Galway goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty clears the ball upfield in the 1964 All-Ireland defeat of Kerry,at a jam-packed Croke Park the county's first title in their legendary three-in-a-row triumphs. Players frequently wore caps in those days and, as well as the goalie, Galway's Sean Meade is also sporting one. Other players in the photo are Tom Lowry and Mick O'Dwyer of Kerry and Enda Colleran of Galway.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Fined for driving At Galway Petty Sessions, Mrs. Julia Dowling, Ballinasloe, was charged under the Petrol Restrictions Order for using petrol in going to the Galway Races on the 1st August, contrary to the Order...
Damian Browne.

Addicted to adventure

Lifestyle - Former professional rugby player Damian Browne has found a new focus for his energies –  extreme sports. As he prepares for his greatest challenge yet, a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean,...
Country Living with Francis Farragher There is always something mildly melancholic about the second half of September with its series of hints that we have at last bade farewell to summer days. The GAA championship season draws to an end . . . the autumnal equinox falls around the 21st or 22nd day of the month . . . the corn has been harvested . . . out the country the turf sheds are loaded up for the Winter season . . . and the dreaded Christmas word tends to get mentioned in the same breath as parties and hangovers. John Keat’s opening lines in his ode To Autumn, about ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, and ‘close bosom friend of the maturing sun’ seem to capture the atmosphere of the month, with September always delivering a rich crop of apples and wild fruits. It is the month of farewells too, as the swallows who have flown in and out of sheds within a millimetre of our temples all summer long, start to assemble on the telephone wires with plump bellies ready for their trip to the warmer climes of South Africa. Their arrival last April heralded the start of the summer and there’s a long tradition in rural Ireland of never disturbing a swallow’s nest as their lodging periods in our sheds and barns is regarded as a sign of good luck. True, they do deposit their marks behind them, and through this summer in my own neck of the woods, they were even bolder than normal, winging their way in through half-open bedroom windows before leaving a little reminder behind them that they had called. Those small irritations apart though, they are the most wonderful of creatures and their loyalty in flying back to us every Spring from the southern hemisphere is a truly awesome gift of nature. This week the National Ploughing Championships will have come and gone and their location on the calendar through the third week of September is no coincidence. They are timed to coincide with the end of the harvesting season when the labours of the long days have been completed and the feed supplies have been stored safely away for the Winter season to come. For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

A search for solace as we bid farewell to our season of light

Country Living with Francis Farragher There is always something mildly melancholic about the second half of September with its series of hints that we have at last bade farewell to summer days. The GAA championship...
To win just once: Galway players and supporters share the joy of winning an All-Ireland final after 29-years a-waiting. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Facing into the West without those bleak September blues

Country Living with Francis Farragher IF you’re a Galway GAA supporter or indeed a Mayo Gaelic football fan, returns to the West, have often been lonesome affairs during the month of September. At that time...
Surgeon and psychotherapist Brendan Harding: “I’ve been in great pain and I know people will get dependent on you for a while,” he says. “It may be because they couldn’t depend on their parent as a child.” Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Healer of body and mind

Lifestyle - Doctor and psychotherapist Brendan Harding to share stories of pain and suffering at Clifden Arts Festival. But mostly it’s about connecting with our deeper selves, he tells Judy Murphy Compassion and consciousness are...
Members of Dunmore ICA who received their Home Nursing Certificates in the Sharavogue Ballroom in May 1972. Seate: Mary Gilmore, Julia Jennings, May Byrne (president), Marie Burke (instructress), Beatrice Casby, Bridget Donlon, and Mary McNamara. Back: Patricia Hannon, Mary Mullen, Julia Concannon, Bea Cullinane, Teresa Comer, Maura Lyons, Dolores McDonagh, Margaret Reddington, and Agnes Boyle.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 6-year-old witness At Ballinasloe Petty Sessions, Mr. W. Hastings summoned Mr. J.A. Butler for taking a “Western News” from his premises on the 1st inst. Complainant: I would very respectfully ask, before proceeding with the case,...


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