, 2014

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