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I have often wondered how the unusual name of Zetland found its way to the head of Cashel Bay in the heart of Connemara. It is, of course, the name of a well known hotel today. The hotel was founded in the closing years of the 19th century, by the son of a mountain farmer, JJ O'Loughlin, who had a canny instinct for business. The hotel was originally called The Zetland Arms, and before that The Viceroy's Rest. All these names allude to the hotel's distinguished patron Lawrence Dundas, Viceroy or Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1889 to 1902, in which year he became the Marquis of Zetland.
Under Norman rule Galway rapidly developed from an obscure village into an important seaport with trade contacts all over Europe. This transformation was entirely due to the merchant community who made themselves into an oligarchy who not only owned and directed the town’s trade, but completely controlled the municipal government, the election of mayors, and, uniquely, the appointment of priests and wardens to St Nicholas’ Collegiate church. They enjoyed total power. They lived in opulent houses, many of which had elaborately carved doorways, secure within the walls of the town, indifferent to the Gaelic natives who were kept firmly outside the gates.*
The current Volkswagen’s e-Golf has a starting price of €27,895, which starts out with a recommended retail price (RRP) of €37,895, less the SEAI grant of €5,000 and VRT rebate of €5,000 bringing the price to a private customer down to €27,895.
The calendar year 2019 has proven to be the busiest year on record at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers climbing by almost five percent to 807,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, surpassing the previous record of 772,000 passengers achieved in 2018.
Ireland West Airport in Knock saw its busiest year on record last year with passenger numbers growing five per cent on the previous record set in 2018 to reach 807,000 in 2019.
IN 1770, a child was born in the city of Bonn, then part of the Holy Roman Empire, who would go on to become a towering genius of music. His name was Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Eye Cinema in Wellpark is delighted to invite you to André Rieu’s ’70 Years Young’ special birthday celebrations.
2020 MARKS the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the absolute giants of music - of classical, or any genre - Ludwig van Beethoven, and his music will be at the centre of Music for Galway's annual mid-winter festival.
Tomorrow is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and events will take place in Shop Street and Mainguard Street and again on Sunday outside the Franciscan Abbey.
A new service for holidaymakers from the West of Ireland to Majorca in sunny Spain will commence on March 31, 2020, from Ireland West Airport with their newest airline partner Lauda.