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The refurbishment and enhancement of Athlone Garda Station continues with the aspiration that ongoing works at the building based on the town’s west side will be completed within the two year time frame initially noted for the redevelopment project.
Our friend ‘Captain H’ who had ingeniously planted a dictaphone in the confessional under the stairs in the Town Hall prison, was up to his old tricks again. Somehow he had managed to plant a ‘friendly’ Sergeant Gates who chatted and smiled, and was a friend to all, and dangerously caught numerous snatches of conversation from the hundreds of prisoners within. These were reported to Captain H.
Liam Ó Briain was born in Dublin in 1888. In 1916 he helped print the Proclamation and he served with Michael Mallin in the College of Surgeons during the Rising. He was subsequently interned in Wandsworth Prison and in Frongoch. In 1917 he was appointed professor of romance languages in UCG. He was jailed in Belfast in 1919/20. When he returned to Galway he was appointed as a judge in the Republican Courts In late 1920, he was having dinner in college when he was arrested by the Black and Tans, and jailed for 13 months in Galway and the Curragh. Some of his experiences in prison are vividly described in a recently published book.
(Written in December 2 2004, when Bewley’s cafe, Grafton Street, Dublin, closed for an indefinite period for refurbishment. Its future was uncertain. But I am glad to report that it is up and flourishing for some time, warm and glorious, its sticky buns as good as ever.)
Having never played the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, I have to say I was quite excited to get my hands on the game which some say turned the Call Of Duty franchise into the behemoth that it is today, leaving its rivals lagging far behind, and transformed gaming, from people sitting in the homes playing alone, to the multiplayer universe that we inhabit in 2018.
Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, numbered amongst the large gathering who came out in complete support for the country's Defence Force members during the 'respect and loyalty' parade along the streets of the capital last week.
I hope all the readers of the Advertiser newspapers are enjoying this amazing weather even though complaints are coming in from farmers and other people who stand to be disadvantaged because of no grass growth which is understandable.
ONE OF the surefire musical highlights of GIAF 2018 is The Flaming Lips’ gig in the Heineken Big Top on Thursday July 26. Freewheeling, prolific, and endlessly inventive, the band remain as full of zip and ideas today as when they started out more than 30 years ago.
The building which houses the Garda station in Salthill was originally called Forster Park and was constructed as a summer house by the Blake Forster family at the end of the 18th century. In 1850, it was bought by the Palmer family who were well known whiskey distillers, flour millers, and makers of porter. Most of their business was based in Nuns’ Island. Their coat of arms can still be seen on the facade of this building. We can presume that Palmer’s Rock (sometimes known as Saunder’s Rock), on the shore in front of this house, was named after a member of the family.
I hope you all had a nice St Patrick’s weekend.