Local News

Farrell demands Irish Water publish latest payment rates

Tue, May 03, 2016

Claims by the acting Environment Minister Alan Kelly that payment rates to Irish water now stand at 70 per cent will only be confirmed when the controversial utility company publishes the latest payment figures - something it has so far failed to do.


Galway coach makes ‘transition’ at Merlin College

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Coláiste Mhuirlinne/ Merlin College, Doughiska, has announced the details of its transition year programme which begins in the school for the first time in September 2016. The school has also announced the appointment of John David Kearney as TY co-ordinator at Merlin College; Mr Kearney has also just recently been given the role as Galway U21 hurling coach.

Protesters burn a European Union flag during a protest in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, last year.


New government or none, the EU still calls the shots

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The most amusing observation concerning February's General Election results came from a satirical website. It ran a shock headline claiming health officials were deeply worried about a sharp rise in Alzheimer’s among the Irish population, as indicated by the doubling of support for Fianna Fáil.

Rita Ann Higgins. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Shooting The Breeze

'Maybe I am reaching further but I’m not an organised person!'

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

ONE OF the most popular events at this year’s Cúirt International Literature Festival was the appearance by Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins, at which she read from her terrific new collection, Tongulish, which has just been published by Bloodaxe.

Old Galway

Connacht Rugby

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The first team to represent Connacht in rugby played against Leinster on December 8 1885. At that time, the game in the west was played by just a few schools. In the city, it was really only UCG and the Grammar School who played with any regularity. By the beginning of the last century the Jes, the Bish, and St Mary’s were competing. The growth of the game was interrupted by World War I and by the War of Independence, but it improved a lot after the truce.

Pearse’s sister mMary Brigid was a talented musician and aspiring writer. She published two books during her lifetime, a novel entitled The Murphys of Ballystack, and The Home Life of Pádraig Pearse.
At the end of the biography she wrote: ‘My brother’s diary ends abruptly here. I am very sorry that it has ended; for I have a curious blank feeling, as if some pleasant confidential voice had suddenly grown silent.’
Mary Brigid’s behaviour could often be eccentric, and it would seem that she may have had mental health problems over the course of her life.
She became increasingly estranged from her surviving sister Margaret, following the death of their mother. They quarrelled over the publication of The Home-Life of Pádraig Pearse. 
(The above quote is taken from Patrick Pearse - A Life in Pictures, by Brian Crowley, published by Mercier History 2013).

Galway Diary

A family visit to Ros Muc

Thu, Mar 31, 2016

I have been asked how did Pádraig Pearse travel to Ros Muc in the first place, surely it was a burdensome task to get there from Dublin. He had no car, but a bicycle which he kept at his cottage.

Eamon Ó Cuív celebrating his re-election at Election 2016. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Election 2016

Fianna Fáil to abandon Oranmore in hunt for two seats at next election?

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Will we have another election in a few months' time, or will Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael drop the posturing, realise there is more important work to be done than paying defference to their Civil War legacies, and come to some kind of governmental arrangement?

National News

It heartens me to see to many people out running, says legend Sonia ahead of Galway visit

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Sonia O’Sullivan will headline an event in the Salthill Hotel next Wednesday as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of Irish Schools Athletics.


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