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Cong’s Wilde connection to be explored

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The village of Cong is marking its connection to one of the most famous writers of the 19th century - Oscar Wilde.

Who was William Wilde?

An illustrated talk about the life of Sir William Wilde, father of Oscar Wilde, will be hosted by the Cong Moytura Heritage Society on January 21.

Public lecture on Oscar Wilde’s father

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SIR WILLIAM WILDE, the father of Oscar Wilde, will be the subject of a public lecture in the Galway City Museum next week.

Take a walk on the Wilde side

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I have always had a soft spot for Lisloughrey Lodge, enjoyed many good meals there, and slept soundly in the lavish bedrooms. Previously, a stunning job was done on Lisloughrey, transforming it from old style country house into contemporary country hideaway with bedrooms and suites individually styled and decorated, oversized beds, deep piled carpets, dark wood furniture, and the latest flat screen technology. The heart of the hotel is a magnificent period building and behind it, new accommodation was added discreetly in two-bedroom units built around an attractive landscaped courtyard with covered walkways. Set in the grounds of Ashford Castle and now in common ownership, the hotel has one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Perched above Lough Corrib, just outside Cong, the most picturesque of village with little gift shops to peruse, cafes and pubs to refresh yourself in, ferry rides and woodland walks to amuse you. Fishing, golf and even falconry are all on your doorstep.

Images of Aran more than a century ago

All great books begin with an arresting sentence. I remember as a boy being captivated by JM Synge’s opening sentence in what I consider his greatest work The Aran Islands, first published in 1907, two years before his death. It has not been out of print since:

Lecture on Annaghdown ‘lost’ round tower

The Irish Annals say that in 1238 a round tower was built at the monastery of Annaghdown - the last recorded construction of such a building.

Galway to host its first festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde

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Galway will for the first time host a festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde. The festival, taking place in September, will celebrate the life and work of the writer and highlight his strong links with the west of Ireland.

New book to mark Eyre Square tercentenary

To mark Eyre Square’s 300th anniversary, a new limited edition book on the history of the city’s central point is about to be launched.

‘Lady Betty’ and the ‘ enemy of romance’

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In the 1820s the hangman for the Connacht circuit was a woman known as ‘Lady Betty’. She had actually been sentenced to death for killing her own son, and stealing his savings. But she escaped the hangman’s noose by pleading that she could fill the vacancy that existed for a hangman. Her first hanging was watched to see if she could handle the rough business of a public execution with some sort of expediency. Apparently she could. She was officially appointed to hang and flog those convicted in the Connacht courts.

‘Lady Betty’ and the ‘ enemy of romance’

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In the 1820s the hangman for the Connacht circuit was a woman known as ‘Lady Betty’. She had actually been sentenced to death for killing her own son, and stealing his savings. But she escaped the hangman’s noose by pleading that she could fill the vacancy that existed for a hangman. Her first hanging was watched to see if she could handle the rough business of a public execution with some sort of expediency. Apparently she could. She was officially appointed to hang and flog those convicted in the Connacht courts.

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