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Living in Ireland during the mid 17th century was a frightening and a bloody time. Following the extreme political crisis that resulted in civil war in England, Ireland was plunged into a period of despair that would lead to the surrender of Galway, and the beginning of its gradual demise. The invasion by Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army, a ruthless exterminating machine, in 1649, led by Cromwell himself, not only destroyed all military opposition, besieged and ransacked towns, and imposed harsh penal laws on Catholic survivors, but it changed the demographic of the cities and lands with the resettlement of faithful Cromwellian generals, and their families. And in a new twist: tens of thousands of Irish people were transported to plantations in the West Indies, and elsewhere.
The Galway City Council has rejected the request from Galway 2020 for an additional €2.5 million in public funding for the European Capital of Culture programme.
“There is a saying, I always wondered why someone didn’t do something about that, then I realised I am somebody,” — so said Mayor Mike Cubbard this week when he launched the 17th annual Mayor’s Awards.
Insider has been in constant contact with people from all parties since the election was called in mid-January, and has never seen such uncertainty in the closing days of a campaign, so let’s look at the position of each party and Independents as we approach polling day.
Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, Galway’s bilingual business award, was officially launched by Uachtarán Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, an tOllamh Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh who said the competition is very much in keeping with the core values of the National University of Ireland, Galway.
A boon and a boost for the Social Democrats and The Greens; a warning to Noel Grealish; and a reassurance to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - the TG4 poll on Galway West seems to predict a constituency ready for change.
We are down to almost the last week of this General Election campaign and for arguably the first time in many campaigns, it genuinely is all to play for in the five seat constituency of Galway West.
Calls for the reinstating of temporary lighting at a 3G soccer pitch at Cappagh Park have been rejected by Galway city council officials.
A Galway city councillor walked out of this week’s City Council meeting after she took issue with the number of trips abroad in which the Galway city Mayor Mike Cubbard has been involved in recent weeks.
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