Local News

Galway expresses its horror at Christchurch massacre

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Galway city - officially, politically, and in the actions of individual people - has expressed its outrage at last week's terrorist attack in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead, while this evening, a vigil for the victims will take place in the Galway's Masjid Maryam mosque at 7.30pm.

A number of the women running for election in May's Local Elections (LtoR): Sharon Nolan (Som Dems), Clodagh Higgins (FG), Colette Connolly (Ind), Mairead Farrell (SF), Pauline O'Reilly and Martina O'Connor (Greens), and Terry O'Flaherty (Ind)

Politics

Why more women are needed in City Hall

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Irish politics needs more women. With the upcoming Local Elections, we are presented with a great opportunity to expand the number of women involved, especially as, currently, the national average of women’s representation at local councils is at 21 per cent.

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Érin Grant. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Shooting The Breeze

‘Plant-eating feminist hell-raiser’

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

At a time when our climate and very planet, are in danger due to reckless, profit-driven, human activity, it is good to know that among the younger generation there are people committed to finding healthier ways for us to live, both as individuals and as part of the broader, mutually-interdependent, ecosystem.

Old Galway

The Galway General Omnibus Company

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

The first regular public transport service in Galway was run by the Galway and Salthill Tramway Company which started business on October 1, 1879, and by 1885 was being used by in excess of 105,000 passengers per year. During World War I, most of the company’s best horses were commandeered by the British Army and there was more and more competition from motorised vehicles, so the tramway ceased trading in April 1918.

President Éamon de Valera and a large crowd at the unveiling of the Pádraic Ó Conaire’s statue at Eyre Square June 9 1935, nineteen years after the Easter Rising. He had admired his class mate’s wicked sense of humour and his romantic observations of rural people, written in a modern Irish style.  The ceremony was conducted as Gaeilge, and nationally broadcast on radio. The statue became Galway’s best-loved and the most photographed landmark.   .

Galway Diary

Galway Observer, May 27, 1922

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

“On Thursday night a crowd numbering several thousand assembled inside the Square, and two men set to work sawing at the base of life-size bronze monument of Lord Dunkellin, a brother of the notorious landlord, Lord Clanricarde of Portumna. In a scene reminiscent of the downfall of Saddam Hussain’s statue in Baghdad, shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a rope was fastened around Dunkellin’s neck, and with a mighty pull, down it fell amidst great applause.”

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