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The top international hotelier, Irishman Brendan Dwyer, was on holidays last February in the Maldives when the pandemic began in China. "We noticed they were taking temperatures at Mali airport on the way home, so it was about to kick off. A week later the big news was coming in from China. And two weeks later the EU were saying we have a problem and a week later it was game over and we had to shut up shop.”
In these deeply worrying times Galwegians are contributing handsomely to a success story in Orlando. An Cheathrú Rua and Williamstown are represented in Orlando GAA’s impressive rise in recent months.
The highly acclaimed Fáinne Óir contemporary Irish dance drama which has played to capacity audiences at home in Mayo and also in Broadway, New York, is to stage a one-off live-stream performance on Friday March 26 next, from Claremorris Town Hall, with tickets now available through the Fund It creative arts online fundraising platform.
We get an idea of the perilous position at sea that confronted Captain John Wilson of the Minnie Schiffer, his two-masted brigantine, laden with a full cargo of fruit and wine, as he was sailing from Marseilles to Boston, from this dramatic painting.
There can be no greater horror for passengers and crew than facing death on a burning ship in a heavy sea, that was sinking by its bow. Which death would you choose? Stay on board and be burnt? Or chance your luck in the waves?
Reading through William Henry’s comprehensive digest of the story of Galway * from its original foundation on the banks of the Corrib to the present day, I am reminded that there was an extraordinary burst of optimism and creative energy in the middle of the 19th century despite the ravages of the Great Famine barely a decade before.
As I write this, it is not quite a week since the incumbent (and outgoing) president of the United States, Donald J Trump, attempted a coup, seeking to prevent the formal announcement of the election results, to overturn the results of that election, and somehow to cling to power.
This week has seen an outpouring of gratitude for a number of Mayo players who have announced their retirement from the inter-county game.
Whether you are roasting the turkey, making the dessert, or simply preparing some festive nibbles to have in front of the fire, Iceland Ireland is taking the stress out of the kitchen this year. Iceland’s head chef, Dave Lennox, has created a wide array of delicious festive recipes so shoppers will be spoilt for choice this Christmas and New Year. Iceland Ireland’s 27 stores nationwide are packed with hundreds of Irish brands, festive treats, and everything needed for an amazing Christmas dinner.
CHRISTMAS IS a time when it is traditional to gather around the screen and watch films, it is also a time of togetherness and reflection - values the Galway Film Fleadh want to uphold, despite the best efforts of 2020 to undo them.