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Foxford plans for The Gathering 2013

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The Gathering Ireland, the Fáilte Ireland tourism initiative, has the potential to rekindle relationships with relatives, neighbours, and friends, while forging new ones with the Irish Diaspora across the globe. The Foxford community in association with Ireland Reaching Out, the not for profit organisation, are working through voluntary effort at parish, village and townland level, to identify those who emigrated, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. Traditionally, the town, like most towns in the west of Ireland, suffered from the effects of emigration, the loss of family members, and a missing generation in the community, effectively leaving townlands devoid of their former population. Unfortunately, emigration has once again became a modern day reality as our young people seek out opportunities across Europe, Australia, and the USA.

Mayo gearing up for The Gathering

A programme of events which will be taking place in the county during The Gathering Ireland 2013 will soon be drawn up for the county.

Admiral Brown statue unveiled in Dublin’s docklands

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Dublin’s docklands were thronged with visitors, and the sight of so many international tall ships moored along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay was simply an amazing and beautiful sight. So it was very apt that the unveiling of the relocated statue of Foxford native, Admiral William Brown, took place during this festival.

Cuts to be avoided if seventy five per cent target reached

Mayo County Council won’t have to worry about dealing with a €2.57 million hole in their budget if the collection rate for the household charge reaches between 75 and 80 per cent. County manager Peter Hynes told a special meeting of the council this Monday that, going by all indications following discussions with the Department of the Environment and the Minister, the potentially ‘catastrophic’ cuts would be avoided if those collection rates were met.

The man who said ‘Good day’ to Harvard

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The south Bostonian, James Brendan Connolly, was once described by Joseph Conrad as the ‘best sea-story writer in America’. He wrote 19 novels and short stories about ships and sailors at sea, the US navy, submarine patrols in World War I, and the heroic struggles of the Gloucester fishermen on the treacherous Grand Bank and Nova Scotia regions hunting for cod and halibut.

Mayo sailing club hosts winter lecture

The man who sank the SS Athenia

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While Galway was caring for some of the survivors of the SS Athenia, torpedoed off the Donegal coast on September 3 1939, America, Britain and Canada unleashed a vitriolic attack on Germany for sinking a passenger ship. Included among her 1,418 passengers and crew were more than 300 Americans. A total of 117 people were killed, some unfortunately as they were being lifted from the sea by the rescue boats including the Knute Nelson (which had brought 430 survivors into Galway), and three British warships, the HMS Electra, HMS Fame and the HMS Escort, which had rushed to the scene. Among the dead were 28 American citizens.

Mayo sailing club to host winter lecture

Foxford Threads and Yarns

From Friday October 22 to Monday October 25, a celebration of Foxford’s folklore and cultural renewal will take place.

‘When the saints go marching in’.....

It is a fact that when few people had a job in Galway the late Christopher (Christy) Dooley of Renmore Park, had many. They were all of an amazing variety. One of them was a factory on the Mervue Industrial estate where he made parts for German railway engines. He had a specialised scrap business in Munster Avenue, the site of the old family forge, where he recycled aeroplane parts and exported them to Spain.

 

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