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May Sunday at Menlo

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Maytime was traditionally considered a time for festivals, and Galway was no exception to this. In fact it used to be said that the citizens had an almost reverential attachment to the old custom of going out to Menlo for three Sundays in May to partake in the pleasure of the open air and the early summer sun. It was known as ‘Maying in Menlo’.

The Corrib Drainage Scheme

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The waterways of the city are of great engineering significance. Two major projects resulted in the waterways system which exists today. The first scheme was constructed between 1848 and 1858. Its primary purpose was to improve drainage thus reducing winter water levels and the areas of flooded land and also navigation, without any detrimental effect on the mills or fishery interests. So the Eglinton canal was built, the Claddagh Basin, the dredging of the Corrib, Gaol and Western rivers, tailraces, culverts, the weir and salmon pass and Steamer’s Quay at Woodquay

The view from the distillery, c1885

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Towards the end of last year, we featured a series of articles on the building that is now occupied by the students’ bar in NUIG. The building started as a jute bag factory, then was converted to a bonded warehouse for Persse’s Distillery, later became the National Shell factory during World War I, was occupied by the 17th Lancers and the 6th Dragoon Guards, before being converted into the ammunitions factory known as IMI.

Lower Dominick Street about one hundred and fifty years ago

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According to Hely Dutton, Dominick Street was built in the early part of the 19th century. It was outside the old city walls and was an indicator of how Galway was beginning to expand at the time. This photograph, which was taken c1965, is probably the earliest existing image of the street.

Official launch of the O’Shaughnessy Bridge as city gets new landmark

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The O’Shaughnessy Bridge which was constructed as part of an initiative to promote walking and cycling in the city was officially launched recently by new Mayor of Galway city, Cllr Terry O’Flaherty, along with Keith Warnock, the vice-president for capital projects at NUI Galway.

Red Bird takes flight

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LAST FRIDAY evening at Galway Arts Centre saw the opening of Sample, the debut exhibition by Red Bird arts collective. Sample is a show that gives ample proof of this young group’s talent and imagination and augurs well for its future prospects.

Fisheries Tower Bridge to get funds from Corrib Navigation Trustees

The badly damaged bridge leading to the Fisheries Tower on Wolfe Tone Bridge looks likely to be repaired in the near future.

Local company clinches top national award for Mayo bridge

A local consulting engineering firm, Ryan Hanley, has beaten off strong competition to win a prestigious national award for design excellence.

Galway cannot be complacent about tourism, warn chiefs

Despite recent upbeat reports regarding an increase in overseas visitors to Ireland in 2011, Fáilte Ireland warned against any complacency in the tourism sector this year, during its annual tourism industry briefing for the Galway region held in the city last week

Critical Mass Galway cycle

Critical Mass Galway will have its one year anniversary cycle on Saturday May 7 in order to highlight issues of concern to the city’s cyclists.


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