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‘How did the Germans receive our plans? With polite incredulity’…..wrote Liam Ó Briain, the Galway professor who took part in the 1916 Rising, ‘ignorant of Ireland they viewed us as forlorn visionaries, and even doubted whether we would be rash enough to challenge the armed might of England’.
Statistics released at Monday's Galway City Joint Policing Committee confirmed that 53 burglaries took place in January and February 2020 with only 18 recorded in the same months in 2021.
Just over a year ago a screeching halt was called on life as we knew it and with it the action on the sporting field.
The top international hotelier, Irishman Brendan Dwyer, was on holidays last February in the Maldives when the pandemic began in China. "We noticed they were taking temperatures at Mali airport on the way home, so it was about to kick off. A week later the big news was coming in from China. And two weeks later the EU were saying we have a problem and a week later it was game over and we had to shut up shop.”
Last week I lost my Dad to Covid. In talking since with my friend, Declan Varley, editor of this paper, he asked would I put some words down to relay to you readers what it is like to lose someone during these surreal times. If this piece, that I write amidst oceans of grief, helps one person to adhere to Covid restrictions more fully, and therefore potentially saves a life, that would be an enduring legacy to Dad.
For most of December 1920, Thomas Hynes, quartermaster of the Galway IRA, was in Queen’s College Galway - today's NUIG - hiding from Crown forces, sleeping on top of bookshelves, and assisting in the making of grenades.
Looking back 12 months at Insider’s preview of 2020, the danger of making even short-term predictions is starkly illustrated! The upcoming General Election, a post-Brexit trade deal, and the ongoing housing crisis were cited as the issues likely to dominate the political year; as it turned out, all featured but there was not one word about the issue that dominated the year - Covid-19.
Complacency is the biggest enemy in the battle against the Covid-19 virus and it is important that people are on their guard and remain compliant in the run-up to Christmas, a nursing union official said this week.