Local News

New Inn gets ready for 2015 Mummers Festival

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

THE 2015 New Inn Mummers Festival, the 37th annual staging of this celebration of Irish culture, music, song, dance, and storytelling, takes place in the New Inn Leisure Centre on Saturday January 3 and Sunday 4.

Eamonn Kelly.

Shooting The Breeze

‘People should stay rather than emigrate, it’s too convenient for the Establishment for them to go away’

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

In these times of ongoing austerity, looming water charges, and general disaffection, God knows we could all do with a laugh. Let us raise our glasses therefore, in thanks and salutation, to writer Eamonn Kelly who delivers guffaws a-plenty in The Franz Kafka Centre for the Uninvolved, newly e-published and ready for download to a Kindle near you.

Old Galway

High Street facades

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Galway Grammar School was founded by Erasmus Smith about 1667 in a temporary premises and it moved to High Street about 1684. An entry in the records for January 22 1684 reads: “That Dr. John Coghill be desired to write unto Mr. Patrick Mains in Gallaway that he will more particularly inspect the house there belonging unto Sir Robert Ward concerning the necessary repairs to make it convenient for a school and a commodious dwelling for the schoolmaster and usher and for boarders lodgings that it will amount to.”

Politics

‘This Government resembles a substitute teacher who cannot control the class’

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

In a famous speech in 1992 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth referred to having just endured ‘an annus horribilis’. Well at Christmas 2014 any member of the Irish Government could make the very same statement.

Looking towards Dillon’s ‘Dublin Time’ clock  on William Street in the 1950s.

Galway Diary

Ghosts of Galway’s past

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

One of the mysteries of Galway is that curious phrase under the west facing clock on the Galway Camera Shop on William  Street, which says: Dublin Time. The fact that now the clock shows ordinary winter time only adds to the mystery. But not so long ago Galwegians, delighting in the longer days of sunlight than in the east of the country, and displaying an oddity that makes living in Galway a pleasure, set their clocks a full eleven and an half minutes behind Dublin. However, trains had to run to a standardised timetable otherwise transport chaos would ensue. The timetable was set at Dublin time (linked, like the rest of the civilised world, to Greenwich Mean Time), so  as Galwegians hurried to the station they could glance at the clock, and probably have to put on speed (perhaps Galway Time explains why most meetings here are usually 11 minutes late?).

Education

CELTA opens doors to an English teaching career

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Teaching English as a foreign language, or TEFL, is a popular choice among graduates who want to go travelling or people wishing to change career.

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