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They say the Germans invented the Christmas as we know it and thousands of us flock to their cities for its winter traditional markets while we try to replicate them at home.
Last month Galway Diary explored the sham legend that grew around the so-called ‘Empty frame’ on the wall of the Lynch’s Chapel, or Lady’s chapel, in the historic St Nicholas’ Collegiate church. The late Canon George Quinn pronounced that this was the very frame in which the Bishop of Clonfert, Walter Lynch’s sacred icon of the Madonna and Child once hung, before he was forced to flee just before the arrival of Cromwell’s soldiers in April 1652.
Athlone is mourning the death of well-known local chef Michael Talty, whose body was retrieved from the River Shannon on Sunday.
Perhaps I should start this interview with a disclaimer; despite our shared surname novelist Eimear McBride and I are entirely unrelated. Nor indeed, just for future reference, have I any connection to rugby great Willie John McBride, country star Big Tom McBride, or Brit-bashing ballad hero Arthur McBride.
By the 16th century Galway was a compact, well laid out town with handsome buildings. The wealth of the Tribal families, built up over decades of canny and adventurous trade, was reflected in their luxurious homes; fragments of which, in delicate carved limestone, remain around the old town.
One of Galway’s most enduring, most enjoyable, and most enjoyed institutions is the community based musical group, St Patrick’s Brass Band. The band was founded in Forster Street in 1896 and they have been entertaining Galwegians since.
Galwegians' division one credentials will be tested by Old Belvedere when they return to Dublin for their third Ulster Bank League division one challenge on Saturday (2.30pm).