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A great man is usually accompanied by a great moustache. Think about it - Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Freddie Mercury, Friedrich Nietzsche, Lord Kitchener, Friedrich Engels, and Tom Selleck.
The welcome to Mayo sign on the Charlestown bypass is the “most miserable sign” and is “disgraceful’ commented Councillor Blackie Gavin at the Roads and Transportation SPC on Monday.
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.
The people of Galway were shocked and excited by the arrival of 430 survivors who were brought ashore from the Athenia which was sunk by torpedo off the Donegal coast only hours after war was declared on September 3 1939. The town was galvanised into action. An impressive and practical plan was put into place to receive the survivors, to ensure they were comfortably accommodated, and to care for the wounded. There were 10 stretcher cases, numerous minor injuries, and distressed children. The passengers, who included Americans and Canadians, and refugees fleeing a deteriorating political situation in Europe, were bound for Montreal.
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County councillor Seamus Walsh has hit out at media coverage this week of his role in two companies which organise seminars for local authority members, claiming there is nothing unethical in the enterprise.
EIGHT WORLD premieres, 53 Irish premieres, 100 feature films and documentaries, and 115 short films will be screened at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh which takes place from Tuesday July 6 to Sunday 11.
The beautiful game and the world’s second oldest profession have often collided, colluded, and clashed on the big stage of the World Cup, so as the current tournament continues in South Africa, Talking Politics takes a politically slanted look at the competition’s history.
The Crimlin Community Arts Music Collective presents From the Ocean to the Fringe at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Saturday February 27 at 8pm. Crimlin Community Arts is a community music collective of over nine bands including Batafada, Bata Óg, Rockafada, Na Ciotógaí, The Banned Joe Band and Píba Ríba. They cater for local musicians of all tastes and ages. Genres include samba, rock, folk, traditional and pipe band music as well as a fusion of all of these and more. Since forming in 2006, they have performed locally and at international festivals in Spain, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and more recently at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in Scotland. The Volvo Ocean Race Festival and the Mary from Dungloe International Festival were also major performances for the collective in 2009.