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The romance of steam

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In late October 1890, Arthur J Balfour, nephew of the Conservative leader Lord Salisbury of the time, and recently appointed Chief Secretary of Ireland, went on a walking tour of the distressed districts along the Galway and Mayo coast. Accompanied only by his sister, and local officials who joined them as they passed through different districts, they travelled without police escort. Remembering that it was only eight years since the Phoenix Park Murders* it was a brave gesture. But Balfour was probably the best of them.** He was genuinely anxious to improve the conditions of the area. He had influence in London, and an imaginative grasp of his brief for Ireland. He met and talked with the local community leaders, listened to what they had to say; and sat by the open fires listening to the mná tí.

Ruane hits out at Queen’s Mayo invitation

A vote by Castlebar Town Council in favour of inviting Queen Elizabeth II to the Mayo Peace Park for an official state visit to Ireland mooted for 2012 has been condemned by a local Sinn Fein councillor.

Westport Marine touched so many lives

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The 32-year-old Westport man Robert McKibben who was killed last week in Afghanistan has been described by his family as someone who had “very definite plans of how he wanted to live his life”.

A Mythical Army: Sheila Gorman exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre

Throughout the month of April, Ballina Arts Centre will be hosting A Mythical Army, an exhibition by Dublin-based artist Sheila Gorman. The exhibition takes as its theme military uniforms and features a suite of drawing-based works exploring the theme.

Balloon event to oppose Red Arrows display

The Galway Alliance Against War will protest against the air display by the RAF’s Red Arrows, during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.

 

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