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The succession by the infamous Marcella Netterville to a large estate near Mount Bellew, Co Galway, in the 1820s owed as much to chance as it was to her unlikely mother-in-law, with the wonderful name, Kitty Cut-a-Dash. The Nettervilles were an ancient Norman family, who came to Galway from County Meath after purchasing land from the Bellew family. A judicious marriage with the Trenchs of Garbally, Ballinasloe, increased their holdings. It appears that for a time both the Nettervilles and their tenants lived at peace and in some prosperity, at least until Frederick Netterville began to spread his wild oats somewhat wide of the field.
Red C readership survey shows that Galway Advertiser is most-read local newspaper in both Galway city and county
The Galway Advertiser has maintained its position as the most read newspaper in both Galway city and county, according to an independent readership survey carried out in the area in the past few weeks.
Sinn Féin councillor Rose Conway-Walsh has described the requirement for farmers in SAC areas to get planning permission for putting up a sheep fence under the Sheep Fencing Grant Scheme as stark, raving mad.
Financial difficulties continue to beset Galway United as this week it announced cutting its paid administration staff.
The O’Sullivan family first came to Eyre Square in 1765. They took over a thatched house which had been rented by a family named Glynn from their landlord, who was one of the Eyres. The premises has been in the O’Sullivan family since. They set up a bar and grocery business, and it seems they always had rooms to let. By the time this photograph was taken c1940, they also had a travel agency which represented the Holland America Line, the Cunard White Star Line and the Greek Line (there were not too many commercial flights then). It was obviously the reason why they called the premises ‘The American Hotel’. It turned out to be an astute choice of name as they always had a lot of American guests.
The future local newspaper correspondent Seamus O’ Brien recited another instance that underlined how precious the rationed commodities were to the people who lacked them: While undertaking repairs for the Board of Health as a carpenter on a farm in the Callan district, he heard the woman of the house shouting that the kettle was boiling for the lunch break.
The Galway Advertiser is the highest circulation local newspaper in the country, according to the latest audited figures released by the UK-based Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC).
English travellers came to Ireland in great numbers during the 19th century, and Galway formed an important stop on the typical tour. The stopover invariably involved token visits to Lynch's Castle, St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and Queen's College. A visit to the Claddagh was part of the complement of must-see places, and it eventually became one of the most written about sites in Ireland. Many of these commentators travelled the same routes, stayed in the same country houses or hotels and the resulting texts are frequently similar in both content and perspective. The sameness of description permeates many travel accounts and over the century, new information is rare.