Local News

Council to discuss ferry crisis as service shuts down until March

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

The Galway County Council is expected to discuss the ongoing impasse over ferry services to Inis Mór at its budget meeting this morning (Thursday). Councillors are expected to be asked to reduce the passenger levy on the service from 80c to 40c per passenger, and to scrap a €5 passenger fee for permanent residents on the island.

US president elect Donald Trump and his incoming chief strategist and Senior Counselor Steve Bannon.

Politics

May you live in interesting times

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Do you remember the late 1990s and early 2000s, that hubris filled era of post-Communism, new Labour and Blairism, the Celtic Tiger, and the free reign of unregulated, laissez faire capitalism, in short 'The End of History', and the seeming utter triumph of the Centre-right?

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Old Galway

Persse’s Distillery, Nuns Island

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

In 1840, the Joyce family offered their distillery at Galway for sale. It was described as follows: “That large and valuable distillery establishment at Nun’s Island, at presently occupied and worked by Messrs. James and Patrick Joyce. Within the walls that surround the distillery there is a mill to which there is a store capable of containing several thousand barrels of grain and two kilns, Queen’s warehouse spirit and barm store with various other offices and conveniences. The distillery contains a wash still of 5,000 gallons; a Low Wine still of 3,000 gallons; 3 brewing coppers fit to contain about 200 barrels each, 7 fermenting backs of 14,000 gallons each; One mash Kieve with machinery capable of mashing 200 barrels of grain, and a mill capable of grinding over that quantity daily.

Australia bound: Life in the Southern hemisphere must have seemed attractive after the experience of the Great Famine.

Galway Diary

More than eighty Galway girls emigrated on the ‘Earl Grey Scheme’

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Between 1848 and 1850 more than 4,000 adolescent female orphans emigrated from Irish workhouses to the Australian colonies arriving in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Their emigration become known as the ‘Earl Grey Scheme’ after its principle architect, Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time of the Great Famine, suggested the move, and organised its operation.

Kristin Hersh. Photo:- Peter Mellekas

Shooting The Breeze

'You have to take life seriously. It needs more respect than we give it'

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Kristin Hersh has a very definite memory of Galway, not the year, but of an experience of the city. “I played a festival here,” she recalls. “There were Japanese drummers, I was watching them at the Spanish Arch, with the sun setting. They were like trapeze artists, but without the trapeze. That’s my Galway.”

Arrabawn Co-op suppliers’ drive for greater efficiencies and profits have been boosted with the launch of a new ‘Milk for Profit’ programme in conjunction with Teagasc. Sean Monahan, Chairman, Arrabawn Co-op, Director of Teagasc, Prof Gerry Boyle, Aine O’Connell, Arrabawn Co-op,  John Dowd, Kilconly, Tuam, Charlie Whiriskey, Kiltullagh, Athenry, Conor Ryan, CEO Arrabawn Co-Op and Pat Clarke, Teagasc, Athenry at the launch of a new ‘Milk for Profit’ programme in conjunction with Teagasc.

National News

Two Galway monitor farms’ in Arrabawn network targeting greater profitability

Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Arrabawn Co-op suppliers’ drive for greater efficiencies and profits have been boosted with the launch of a new ‘Milk for Profit’ programme in conjunction with Teagasc.

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