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Ford has produced its 10 millionth Mustang, which, it says, is America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight.
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.
ALL-CONQUERING Galway ‘Celt-grass’ combo We Banjo 3 have released their fifth album, Haven, which is garnering great reviews from critics. The Irish Times has enthused over "Enda Scahill’s brilliantly metronomic banjo, which trades notes with brother Fergal’s sweeping fiddle and Martin Howley’s sparkling mandolin"; Glide magazine found the album "exuberant, enthralling and imbued with emotion"; and The Country Note hailed it as "a stellar album from start to finish".
Plans are already in full motion for Athlone's 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade. To kick off the event there will be a half way to Paddy’s Day American style BBQ on Friday August 10 at 6pm in the Bounty Rugby Club. Tickets are €10.
This was Seapoint Corner c1865. The buildings we see, running from the left, are Prospect Lodge; Corrig View; Elm View; Prairie House with the balcony, which was built 1855-1861 by Colman O’Donohoe who had obviously spent some time in America; Beachmount; Villa Marina, which had the sign Michael Horan, Grocer over the door; Sunnyside Lodge; Seapoint House; then a gap which led into Seapoint Terrace; and finally, the thatched building which was George Fallon’s Baths. The sign on his gable read Hot Baths and Bathing, No Refunds and his family operated the baths business at least from 1855 to 1894
When a Mayo nurse suffered with bad morning sickness during two pregnancies, the only ‘cure’ she could find came from America — now she is bringing the solution to other expectant mothers in Ireland.
On the eve of the Great Famine there was a terrible scandal in Kinvara, Co Galway. William Burke, who had served as a Catholic priest for 13 years, announced to his congregation that he was leaving the church and becoming Protestant. The people were so angry that about 2,000 pursued his carriage and hurled abuse at him. Two other clergymen and police protection were required to keep him safe.
In an age where we do not have to leave the country to sample the food delights of Europe, Asia, America, and Africa, there is something that warms the heart and fills the stomach with happiness and comfort that only traditional Irish cuisine can offer. From the mighty breakfast bap to the humble potato pancake of boxty, it is impossible never to be left with anything but satisfaction with these homely delicacies
It is not surprising that any child with imagination, and an interest in the sea, would spend time at the city’s harbour watching the ships come and go, and the men who worked there as they talked and unloaded fish or cargo. As a child Kathleen Curran, once the home chores were done, would run down the back paths from her home on College Road and along Lough Atalia to the docks. ‘There she would stand and gaze in wonder at the ships, boats and trawlers, hookers and gleoteóigs tied up or coming and going about their business.’
The ‘Alcock and Brown 100’ Festival to celebrate the centenary next year of one of the greatest feats of early aviation — the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history, completed by John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown in 1919, was launched this week in Dublin.