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The Augustinian Friars have been in Galway since 1508 when Margaret Athy, whose husband was mayor at the time, built a friary at Forthill, near a spring called St Augustine’s Well, the waters whereof wrought miraculous cures. In O’Flaherty’s Iar-Chonnacht, there is reproduced a document in which a miraculous cure is attested to by the signatures of several witnesses.
It is said that all political careers end in failure. The great Daniel O’Connell’s final slide into earthly oblivion was heralded by the now familiar sight of journalists descending on his estate at Derrynane, Co Kerry, the year before he died. They had scented a whiff of scandal, and like today, doorstepped him.
The Galway footballers will have to get an early Mass this Sunday morning or have gone on Saturday evening as they face Cavan in Pearse Stadium at the unusual time of 12.45pm as part of an attractive double header with the hurlers who face Cork at 2.30pm.
Máire and Seán Stafford were a touchstone of Irish language culture in this city for more than 60 years. They each had many and different talents and, when they were together, they made a formidable team. They were always together. It took him a whole three weeks after he met her to ask her to marry him. They kept Conradh na Gaeilge going for years, they kept Feis Ceoil an Iarthar going for years, they kept Féile Drámaíochta na Scoil going for years, they were the mainstay of An Taibhdhearc from 1950 for many years, their contribution to the quality of life in Galway was immense. They also reared a very talented family, many of whom were on the stage for the first time while still in their mother’s womb.
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, Athlone Community Radio 88.4 FM in association with Bhí Mé Anseo Publications and with support from Conradh na Gaeilge will host Rac agus Filíocht in the Aiden Heavey Public Library, Athlone.
A surprising rescuer of the Tuke assisted emigration scheme from the west of Ireland came from the London government. After the first group of 1,315 people had sailed from Galway for America on April 28 1882, the Tukes’ emigration fund was practically exhausted. Yet the demand for places grew each day. Now more than 6,000 applications, mainly from the Clifden area, but also from Belmullet, Newport and Oughterard, poured into the Clifden union where James Hack Tuke had his office. While poverty and famine remained endemic in the west of Ireland, people with spirit must have felt that the day-to-day grind was never ending. The threat of another Great Famine was very real. They wanted a new life.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta would like to invite the public to join it for a celebratory St Patrick’s Day concert which will take place on March 8 in The Forge, Moycullen, for broadcast on St Patrick’s Day, hosted by Seán Bán Breathnach.
A burglar caught red-handed in a bedroom was given a week in custody for contempt of court after he started shouting obsceneties a the judge.
NUI Galway Rugby are in the shake-up for another trophy to add to their burgeoining collection when they face Sligo RFC in a top-of-the-table Connacht Junor League clash.
A new book on the 1916 Rising, written by a lecturer in GMIT, details the influence of the event on modern Ireland.