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Celebrate the life of writer Walter Macken

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WALTER MACKEN, one of Galway’s most famous writers, was born 100 years ago this May, and An Taibhdhearc and Galway’s West End community will hold commemorative events.

Cúirt Fringe to remember Nora Crubs - “Galway’s first nightclub”

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NORA CRUBS, a one time Quay Street venue, described by some as “Galway’s first nightclub” will be remembered and celebrated at an event at the Cúirt Fringe next week.

Explore Galway’s Buildings in stone with the new guidebook

A new guidebook has been published by NUI Galway’s discipline of Earth and Ocean Science highlighting the wide variety of local and imported natural stone used in Galway City's buildings.

Education is exciting, but probably better to leave the Minister at home

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Ms Avril Forrest took her first religion class in the Jes when the school chaplain Fr Derek Cassidy was on sick leave. Famine in Africa, and how the West should respond, was the issue of the day. The class unanimously insisted that the Vatican should sell all its assets, and give the money to relieve world hunger.

Coláiste Iognáid - ‘Was it Eton or Stowe?’

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In any war propaganda is a useful weapon. In World War II both the Allies, and the combined Axis powers used broadcasting, leaflet dropping, false information contained in dead men’s briefcases, diaries, fake military manoeuvres, or through clever counter espionage, to discourage and demoralise the enemy. There were many spectacular successes; but the one that really annoyed the British was the voice of William Joyce, broadcasting almost nightly from Reichssender Hamburg radio. He became known as Lord Haw Haw, a much hated figure.

Galway’s Quincentennial, 1984

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On January 1 1984, President Patrick Hillery officially launched the Quincentennial, a year long celebration of 500 years of civic independence unique in western Europe. In 1484, a number of Galwegian merchants persuaded King Richard III to grant the city a charter which made the town a mayoral city. In the same year Pope Innocent VIII granted them the power to nominate their own warden and priests.

Galway celebrates its heritage

Guided tours of Renmore Barracks and mediaeval Galway, classes in set dancing, and a lecture on the cosmos take place in Galway city as part of Heritage Week 2013.

Galway celebrates its heritage

Guided tours of Renmore Barracks and mediaeval Galway, classes in set dancing, and a lecture on the cosmos take place in Galway city as part of Heritage Week 2013.

‘If you want an anti-toxin for humbug, you will get it from the artist’

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In 1968 Des Kenny, a Galway bookseller, was preparing to open a commercial art gallery in Salthill, the first of its kind outside Dublin. He needed a star artist for its opening night. He made an unusual choice, and invited Seán Keating. Had he invited Keating 30 or 40 years previously he would have invited a giant of his trade. Then Keating was regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest painters who had, in large canvases, mythologised the fighting men of the War of Independence, and the builders and engineers of the great Ardnacrusha project; the harnessing of the Shannon’s energy to power the fledging Irish Free State. In 1968, however, he admitted to Kenny ‘ I am dead as far as the art world is concerned’.

Local historians ensure Galway’s cultural identity thrives

The work of five local historians have contributed enormously to the ‘cultural capital’ on which Galway’s vitality and identity continues to thrive, according to Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Professor of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

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