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COLM Ó Gaora may not be as well known as other figures from that extraordinary period of Irish history between the foundation of the IRB and the creation of the Irish Free State, but he was an important figure nonetheless.
In an attempt to bring some normality into their lives following the traumatic years of the War of Independence, and the Civil War, Professor Tom Dillon, and his wife Geraldine (nee Plunkett), moved their five children to Dangan House, about three miles north of Galway town, close to the River Corrib. It is now a flourishing garden nursery, run by the busy Cunningham family and staff, but in the late 1920s it was a rambling two-storeyed manor house with shallow steps leading to a wide front door. Their father bought a cow, and chickens ran wild in the yard. In many ways it was an ideal home to bring up a lively young family, but understandably the terrors and the residue of those early years still bore heavily on the children. Politics was still a dominant player in their lives.
An NUI Galway Ryan Institute project will see 20 children’s books, written and illustrated by this year’s sixth class students of Galway Educate Together National School, reach global audiences through the EcoScience Writers in Schools project.
Residents on Inis Meáin are hopeful that the island’s national school will have a second teacher when it reopens for the academic year in September, following a meeting with public representatives in Dublin yesterday.
SONGS MY Mothers Taught Me, Alice Beams' one woman cabaret of music and story about love, loss and letting go, takes place in the Galway Mechanical Institute, Middle Street, as part of the Galway Fringe Festival.
THE TRAD lunchtime concerts have been a feature of the Galway International Arts Festival for more than 20 years, and this year boasts a superb line-up playing Monroe's Live - especially appealing for those who love trad fiddle - and it all kicks off on Thursday.
Galway’s newest school, Tuam Educate Together National School, is set to open in September.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was the special guest at an event in NUI Galway on Monday celebrating the prodigious career of Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Professor Emeritus in History.
FIVE YEARS after first wowing arts festival audiences with Political Mother, the Hofesh Schechter Company, one of the world’s leading dance troupes, makes a welcome return visit to the city with another thrilling production - DeGeneration.