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Pleased with his friendly reception in Dublin in 1903, His Majesty King Edward VII determined to visit the wilds of Connemara and Kerry. Such a visit presented a number of problems for Dublin Castle, not least was security at a time when nationalism was rearing its head, and seldom lost an opportunity to express itself by demostrations and protests. I learn something of these concerns from a delightful book Memories: Wise and Otherwise. by The Rt Hon Sir Henry Robinson, Bart, KCB. (Published by Cassell and Co, London, 1923). Robinson was head of the Local Government Board in Ireland, and a man, who in the tradition of Somerville and Ross, saw humour in the Irish character, and indeed in the efforts of Britain to maintain control in Ireland.
DJS, MUSICIANS, and music journalists will spin favourite 7” vinyl records in the Róisín Dubh next week in support of gay marriage and in aid of the YesEquality campaign.
Knockmore’s shining equestrian star Michael G Duffy is certainly a man with a plan.
Unfortunately for some folk, the minor grade will always be an after thought, something they will catch the last 20 minutes of before the big senior game.
Heritage Week, the national celebration of our history and heritage, starts on August 23 and some 60 events will take place throughout Galway city and county during the week. Below is a selection of the many free events taking place around County Galway during the week, for a full list of events see www.heritageweek.ie.
WASHINGTON’S KEEGAN Theatre touch down in the Town Hall next week with its much acclaimed staging of Aaron Sorkin’s military courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
Over 200 people gathered in Moore Old Cemetery outside Ballinasloe to honour two brothers who fought in WWI. Cpl Michael O’Connell, Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart, was killed on July 23, 1918 while drawing down fire from a German machine gun position during the First World War. Michael’s brother Cpl Martin O’Connell survived the First World War; however his son was killed on the island of Iowa Jima during the Second World War and received the Bronze Star.
The Hunting Lodge, Limerick Road, Oranmore, Co Galway, situated at the end of a tree-lined avenue surrounded by c.14 acres of land, together with a stable block, walled garden and orchard, all within one km of Oranmore village, has been brought to the market by Sherry FitzGerald.
When the smoke cleared at the Sabine Pass on September 8 1863, a narrow channel on the border between Texas and Louisiana, two Union ships, the USS Clifton and the USS Sachem, had their steam engines blown out. They had beached on the shallows, and had signalled their surrender. The remaining invasion fleet, and its 5,000 troops, had made a hasty retreat, giving an incredible victory to the 43 Irishmen at Fort Griffin.
As part of the In Humbert’s Footsteps Gathering Event, the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar is delighted to present ’98 Recalled, a unique and fascinating exhibition of distinctive and previously unseen artefacts (many from private collections) and associated information pertaining to the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland, and French General Humbert’s expedition in particular. The collection of artefacts includes a selection of 1798 pikeheads, a French bayonet discovered at site of Battle of Ballinamuck, and the hat and sword belonging to French Captain Truc (who was appointed Town Commander of Ballina by General Humbert). The exhibition is presented in association with the In Humbert’s Footsteps Gathering Event Castlebar Committee. The exhibition, which takes place in the Linenhall’s Theatre space, runs until Saturday, August 24.