Ciaran and Gerry Devaney, who have been selling Galway flags, bunting and hats in the glorious maroon and white for fifty four years at their stall in Eyre Square, are hoping there will be some flags left for Liam MacCarthy's return on Monday.  Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

Local News

Hurling fever grips Galway

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Hurling fever has taken hold of Galway as the county prepares to tackle Limerick in this Sunday's decider at Croke Park, when Micheál Donoghue's senior men travel to Dublin, looking to secure back-to-back titles for the first time since 1988.

His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Imre de Habsbourg-Lorraine of Austria, with his wife, Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, with their daughters Maria-Stella and Magdalena.

Shooting The Breeze

'We feel no nostalgia for the imperial era'

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Galway will host European royalty on Tuesday August 21, when His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre de Habsbourg-Lorraine of Austria, will participate in a ceremony at Galway Cathedral honouring his great-grandfather, Blessed Karl of Austria, who, as Karl I, was the last Habsburg Emperor.


Old Galway

The art of hurling

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

In the year 1527, it was decreed in one of the Galway Statutes that “At no time to use ne occupy ye hurling of ye little balle with the hookie sticks or staves, nor use no hand balle to play without the walls, but only the great foot balle”. It seems the authorities of the day were trying to limit the playing of hurling, but they might as well have tried to hold back the tide.

Grattan Road, but note its Irish name: Bóthar na Ndeich Bpinn, a ‘ten-penny-a- day road’ paid to the men who built it.

Galway Diary

Salthill - ‘One of the nicest localities in the Kingdom.’

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Salthill was a quiet fishing village, existing independently from Galway town, until the Victorian obsession for health and fresh air eventually came to the west of Ireland. Invigorating salt-sea baths, salt-water showers, and, as I mentioned in former weeks, confined bathing opportunities for women; but where men could hire togs for some manly swimming and diving. By 1828 it was noted that there were 40 to 50 neat lodges along its sea shore, where there were only two or three a few years before.


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