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Protecting Edward VII - A ‘friend of the Pope’, in Connemara 1903

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Pleased with his friendly reception in Dublin in 1903, His Majesty King Edward VII determined to visit the wilds of Connemara and Kerry. Such a visit presented a number of problems for Dublin Castle, not least was security at a time when nationalism was rearing its head, and seldom lost an opportunity to express itself by demostrations and protests. I learn something of these concerns from a delightful book Memories: Wise and Otherwise. by The Rt Hon Sir Henry Robinson, Bart, KCB. (Published by Cassell and Co, London, 1923). Robinson was head of the Local Government Board in Ireland, and a man, who in the tradition of Somerville and Ross, saw humour in the Irish character, and indeed in the efforts of Britain to maintain control in Ireland.

Young Wonder - new album and Róisín Dubh show

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YOUNG WONDER, the electro/indie-pop duo of producer Ian Ring and vocalist Rachel Koeman released their debut album Birth this month and they play the Róisín Dubh on Friday May 29 at 9pm.

'There is no better feeling than playing your own music to a responsive crowd'

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GALWAY BAND The Amazing Apples have landed in 2015 with some striking singles – ‘Slipping By’, and their most recent, ‘Lullaby’ - and now comes their debut album A Little Sense, which will be released on Friday May 29, followed by a celebratory hometown gig at the Róisín Dubh on Sunday May 31.

Dunne urges support for United’s double date with Gypsies

Galway United face a demanding four-day spell when hosting Bohemians in two important matches over the weekend.

Francie Brady rides again

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FOLLOWING A highly successful tour of Ireland last year which saw the production receive standing ovations for every performance, An Grianán Theatre is once again touring Pat McCabe's classic Frank Pig Says Hello.

‘Cré na Cille is a hymn to the Irish of Connemara’

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Since its publication in 1949, Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille has been hailed as a masterpiece. Yet the novel has, in the words of John Banville, “remained locked away from non-Irish speakers”.

Dunne looks for set piece improvement for Drogheda’s visit tomorrow

Despite a disappointing start to the SSE Airtricity League season, Galway United manager Tommy Dunne expects his team to respond when Drogheda United visit Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow evening (7.45pm).

On balance, saying ‘no’ was a good ruse

Q: The job was for a team leader. The interview was going grand until one fellow – the quiet one – piped up with ‘how much money have you in your bank account?’ I prevaricated and I procrastinated and I equivocated, and then I sighed and I smiled, and basically, in a nice, mannerly way, I told him it was none of his business.

McKennas’ Guides crowns Galway “the finest city to eat in Ireland”

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The west of the country has been on something of a winning streak of late when it comes to food and hospitality. Kai Café and Restaurant was the big winner at the start of the year scooping the top prize, Restaurant of the Year for 2015, in Georgina Campbell’s Awards, the country’s longest-running hospitality awards. Run by New Zealander Jess Murphy and her Irish husband David, Kai had been converted from a tearoom to a rustic restaurant, and was praised for having seriously good food with a sense of fun. Best Asian Restaurant went to The Asian Tea House, with Mitchell’s in Clifden and Frankie Mallon of An Port Mór, Westport, awarded best seafood restaurant and best seafood chef respectively.

‘Brutal death metal’ of the best kind

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THE NETHERLANDS’ Dictated, who play brutal, thrilling, death metal, headline the next FEAST upstairs in the Róisín Dubh this Saturday from 9pm.

 

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