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After seven years of presidency, he’s still our Michael D

It comes as little surprise that Michael D Higgins has declared his intention to contest the presidency of Ireland for a second term - some 52 years since the incumbent Eamon de Valera won a second term before leaving leaving office at 90 years of age.

‘The most malignant man in Irish history’

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Week IV

A ‘strange, wonderful bond’ between Ireland and Hungary

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Week III

A ‘strange, wonderful bond’ between Ireland and Hungary

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Week III

Irish classes for adults and children on Inis Meáin

Coláiste Gaeilge Inis Meáin is enrolling Irish language students, both children and adults, this summer.

Learn Irish in Inis Meáin this summer

Coláiste Gaeilge Inis Meáin is enrolling Irish language students, both children and adults, this summer.

‘I have lost everything except my sense of humour’

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Week II

TB epidemic - getting the message across

It is no coincidence that the Regional (now the University College) Hospital and Merlin Park opened almost simultaneously in the mid 1950s. The Old Central Hospital, which had opened in 1922, became unfit for purpose, mainly due to overcrowding, and the difficulty accommodating long stay tuberculosis patients. Tuberculosis, or TB, was, in the early decades of the 20th century, at epidemic proporations. The same year that the Central Hospital opened, the same year as the foundation of our State, there were 4,614 deaths from TB; 611 were children under 15 years.

Health services struggle during war years

From the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s Galway medical services were on the verge of collapse. The situation at the Central Hospital was particularly chaotic. By 1933 the hospital had a nominal 317 acute beds but overcrowding soon became a permanent feature of the general and medical wards. In March 1938 the number of patients exceeded the beds by 10, with 251 in general wards, 52 in the fever, and 24 in maternity. It was common practice to accommodate patients on mattresses laid out between the beds.

Rita Duffy’s historico-satirical Souvenir Shop

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TOMORROW, THE artist Rita Duffy’s inspired, witty, and thought-provoking exhibition/installation The Souvenir Shop, opens its doors in Number 9 Henry Street, in Galway’s historic West End.

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