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On September 14, 1944 a United States Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator Bomber crashed into the Atlantic Ocean close to Ballyconneely in Connemara.
Shortly after dawn on Saturday, September 16 1944, Michael Conneely, a bachelor of 55 years, was asleep in his cottage at Ailleabreach, Ballyconneely, when loud banging on his door woke him. He shouted ‘who’s there?’ The storm of the previous two days had abated but he couldn’t make out what the voice said. Grabbing a pitchfork, he slowly opened to door. Outside were two men, wet to the skin, in deep distress. Michael put the pitchfork to the throat of the first man: “Who are you?”
In the late 12th century, the Diocese of Annaghdown came into existence in the area surrounding the city of Galway. In 1324 it was united with Tuam, but the Anglo-Norman families refused to accept direction from Tuam. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII made St Nicholas’ Church a Collegiate Church governed by a warden (not a bishop) and eight vicars. Edmund ffrench, the last warden, was made Bishop of Kilmacduagh in 1824. On April 27, 1831, the Bull ‘Sedium Episcopalaism’ was issued by Pope Gregory XVI erecting the Diocese of Galway. On October 23, 1831, the first Bishop of the Diocese, George Joseph Plunkett Browne, was consecrated, and in 1844 he was succeeded by Laurence O’Donnell. John McEvilly became Bishop in 1857.
Galway's Martin Mulkerrins and Ciana Ní Churraoin finished runners-up in their respective USHA National Four Wall finals recently.
Galway-headquartered Merit Medical Ireland won the Medtech Company of the Year Award 2018, a prestigious award granted by a panel consisting of Irish business enterprise and governmental agency leaders, at an awards ceremony held awards in Cork last week.
FRANKIE GAVIN, Gradam Ceoil’s 2018 Traditional Musician Of The Year, and long-time stalwart of De Danann, has launched a brand new, high-octane fiddle group, The Provenance, who play the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday June 3 in a gala birthday celebration for Tigh Choilí.
IF YOU cannot make it to Nick Cave's concert with Patti Smith in Kilmainham in June, you can enjoy a week of concert films and documentaries on the Australian genius at the Palás Cinema.
Galway WFC return to action on Sunday with the opening round of the 2018 Women's National League campaign.
For many years, Galway East was derided for its predictability – ‘the boring constituency’ guaranteed to return two FF and one FG TD and with no doubt about who the individuals concerned would be.
The stunning book Oyster Gastronomy by Máirín Uí Chomáin and Michael O’Meara has been selected to represent Ireland at the forthcoming World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China, in May this year.