Brian and Luke Comer. Pic: Mike Shaughnessy

Local News

The Comer brothers — the gift that keeps on giving for Galway FC

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The billionaire Glenamaddy brothers who are funding Galway FC to the tune of €300,000 over a three year period said this week they plan to extend their sponsorship of the city based League of Ireland side in the future.

Old Galway

The Jesuit church

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

On this day, July 31, in 1863, “The new Church of St Ignatius on the Sea Road in the vicinity of the city was dedicated by the Most Rev Dr McEvilly, Lord Bishop of Galway. Sea Road is one of the most fashionable and frequented thoroughfares in the suburbs of our city. The Church, which was commenced in 1861, is now complete with the exception of the organ, altar and some minor internal decorations; and we have no doubt the zeal of the faithful will only require such a desirable opportunity of enabling the Jesuit Fathers, whose excellent judgement in these matters is fully acknowledged, to complete the required improvements, and that nothing shall be wanted which the good taste of the architect can suggest to make everything perfect. The Church is built of hammered limestone ashlar work in courses. The south gable, or principal front, the spire and the quoins, dressings etc, being finely punched and the depths of the jambs and arches of the principal doors and windows, which are richly moulded, adds greatly to its appearance. The Church, which is Gothic in style, is in the form of a Latin Cross, 115 feet in extreme length, 36 feet wide and 70 feet across the transepts, 56 to the ridge and 110 to the top of the spire”.

Gerry and Caroline Kenny at Kenny's Bookbindery, Galway. Photograph by David Ruffles

Galway Diary

Forty years a-binding, and more to come

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

An extraordinary row on the Late Late Show, 17 years ago, had a positive impact on a small Galway business struggling for survival. ‘A very attractive lady,’ Siubhan Maloney, called into Kenny’s Book Bindery, located in Salthill at the time, and told Gerry Kenny that she was a contestant in the Late Late’s Antique Show. She was re-upholstering an old chair, which included a small shelf. She wanted to see how to re-cover an old book in highly decorated leather, which would sit into the shelf. Jerry was happy to show her how it was done. First of all the pages are handsewn together, then clamped and trimmed ready for gold foil, which is applied with heat. This prevents the pages becoming dusty.

Ambra Porcedda

Shooting The Breeze

The Sardinian who loves the Galway rain

Thu, Jul 17, 2014

“I decided to be a proper writer because of Galway. It gave me the power and belief to do things. I hope to move here and spend more time in the city. There is nothing like Galway - I even love when it rains here.”

‘There will be much fanfare over Joan Burton’s leadership, the Cabinet reshuffle, and an opportunity to loosen the purse strings as the budgetary position improves - but much of the damage has already been done.’

Politics

As FG/Labour support falls, is re-election plausible?

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Last Friday saw much fanfare in the USA, and among Irish-based Americans, for the Independence Day celebrations, but in Ireland a dominant theme of political discourse - even close to two months after the local the European elections - is more of Independents’ Day.

We would like to wish good luck to the full time CIDESCO students who will be undergoing their CIDESCO examinations at the end of this month.

Education

Georgina Price College of Beauty Therapy courses commencing summer 2014

Thu, May 15, 2014

The Georgina Price College of Beauty, Galway is currently enrolling for its summer 2014 schedule of classes. The college received a 100 per cent CIDESCO success rate in the examinations held at the college last June.

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