Paddy McNamara.
The photos of Blackrock used for this article were taken between 2002 and 2016 and do NOT depict people swimming this week.

Local News

‘Use the time positively, you have time on your hands'

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

For many Galwegians, swimming in Blackrock is a way of life, a highlight of the week. During the early stages of the coronavirus restrictions, it was a vital means of exercise, while also being good for mental health during a stressful period.

Parkmore is one of the major traffic congestion spots in the city.


Is the N6 Ring Road the right solution to Galway's 'Carmaggedon'?

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus restrictions, Insider had been attending the An Bord Pleanála oral hearings at the g Hotel, examining evidence, for and against, the building a new city bypass. However, due to the coronavirus, the hearings have ben postponed until at least April 8.

Old Galway

An account book of the Dominicans in the Claddagh 1727-1738

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

In 1698, the Dominican Community in the Claddagh were dispersed and exiled under a general exile of religious orders but within a few years, three of the friars had returned. It was the time of the Penal Laws, but gradually the pressure on these fathers eased, thanks largely to the refusal of the mayor and sheriffs to implement the anti-Catholic mandate of the English government. The priests were back in the Claddagh, tolerated by the officials.

 A sketch by Jack B Yeats of a picnic tea at Coole, on a summer’s day, near the lake. Left to right: Robert Gregory’s horse ‘Sarsfield’, Lady Margaret Sackville, Robert, T A Harvey (Robert’s tutor, later Bishop of Cashel), and Jack’s wife Cottie (From A Guide to Coole Park by Colin Smythe).

Galway Diary

Hidden lives on a Galway tree

Thu, Apr 02, 2020

In April 1902 Augusta Lady Gregory was working hard at her home at Coole, translating from Irish the myths and legends of Ireland. Somebody had dubbed Coole ‘the workshop of Ireland’, and the phrase went straight to her heart. Her pride in it glows in her letters to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, her one-time lover and life-long friend, and admirer.*


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