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Maison de la Parthenaise

Vendée Va’a

The tenth edition of the Vendée Va’a is coming to the Sables d’Olonne on 29 May-1 June. 6-person teams will be racing Polynesian canoes in the open sea, enabling them to prepare for the “Hawaiki nui va’a”, a major event in the cultural life of French Polynesia where canoe racing is considered the national sport. Across the weekend, events in the town will offer visitors an insight into the French Polynesian culture while the teams battle it out at sea. The men’s course is approximately 128km-long in three legs, each departing and returning to the beach at Sables d’Olonne while, for the first time, a women’s course covers 45km, again in three legs. See www. for the full programme of events.

15 & 16 JUNE 2019

Celtic Music & Dance


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After several years in the planning, work is due to start on the building project in the heart of the Gâtine at Châtillonsur-Thouet. Bringing together the offices of key organisations and incorporating a store and two restaurants as well as a breeding station, the aim is to support the emblematic cattle of the region. Creating 25 jobs, the budget of nearly 8 million euros has been funded by the region and local organisations. From only 5,000 cattle in the 1970s, the breed now numbers 50,000 and its popularity continues to grow. One of the oldest breeds in France, the Parthenaise has recently become popular in Ireland as they are able to withstand all seasons, have a robust immune system and great mothering abilities. However, the building work is currently under debate as the site covers regulated wetlands and is close to the busy RN 149. A solution is being sought to keep the project on plan.

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