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In August 1896 WB Yeats and his friend Arthur Symons went on a tour of the west of Ireland. The poet was 31 years of age. They stayed with Edward Martyn at Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, visited the Aran Islands, and Yeats made his first visit to Lady Gregory at Coole Park.
On April 26 1967 the body of a man was found on Hampstead Heath. It was charred and burnt beyond recognition. Initial investigation found that the man had deliberately set fire to himself. Who was this man?
One of Ireland’s favourite funnymen, Tommy Tiernan, has become an honorary member of Castlebar Men’s Shed.
Connemara-based Nioclas O Conchubhair Teo has recently re-launched a new stove, fuel and insulation centre.
SuperValu retailers in Mayo are calling on the county to get behind this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition. Last year there were 37 entries from Mayo with Westport winning the overall county award, in addition Bridie Moran of Westport TidyTowns was recognised as a SuperValu TidyT owns Hero for 2012.
Turlough village will hold its famous annual duck race, heritage and fair day on Sunday June 17, with all the fun of the fair, entertainment and craft stalls on Turlough Street from mid-day until late evening.
Organisers of a 'Summer Picnic and Cycle in the Park' taking place on Sunday June 17 are hoping that the event will become an important element in Galway city’s social calendar.
After more than 70 years as a builders’ providers T O’hUiginn in Shantalla has built up a wealth of experience, becoming a leading supplier of building materials and products, but this year it took a new direction, renovating the store with the aim of becoming much more retail-friendly, a place where now everyone, not just industry professionals, can come and benefit from expert advice and top quality products in everything from timber and cement to paints, stoves, bathrooms, and other household products.
The participants in the Galway Rising of April 1916 anticipated their arrest and humiliation. During Easter Week, while the rebels were attacking police stations in parts of east Galway, and threatening an invasion of the town, the RIC was quick to round up all the usual suspects. They were easily recognised. Their public training, and their interruptions of recruitment meetings made them well known to the police. They were loaded into open-top vehicles and paraded ‘for the entertainment of the townsfolk’. Volunteer Frank Hardiman remembered being set upon and beaten by rowdies at a number of places, and pelted with mud by the town’s inhabitants.
ON SEPTEMBER 21 1588, a violent storm of tornado strength broke up three ships of the Spanish Armada and ran them aground on Streedagh Beach in County Sligo.