The funeral of Fr Peter Dooley, Parish Priest of the united parishes of St Patrick’s and the Abbey from 1869 to his death in 1911. The funeral is pictured passing down the western side of Eyre Square. Born at Culliagh near Headford in 1836, Fr Dooley was a man of the people. He was instrumental in helping to found the Galway Woollen Mills in Newtownsmyth, as well as a hosiery factory in Francis Street, both giving much-needed employment to the area. He built the Temperance Hall in Lombard Street, and provided much social housing in the Woodquay and Sickeen areas of the city without any government aid.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Blown to atoms About half-past five on Friday afternoon, the shock of what appeared to be a terrific explosion a considerable distance off was heard in Galway. It shook windows and doors, and many people...

Safe – but still living in fear

Lifestyle -  Thousands of miles from home, people in Direct Provision are appreciative of what Ireland has done for them but deeply frustrated by restrictions that prevent them from cooking and working. Ciaran Tierney...
The choppers fill the skies at Ballybrit Racecourse in August, 2003, during the build-up to the peak of 'The Tiger Era'. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

‘Mutual confidence’ returns as Tiger Cub starts to prowl

Country Living with Francis Farragher Happiness and riches don’t always go hand-in-hand but to quote an old saying I heard from my late father: “Money mightn’t be everything but it does help you to enjoy...
Some of the Discover Oughterard committee members (from left): Sinéad Grimes, Patricia Tuck and Tommy Tuck. The other committee members are Niall Walsh, Henry Keogh, Paul Naessens, Henry Keogh, David Luskin and Rory Clancy

Fledgling festival finds its feet

Lifestyle - Trails Festival puts the focus on Oughterard’s scenery, history and wildlife.  Judy Murphy hears how a neglected area intends to put itself on the tourist map. “I wanted to organise a festival that...
Cicero: Knew all the tricks to enjoy old age but never managed to get there himself.

A little advice from Cicero in charting the way ahead

Country Living with Francis Farragher My little dissertation a couple of weeks back on the trials and tribulations of reaching a certain milestone in terms of advancing years, has inspired some anonymous contributor to send...
Pictured at the annual dinner of Company 16th Battalion FCA in the Central Hotel , Loughrea, on St Patrick's Day, 1967.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Pinned beneath car While driving at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning, near Costello Bay with Mr. Rodgers, Divisional Officer of Coastguards, James Brennan, car driver, of Rosemary Lane, Galway, was pinned underneath his car, which...


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