Local News

Planning process begins on new Athenry fire station

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Within the next three months, Athenry will know if it is getting a new fire station, when a final decision is made on a planning application which was submitted this week.

Old Galway

Taaffe's of William Street

Wed, Aug 04, 2021

John J Taaffe and his wife Henrietta came to Galway in the mid-1920s from Co Cork. He had been associated with Bantry Woolen Mills which unfortunately went out of business when the factory was burnt down during the War of Independence. With his background in the textiles business, it was probably natural for John to set up a drapery shop at Number 12 William Street. As you can see from the beautiful Gaelic script on the façade, he was a fan of the Irish language. He and Henrietta had five children, Joseph, Eddie, Netta, Una, and Flo.

Galway Diary

A hero’s welcome in New York for first Galway Line ship

Wed, Aug 04, 2021

Week III
The unfortunate collision of the Indian Empire into the well marked Margaretta Rock in the middle of Galway Bay was a blow to the newly established Galway Line. But by no means was it a knockout. Galway’s vaulting ambition to open a new ‘highway between the old and new worlds’ took on an even more determined energy. The exploitation of steam-power, driving ever bigger ships and faster trains, led to wild speculation as to what could be achieved even from Galway, in the middle of the 19th century.


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