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Salthill began to really liven up with the arrival of the Dublin to Galway train in 1851. Holidaymakers arrived at the resort in some style. Trains were met at the station by horse-drawn ‘cars’ or ‘buses’ which went out directly to the seaside.
Lady Mary Heath was a famous pioneering pilot. She was born in Knockaderry near Newcastle West, Co Limerick, in 1896. She was an accomplished sportswoman who helped introduce women’s track events to the Olympics. The 1920s was an era when the world seemed to have gone aviation mad, thanks to the exploits of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. In 1927, Lady Mary became the first woman to hold a commercial licence in Britain, the first woman to parachute out of an aircraft, and the first pilot to fly a small open-cockpit plane from Cape Town to London. She set records for altitude in a small plane. For much of the 1920s she was one of the best known women in the world, brave, determined, and accomplished.
Last month, the Minister for Health announced a programme of action to implement the report of the Special Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, on which I served as the only member from Connacht.
Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte says Fine Gael has a lot to answer for when it comes to the closure of 18 rural post offices in the county.
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon has called for the development of an initiative in Galway similar to the Dublin`s Talking Statues project which would enable tourists to receive a phone call from the characters depicted in the statues in the city and county.
Over the weekend of the Papal visit, the country saw a number of counter movements come to the fore. Possibly the two most prominent of these was the Tuam Vigil led by Catherine Corless, and the Stand 4 Truth event help in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin city centre.
The only topic to begin this week is the Pope. There are so many emotions swirling around that it is difficult to focus exactly on what happened and how it will affect Ireland.
With the All Ireland final between Dublin and Tyrone taking centre stage at the weekend there is a break in the Westmeath Senior Football Championship.
Widely revered as one of Ireland’s finest interpreters of song, Seán Tyrrell is in the Town Hall Theatre studio next week with Message of Peace, his celebration of Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890).
A HIGHLIGHT of the Town Hall’s autumn programme is the September visit of the Abbey Theatre with its rollicking stage adaptation of Ken Loach's critically acclaimed film, Jimmy’s Hall.