Galway was en fete for the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to the city in 1903. This photo from the National Library of Ireland collection was taken as the large crowds dispersed some time after the royal couple had passed through the town centre on their way to Galway Docks where the Royal Yacht awaited them. On left a carriageman awaits the return of his employer.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 A courageous act Eye witnesses of the incident are loud in their praise of the action of Constable Carragy, of Eglinton-st. barracks, who on Saturday evening was instrumental in saving the life of a young...
The lure is still the same . . . The late Seán Purcell leads Galway in the parade before their 1959 All-Ireland final encounter with Kerry in front of a packed Croke Park. (Photo from Galway GAA website. 1956 Photographs courtesy Sean Keeley).

Mecca beckons for pilgrims whose dreams never die

Country Living with Francis Farragher At this stage, it’s seems more like a kind of pilgrimage . . . another trip along the road and this time to the county of William Butler Yeats and...
Jennifer Rose McMahon: “Four years ago, I sat down and said ‘I’m going to get this done’,” she says of how she put order on the ideas that had been swirling around “in my head for 20 years”.

Dreams inspire trilogy of novels

Lifestyle - Judy Murphy talks to Boston author Jennifer Rose McMahon who uses her intimate knowledge of Galway as the setting for her debut novel called Bohermore which weaves history and fantasy Bohermore – or...
Dessie O'Brien at the counter of his unique shop in Kilrickle. “I don’t see our customers as locals, they are friends,” he says. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Step back in time

Lifestyle - Judy Murphy visits a shop/pub in Kilrickle which has barely changed in the past century and features a treasure trove of relics from a bygone age. When Dessie O’Brien stands outside his shop...
Some things never change: weather conditions appear to have dampened the spirits at the Shanaglish sports in September 1967.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Decrease in serious crime Speaking from the official document furnished to him by those in command of the police, “who, of all others, have the best and most accurate means of knowledge”, Mr. Justice Kenny,...

Trying to avoid the world of sweaty gyms and hard jogs

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s quite amazing how an occasional bit of back trouble can focus the mind and make you appreciate greatly how it feels when all the simple and normal and physical...


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