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Episode 96 - Joe Young's Mineral Water and The Siege of Clifden

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, January 25, 2023 | 27:57

In this episode, Tom is looking at Joe Young's Mineral Water Company, an old Galway business. Ronnie is still looking at the civil war, and this time going into the siege of Clifden . listen

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Episode 95 - Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club and The Irish Civil War

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 26:04

In this episode, Tom is looking at Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club founded in 1864. listen

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Episode 94 - Salthill and Galway Fox Stories

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 33:20

Tom - Upper Salthill, a bird’s eye view, c1945 listen

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Episode 93 - Galway Referee and The Sisters of Mercy in Crimea part 2

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 26:43

In this episode, Tom is looking at the life of Galway Referee John Keady. Ronnie is still looking at the order of nuns from Galway, the Sisters of Mercy, who went to the war in Crimea to help the wounded. listen

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Episode 92 - Liam Mellows and The Sisters of Mercy in Crimea

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 35:06

In this week's Old Galway Diary episode, Ronnie looks at enigmatic republican Liam Mellows on the centenary of his death, meanwhile Tom looks at Florence Nightingale, the famous 'Lady of the lamp'. listen

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Episode 91 - Starvation Riots 1842 and Irish Famine 1817

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 28:20

Tom talks about The Galway Starvation Riots and Ronnie discusses how a band of doctors saved Galway from typhus wipe-out (Week II) listen

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Episode 90 - Galwegian Rugby Club Centenary and Irish Famine 1740

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 23, 2022 | 28:20

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Glaswegian Rugby Club who is celebrating its centenary this year. listen

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Episode 89 - The Salmon Weir Bridge and Moycullen Mayhem Part III

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 28:33

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Salmon Weir Bridge as it is being gifted a new little pedestrian bridge along side it shortly. Ronnie is still looking at the Mayhem in Moycullen from the 1800's that he started two weeks ago. listen

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Episode 88 - Galway Shawl and Moycullen Mayhem Part II

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 24:54

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Galway shawl. Ronnie is still looking at the Mayhem in Moycullen from the 1800's that he started last week. listen

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Episode 87 - Cloak and Moycullen Mayhem Part I

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 2, 2022 |

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Cloak in Galway. Ronnie is looking at an old court report from the 1800s in Moycullen. A very unusual case with a drunk Doctor. listen

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Episode 86 - Liam Mellows and Pádraic Ó Máille & Halloween

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 27:20

Tom - War of Friends, Liam Mellows and Pádraic Ó Máille listen

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Episode 85 - Oranmore & Lord Haw Haw part III

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 26:58

Ronnie continues to look at famous Galway Nazi Willam Joyce also known as Lord Haw Haw. listen

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Episode 84 - Salerno & Lord Haw Haw part II

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 33:40

Tom looks at 60 years of Salerno and Ronnie continues to look at famous Galway Nazi Willam Joyce also known as Lord Haw Haw. listen

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Episode 83 - Galway Woollen Mills & Lord Haw Haw

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | 30:36

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of Galway Woollen Mills in Newtown Smith. listen

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Episode 82 - Galway Hosiery & Final part of Mitchell Henry

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 30:51

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of an old Galway business, ' Galway Hosiery'. He reads from a former Employees time working in the business. listen

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Episode 81 - O'Donnellan and Joyce & Parnell and Mitchell Henry

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 31:36

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the legendary Galway auctioneers O'Donnellan and Joyce. listen

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Episode 80 - TB in Galway & Mitchell Henry

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 31:10

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of TB in Galway and Galway man Noel Brown who was a huge part in treating the awful illness. listen

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Episode 79 - Galway Horse Fair & Kylemore Abbey

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 28:12

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Galway horse fairs. Ronnie is looking at the building of Kylemore Abbey. listen

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Episode 78 - Hurling & The Royals Visit The West

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 37:46

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of hurling in the country and the county. listen

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Episode 77 - Shantalla & The Wildes Go West

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 26:11

In this episode, Tom is looking at Shantalla and back to school. listen

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Episode 76 - The Well of St. Enda & The Trial of Dr Wilde

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | 35:02

In this episode, Tom is looking at St. Endas Well in Barna and the history of Holy Wells in the county . listen

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Episode 75 - Galway Steamers & Dr Wilde, census and tragedy.

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 27:50

In this episode, Tom is looking at the long history of Steamer ships in Galway Bay . Ronnie is talking about Dr Wilde, father of Oscar, who was a hugely important figure in Irish history but his life was rife with tragedy. listen

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Episode 74 - Mutton Island & The Cross of Cong

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | 27:42

In this episode, Tom is looking at the long history of Mutton Island. Ronnie is talking about the Cong Cross and its fascinating history which is currently on display in the national history museum. listen

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Episode 73 - Wolfe Tone Bridge & The end of Tyrone House

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 28:58

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Wolfe Tone bridge in Galway. listen

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Episode 72 - The Claddagh Basin & Tyrone House

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 28:17

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Claddagh Basin. listen

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Episode 71 - The Jes & Britain Washes Its Hands of Landlords

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 31:30

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Jes school on Sea Road. listen

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Episode 70 - The Model School & The Landlords of Galway

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 31:26

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of the model school. One of the first schools set up in Galway in 1852. listen

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Episode 69 - Our Ladys Boys Club & The Landlord Burke Part 3

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 26:51

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of Our Ladys Boys Club. Next week the boys are going on their 80th camp and if you would like to donate please contact Pat Giles CO: Our Ladys Boys Club, Sea Road, Galway. Ronnie is still looking Micheal Henry Burke of Ballydugan but this time he's looking at his sons and poor ex wife. listen

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Episode 68 - The Bish & The Landlord Burke Part 2

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 24:48

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of The Bish school in Nuns Island. Ronnie is still looking Micheal Henry Burke of Ballydugan. listen

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Episode 67 - Suiceen & The Landlord Burke

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 22:56

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of Suiceen or sometimes spelt Suckine which was a very populated street down in Woodquay, Galway. listen

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Episode 66 - McDonaghs & Landlords

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 27:08

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of Mcdonagh's Fish and Chip shop on Quay Street. listen

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Episode 65 - Bothermore & More Search and Rescue

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 29:19

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of Bothermore and the many groups and magazines that came from that area. listen

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Episode 64 - Steamers on the Corrib & Search and Rescue Tragedy

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 29:19

In this episode, Tom looking at the history of steamers and boats on the Corrib. listen

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Episode 63 - Tearing down Statues & The Battle at Maam Cross

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 27:00

In this episode, Tom looking at the tearing down of a statue of a landlord in ireland 100 years ago. listen

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Episode 62 - Terror in Galway & Tuam Raided By The Tans

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 27:42

In this episode, Tom is looking at the death of men in Galway at the hands of the Black and Tans on the 100 year anniversary of the murders. listen

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Episode 61 - Digital in Galway & The Sacking of Clifden Part 2

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 31:58

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of Digital, the computer factory set up in Galway in the 80's. listen

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Episode 60 - The Galway Youth Orchestra & The Sacking of Clifden

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 24:46

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Galway Youth Orchestra. listen

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Episode 59 - Higgins Garage & The Execution of Thomas Whelan

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 26:12

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history Higgins garage and car sellers. listen

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Episode 58 - The Sacre Coeur & The final part of James Joyce and Nora

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 28:41

In this episode, Tom is looking at the Sacre Coeur hotel in salthill, run by the Dunleavy family. listen

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Episode 57 - Woolworths in Galway & James Joyce and Paul Leon

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 29:14

In this episode, Tom is looking at when Woolworths came to Galway. Ronnie is still looking at James Joyce and his friendship with Paul Leon. listen

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Episode 56 - Church Lane & More of James Joyce

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 29:36

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of Church Lane in Galway. Ronnie is still looking at James Joyce but primarily at his children and their partners. listen

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Episode 55 - Nora by Nuala O'Connor

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 45:39

In this special episode Ronnie and Tom have both been reading Nora, a new book from Nuala O'Connor about the life of Nora Barnacle and her love story with James Joyce. listen

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Episode 54 - Refugees Arrive In Galway & Lady Gregory

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 34:48

In this episode, Tom is looking at the first refugees who arrived in Galway during the Second World War. Ronnie is still looking at the abbey players tour of the United States and Lady Gregory's brief holiday romance. listen

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Episode 53 - The First Freeman of Galway & The Playboy Theatre Tour.

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 29:24

In this episode, Tom is still looking at the first person named Freeman of Galway, former president Douglas Hyde and on International women's day they talk about the two women being named freemen of Galway today, Patricia Burke Brogan and Ena McEntee listen

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Episode 52 - The Penny Dinners Committee & Athenry Smallpox Outbreak

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 27:46

In this episode, Tom is still looking a charity theatre group called The Penny Dinners Committee from the 1920's. Ronnie thought he was finished with the smallpox outbreak in Athenry last week but came across some new information in the past few days. listen

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Episode 51 - The Claddagh Ring & End of Small Pox infestation

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 26:48

In this episode, Tom is still looking at the history of the Claddagh Ring. Ronnie is finishing up his series on the small pox outbreak in East Galway. listen

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Episode 50 - Eyre Square Cattle Fair & Smallpox Riots in East Galway.

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 24:30

In this episode, Tom is still looking at a photo of a farmer at Eyre Square cattle Fair in 1885. Ronnie is looking at a riot that took place during the a smallpox outbreak in East Galway. listen

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Episode 49 - The History of the Guards & Small Pox in Athenry

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 28:08

In this episode, Tom is still looking at the history of the Guards in Galway ahead of the centenary of the police force. Ronnie is looking history of a smallpox outbreak in Athenry that lead to a big breakout in the county and the parallels between the covid 19 pandemic. listen

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Episode 48 - Galway Guards & Lord Haa Haa

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 32:15

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Guards in Galway coming up the centenary of the police force. Ronnie is looking Galway infamous Nazi Lord Haa Haa and his childhood in Galway. listen

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Episode 47 - Salthill Soccer & The Clifden Railroad

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 30:40

In this episode, Tom is still looking at the history soccer in Galway including the founding of the Salthill Crusaders in 1940 and a special exhibition match playing in the Galway Sportsground. listen

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Episode 46 - More about the Bridges & Antoine Ó Raifteiri

Old Galway Diary | Monday, January 17, 2022 | 28:38

In this episode, Tom is still looking at the history of the towns bridges. Ronnie is looking at Antoine Ó Raifteiri the blind Irish poet from 1800s and his connection to Thoor Ballylee listen

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Episode 45 - O'Briens Bridge & Annaghdown Tragedy

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 28:58

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the O'Brien bridge. Ronnie is looking back at the Annaghdown drowning tragedy when 20 people were drowned in 1828 listen

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Episode 44 - Nollaig na mBan & Archaeological & Historical Society

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, January 4, 2022 | 35:21

In this episode, Tom discuss's the tradition of Nollaig na mBan in ireland while Ronnie is talking about what he learned from the latest edition of Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society. He also talks about the history of that very society. listen

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Episode 43 - Christmas time in Galway & Irish Theatre

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 31:12

In this episode, Tom and Ronnie talk about Christmas time in Galway and the Irish Theatre. listen

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Episode 42 - The Christmas Market & Ballynahinch For Sale

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 31:24

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Christmas Market in Galway. listen

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Episode 41 - The Galway Post Office & Mary Martin

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 28:07

In this episode, Tom is looking at the history of the Post office in Galway. Ronnie is looking at the life of Mary Martin. listen

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Episode 40 - The Mon & Maria Edgeworths Trip To Galway

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 31:34

In this episode, Tom is looking at the 'The Mon', the school that used to be in Bridge Street Galway. Ronnie is looking at famous author's Maria Edgeworth trip to Galway and a short stay in Ballynahinch Castle. listen

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Episode 39 - The Hardiman & The Final Chapter Of The Martin Divorce

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 28:04

In this episode, Tom has some photos of the Brown Doorway thats currently in Eyre Square. Ronnie is looking the big divorce trial that took place between Richard Martin and his wife Eliza just after the French revolution. listen

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Episode 38 - The Browne Doorway & Richard Martins Divorce Trial

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 24:28

In this episode, Tom has some photos of the Brown Doorway thats currently in Eyre Square. Ronnie is looking the big divorce trial that took place between Richard Martin and his wife Eliza just after the French revolution. listen

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Episode 37 - Father Griffin Remembered & More Eliza Martin Affairs

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 28:06

In this episode, Tom looks at some photos of the memorials for Father Griffin as well as discussing the murder itself. Ronnie is looking at the more of the affairs of Eliza Martin. listen

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Episode 36 - Persse's Distillery & Wolfe Tone & Richard Martins Wife

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 31:11

In this episode, Tom looks at some photos of Persse's Dilstilery in Nuns Island. While Ronnie is talking about a play put on in Galway in 1783 that's audience featured two of Ireland's most prominent historical figures listen

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Episode 35 - Salthill Hot Spots & The Haunting of An Taibhdhearc

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 28:12

In this episode, Tom looks at some old Salthill Hot Spots. While Ronnie was reminded of a local ghost story. listen

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Episode 34 - Claddagh Fish Sellers & Mr Tuke's Fund

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 31:14

In this episode, Tom looks at the old fish sellers market down by the Spanish arch in Galway. Ronnie returns to Irish immigration and how it was funded. listen

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Episode 33 - Moons Corner & Irish Immigration

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 26:42

In this episode, Tom looks at Moons Corner, where Brown Thomas is now, Tom looks at the history of the big department store. Ronnie returns to Irish immigration to America particularly the group who ended up in St Paul, Minnesota. listen

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Episode 32 - History of St Micheal GAA club & Irish Immigration

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 26:02

In this episode, Tom looks at the great history of St Micheals GAA club from Shantalla. Ronnie is looking at Irish immigration to America again particularly the group who ended up in St Paul, Minnesota. listen

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Episode 31 - Augustus John in Galway & Irish Immigrants in America

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 28:34

In this episode, Tom looks at Augustus John's visit to Galway ahead of the Galway Cartoon Festival where his great Galway image will be displayed. Ronnie is looking at Irish immigration to America and talks about his trip to the tenement museum in New York. listen

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Episode 30 - The Galway Industrial School & Irish In America

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 32:39

In this episode, Tom looks at the industrial school in salthill on its 150th anniversary. Ronnie is looking at the Irish immigrants who fought in the American civil war with a cameo from Charles Dickens. listen

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Episode 29 - The Galway Market & Irish Immigration

Old Galway Diary | Monday, September 13, 2021 | 27:48

In this episode, Tom looks back at the history of the Galway Market, while Ronnie is looking at the sad history of Irish immigration. listen

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Episode 28 - Camogie & Sinking of the PS Connaught

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | 24:06

In this episode, Tom looks at a photo of one of the great Galway Camogie teams of the past ahead of this weekends all Ireland final. Including a great bit of trivia about the only all Ireland final held outside of Dublin. Ronnie is looking at the sinking of the great PS Connacht. listen

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Episode 27 - The Dredging of the Docks & Daly's PR Machine

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 22:32

In this episode, Tom looks at a photo of the dredging of the docks from 1963 and Ronnie is back looking at Father Daly and the poems and songs written in his name. listen

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Episode 26 - Back to School & Frank O'Connor in Galway

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 29:38

In this episode, Tom looks at an old back to school photo taken outside Scoil Fhursa. Ronnie is looking at a book set in Galway by Frank O'Connor. The two lads then discuss the banning of books in Ireland. listen

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Episode 25 - Galway Swimming & The End of the (Galway) Line

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 27:51

In this episode, Tom looks back at how some of Galway swim clubs were founded and looks at the more successful swimmers from that era. Ronnie finishes his series on the Galway Line. listen

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Episode 24 - The Galway Fire of 1971 & Fr Peter Daly

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 27:30

In this episode, Tom looks back at the great fire that roared through Galway in 1971 on its 50th anniversary. Ronnie looks at Father Peter Daly, a real Galway character. listen

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Episode 23 - Taffes & A Galway Delegation goes to London

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, August 4, 2021 | 22:35

In this episode, Tom looks at a photo of the iconic Taffes shop on shop street. Ronnie looks at the a Galway delegation sent to London hoping to get funding for Galway harbour. listen

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Episode 22 - Race Week & an unsolved murder in Galway

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 23:11

In this episode, Tom looks at the great history of the Galway Races from 1869 to now. Ronnie a suspicious murder that took place in Galway years ago. listen

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Episode 21 - Hurling & James Joyce's holiday to Galway

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 22:18

In this episode, Tom looks the Galway minor hurling team from the 1941 who lost to cork in the all Ireland final. Ronnie is looking back and James Joyce trip to Galway when he was moonlighting as a journalist for an Italian newspaper. listen

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Episode 20 - Salthill in the 50's & Clare Sheridan return to Galway

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 21:53

In this episode, Tom looks at the changing face of Salthill from the 1950's. Ronnie is finishing up his series on Clare Sheridan, in the final chapter of her life she retired to Galway and lived happily with family. listen

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Episode 19 - Druid Theatre & Clare Sheridan and Charlie Chaplin

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 26:15

In this episode, Tom looks at the birth of 'Druid Theatre' 46 years ago. Ronnie is still looking at Clare Sheridan and this time explores one of her more famous dalliances. listen

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Episode 18 - Currach Races & Clare Sheridans Trip to Russia

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 17:44

In this episode, Tom looks at the Currach Races that used to take place in salthill. Ronnie is looking again at Clare Sheridan, and her wild trip to Russia. listen

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Episode 17 - Galway Buskers & Clare Sheridan's Statue

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 29:32

In this episode, Tom looks at the great tradition of busking of in Galway throughout the years and some of the memorable characters involved. Ronnie is looking again at Clare Sheridan, who's Madonna statue was not as well received as she would have liked. listen

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Episode 16 - The SS Dun Aengus & Galway Adventures in the Wild West

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 23:20

In this episode, Tom looks back at the SS Dun Aengus, the great ferry that traveled between Galway and the Aran Islands in the 1800s. Ronnie looks back at the adventures in the West of Hugh Moreton Frewen, ‘A charming if financially incompetent adventurer’. listen

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Episode 15 - Galway Newspapers & The Clifden Train/Bicycle Race

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 24:45

In this episode, Tom looks back at the great history of newspapers published in Galway county and city. Ronnie looks at a race that took place between a young man on a bicycle and the Clifden train. listen

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Episode 14 - The Amusements & Balfour's Gift

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 20:03

In this episode, Tom remembers the amusements in salthill and the time they were held in Fairlands. Ronnie is again looking at Arthur Balfour and his fans in Connemara. listen

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Episode 13 - The Trial of Country Butter & The Railroad Shebeen

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 20:34

In this episode, Tom returns to a popular topic of country butter. This time looking at the trail that lead to a prison sentence and perhaps the end of the country butter. Ronnie is still on the Clifden railroad and looks at the shebeen which thrived during its construction. listen

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Episode 12 - Dúidíns & More of the Connemara Railroad

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 26:36

In this episode, Tom looking at a photo of the staff of Hynes factory on Prospect Hill from 100 years ago. The factory was known for producing little clay pipes known as dúidíns. Ronnie is again looking out towards Clifden. He's taken an interest in the history of the Clifden railway. in this episode he looks at the roles former British prime minister Arthur Balfour and Irish political giant Parnell played in the creation of the railroad. listen

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Episode 11 - Anniversary Of RIC Violence In Galway & Clifden Railroad

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 24:12

In this episode, Tom is marking the 100 year anniversary of a violent RIC attack on an innocent men in Rileys Hotel in Salthill. Ronnie is looking out towards Clifden. He has been checking out Jim Deegan's Connemara train project and looking at the history of the Clifden Railway. listen

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Episode 10 - May Sundays in Menlo & Rationing in war times.

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 17:04

In this episode, Tom is looking back at the tradition of 'Maying in Menlo', an old summer fare that used to take place in Menlo castle. Ronnie is looking at rationing during world war 2 and a phone call from Winston Churchill to Eamon Develara that could have changed the course of Irish history. listen

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Episode 09 - Salerno & Match Making in 1930s and 1940s Ireland

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 21:08

In this episode, Tom is looking towards the 60th anniversary of Salerno school in salthill and their efforts to track down alumni. Ronnie is looking at the role of the matchmaker in Ireland 30's and 40's after reading Brigid Kavanagh's memoir In My Minds Eye. listen

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Episode 08 - Country Butter in the Market and Roger Casement

Old Galway Diary | Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 17:26

In this episode, Tom discusses and laments the loss of country butter in The Galway market. Ronnie has been researching Roger Casement and this week looks at his failed and humiliating appeal. Ronnie also looks at the painting of the last day of trial by Sir John Lavery. The image is available to see in this weeks Galway Advertiser. listen

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Episode 07 - The Claddagh Parade & Eoin MacNeill

Old Galway Diary | Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 24:20

In this episode, Tom discusses Claddagh Parade and Ronnie briefly returns to Roger Casement before looking at Eoin MacNeill. listen

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Episode 06 - The Salthill Development Organisation & Roger Casement

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 23:49

In this episode, Tom discusses The Hanger Ballroom and the Salthill Development Organisation. Ronnie has been researching Roger Casement. listen

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Episode 05 - William Street & de Valera's letters

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 18:59

In this episode, Ronnie briefly returns to Augustus John who came up last week. Tom discusses a photo of William street from 1904 and the old trams that used to connect Galway city to Salthill. Ronnie talks about Twain Island by way of Éamon de Valera and the letter he wrote his young wife while spending time on the island. listen

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Episode 04 - The burning of the Sinn Fein hall, Tawin national school

Old Galway Diary | Monday, March 29, 2021 | 27:04

In this episode, Tom discusses the burning of the Sinn Fein hall by the Black and Tans 100 years ago. Tom also discusses Augustus John who was in Galway at that time as a guest of Fireball Macnamara. Augustus John has paintings of Galway hanging in the national gallery in London. Ronnie continues his talk about the Irish language school in Tawin. This week he outlines the opposition and objections to its founding. listen

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Episode 03 - The tidal Pools & the Irish Language School in Tawin

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 22:19

In this episode, Tom discusses ‘The Pools’ in Salthill and attempts to restore them to their former glory, while Ronnie describes the role played by Sir Roger Casement in securing an Irish speaking teacher for the school in Tawin, Co. Galway. listen

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Episode 02 - The Galway Jail & More from Dr Séamus Ó Beirn

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 19:26

In this episode, Tom discusses the jail in Galway on Nuns Island and some of its more famous guests, including Miles Joyce a man wrongfully convicted of the maamtrasna murders. Ronnie talks more about Dr Séamus Ó Beirn and how he treated tuberculosis in the west of Ireland. The finish up discussing Samuel Beckett who requested an Irish translation of Waiting for Godot from Tom years ago. listen

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Episode 01 - Bowling Green & Dr Séamus Ó Beirn

Old Galway Diary | Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 16:05

In this episode Tom and Ronnie cover Bowling Green, Dr Séamus Ó Beirn, the treatment of tuberculosis in the west of Ireland, the Irish sweepstakes and Tom's dealings with the National Gallery in Ireland. listen

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