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Home Rule was once the goal of Irish nationalism, but continual opposition from the House of Lords and the threat of violence from Ulster unionists dogged and delayed its achievement.
One hundred and sixty eight years ago this week, on March 8, work started on the cutting of what we know as the Eglinton Canal. There had been previous attempts to open a passage from the river to the sea. As far back as 1498, the then mayor had a plan to connect the Sandy River with Lough Athalia. It was Alexander Nimmo who first mooted the idea of a canal in 1822. If steamboats could travel from the docks to the Corrib, it would greatly enhance the commercial importance of the city and a valuable connection with the hinterland would be established. His original plan was that this connection would start at the top of Woodquay, where McSwiggan’s is today, go along Eglinton Street and down the west side of Eyre Square to the docks. The cost proved to be prohibitive and there were a lot of objections from people who owned land or a business along the route.
O’Donnellan & Joyce recorded the largest volume of sales when it held its Wild Atlantic Way property auction where 46 properties went under the auction hammer. The auction featured properties from Galway to Donegal and down as far as Kerry, all along the western seaboard.
O’Donnellan & Joyce is kicking off the auction season with its spring auction tomorrow, March 4, at 2pm in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road. Approximately 50 properties with a value of almost €6 million will go under the hammer in the Wild Atlantic Way auction, with properties from Donegal to Kerry and primarily Galway city for sale.
O’Donnellan & Joyce has linked up with major UK property website Zoopla, which will now give the Wild Atlantic Way property auction major exposure with a further 40 million viewers online.
“With its old houses — straw for their roofs and rock and mortar for their walls, and every little end of a wall whitewashed a hundred times in blue or white or thin pink — the Claddagh was lovely, and from a distance it did the eye good. It was quaint, of course, but also a home-like little village; it had sand for its walks and a turfy marlish stuff for its floors, and always curls of smoke from its square low chimneys.
Eoin MacNeill is best known as the man who countermanded the order for the 1916 Rising to begin, and for representing the Government at the boundary commission which left the country still partitioned.
Barna had a hurling team in 1964 and handball was very popular in the area, but anyone wanting to play football would have togged out for An Spidéal. Local games were played in Sean Lydon’s field along the shorefront, halfway between the church and Barna school. Kevin Curran and Nicholas O’Fegan were the founders of Barna GAA Club in 1965 and they managed to field minor and junior teams that year. Their junior team had the honour of playing the club’s first competitive match on May 30 1965 against a Bohermore selection known as John F Kennedy’s. Kennedy’s won by a point.
According to O’Donnellan & Joyce’s annual review, 2015 was the company's most successful year regarding the volume of sales since it opened its office in 1982. The agent reports that it sold close to 600 properties last year.
Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services are embracing the #HometoWork Government initiative by hosting a free ‘Hometowork West’ event on Wednesday next December 30 in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway running from 10am to 1pm that morning.