Members of the Comnmittee of the Moycullen Branch of the Save The West Camapign after their meeting in the Parochial Hall, Moycullen, in November 1966, were, seated (from left): Mr. J. Regan, Miss Brigid Bohan, Dr. E. Scully, Miss I. Carter and Mr J. Cunningham. Standing (from left): Rev. Father G. Quinn, PP, Moycullen, Mr. J. Hoade, Mr. P. Burke, Mr. C. O'Donohoe, Sergeant W. Hoare, Mr. S. Donnellan, Mr. P. O'Riordan, Mrs. N. Hoare, Mr. P. Gavin, Mr. T. Faherty and Mr. M. Flannery.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 City potato supply The supply of potatoes coming into Galway during the week was a record one – in smallness. The supply on Saturday was below the normal, and on Wednesday morning only two loads...
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...

Elly happy to wear her heart on her sleeve

Ambitious singer-songwriter Elly O’Keeffe plays Monroe’s Live this Sunday, May 3. Elly is currently based in London, having moved there from her native Cork. “I moved here just over a year ago because I’m recording...
Boys who were Confirmed by the Bishop of Galway, Dr Michael Browne, in Kinvara in 1969.

Galway In Days Gone By

1918 Shooting Another shooting outrage occurred on Sunday night at Kilroe, Drumgriffin, near the residence of Mr. J.G. Alcorn, J.P. On the night, after ten o’clock, William Burke, steward in Mr. Alcorn’s employment, was returning from...
Rab Fulton: “I try and give perspective to the fairies and give them a voice; to treat them as real things,” he says. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Giving voice to the fairies

Lifestyle - Storyteller Rab Fulton’s new book for children gives a fascinating insight into the world of fairies. He is besotted by homegrown folklore as he tells Judy Murphy. “I’ve done a lot of research...
The GBC Restaurant, Williamsgate Street, Galway in 1972. The business is still thriving at this location. On the right can be seen the shell of the fire-ravaged Corbett's General Store which was gutted in a massive city centre blaze the previous year that covered six acres and caused £2m worth of damage to 26 premises.

Galway In Days Gone By

1918 Daring raids A series of daring raids for arms were made a few nights ago in the neighbourhood of Gort by a party of ten or twelve men, who were disguised and armed with guns...

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