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Lots to discover at the Aughrim Remembered Summer School

The Aughrim Remembered Summer School will take place from Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20 with plenty of entertaining and informative events planned for this year’s theme of ‘From the Battle of Aughrim to World War 1’.

Beach party shows teenagers can have fun without booze

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More than 1,800 teenagers partied, alcohol and drug free, at this year's Band on the Strand in Lacken.

Máire Stafford RIP - Galway’s dedicated Gaeilgeóir

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The death has taken place of one of Galway’s most talented and dedicated Gaeilgeóir.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to receive honorary degree from NUI Galway

EU Commissioner, Carna native Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, is to be honoured by NUI Galway.

Colour, colour, and more colour at Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery is delighted to present the first half of its summer programme for 2014. Featuring the works of Cork artist Catherina Hearne, Athlone native Seán Guinan and Italian collage artist Naomi Vona, this trio of exhibitions come together to drench Luan Gallery in colour for the months of May and June.

Launch of Síoda Móna/Bog Silk exhibition by Aran artist

The exhibition, Síoda Móna/Bog Silk, by Aran artist Seán Ó Flaithearta is currently on display at Norman Villa Gallery in Salthill and running until April 26.

The Conradh na Gaeilge Oireachtas and Ard-Fheis held in the Town Hall 1913

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Conradh na Gaeilge, also known as the Gaelic League, was founded by Douglas Hyde and Eoin McNeill in July 1893. Their aim was to keep the Irish language alive and preserve the Gaelic elements of Ireland’s culture. It was open to all creeds, was non-political, and accepted women on an equal basis. It used a broad approach, organising classes and competitions in Irish music, dancing, literature, and games. After a sluggish six years in existence, it suddenly morphed into a mass movement.

The Coole door knocker will rat-a-tat-tat once again

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How many famous people lifted that heavy brass knocker on the door of Lady Augusta Gregory’s home at Coole, Co Galway, and gave it a resounding rat- a -tat -tat? It resounded again last weekend with all the authority of a grumpy judge’s gavel. The writer and broadcaster John Quinn, chairman of the 19th Autumn Gathering, used it to great effect to keep speakers to their time, and to summon people to the next event.

Hurricane Debbie

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On the morning of September 16 1961, gale warnings were issued because of a possible impending storm. Violent storms are almost never actual hurricanes by the time they reach Ireland, but all of that was about to change that morning. Hurricane Debbie was the only hurricane, that is known about, to have made landfall in Ireland as a Category 1 event. Gusts of more than 180 kilometres an hour were recorded, and while the winds were not as strong as the gusts, they were capable of causing a lot of damage. Eighteen people died in Ireland as a result of the storm, six in the North and 12 in the South. They were killed by collapsing walls and trees, one was drowned from a small boat, and a young boy was blown into a stream. Tens of thousands of houses and other structures were damaged, some were completely destroyed, some suffered roof loss, while others had lesser damage such as windows blown in, etc.

Constitution Day, April 18, 1949

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On that day 65 years ago, the Government declared Ireland to be a Republic. This did not help Anglo-Irish relations at the time, and it also upset deValera and his Fianna Fáil colleagues, but it was the cause of public celebrations around the country.


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