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The Castlebar mutineer

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On 21 September 1797, HMS Hermione was hit by a squall off the coast of Cape Nicola Mole. The storm set in motion a series of events that led to the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history. One account places Castlebar man Patrick Walsh among the ringleaders. During the storm, Captain Hugh Pigot ordered the topsails to be reefed. The topmen struggled to get it done quickly. An angry Pigot screamed—the last man down will be flogged. In the panic, three young sailors fell to their death. Pigot had their bodies thrown overboard. Two boatswain's mates were tasked with flogging the remainder of the topmen for dissent.

Bill King’s passion for the sea was inspired by his Granny Mackenzie

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Week IV

Two war heroes returned to Galway ‘empty and depressed’

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Week III

Innovative projects receive funding through Westmeath Creative Ireland Grants

Over 20 highly ambitious creative projects have been funded in Westmeath as part of the Creative Ireland Grants in 2023.

Fathers seek reconciliation in Oranmore Castle

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One of the most extraordinary meetings in the aftermath of any war took place in May 2004 in Oranmore Castle, the home of the late Commander Bill King RN, and his family.

‘Literally no place for tenants to go’ says Threshold at Féile Housing Festival

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A first of its kind housing festival, Féile Housing, took place in the city last weekend, looking at the realities of the current housing emergency and possible solutions over the two-day event.

Review of Tuam ambulance service under way

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The HSE’s national ambulance service in the west is currently reviewing Tuam’s ambulance base to see if it needs to be expanded.

‘The girl we left behind us’

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In the immediate aftermath of the recapture of Clifden by the anti-Treaty forces on Sunday 29 October 1922, the town was in a mess. Every house on Main Street had its windows and doors shattered. The streets were littered with glass as a result of explosions. In the houses opposite the barracks ‘not a picture remained on the walls, nor a piece of furniture unscathed’. Porter and spirits ‘flowed out the door’ of Lavelle’s pub. The ‘armoured car’, which had caused so much surprise, and gave cover to allow bombs to be placed, was removed and abandoned at Killery. It was noted that for the first time in living memory there were no church services in Clifden that Sunday.

Anti-Treaty forces ‘secret weapon’ helps recapture Clifden

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On Saturday night, October 28 1922, a large force of anti-Treatyites made their way carefully and with as little noise as possible, into the silent streets of Clifden. They had already ‘taken’ Clifden the previous July, but were unceremoniously driven out by the National Army who approached Clifden by sea achieving total surprise.

The Protestant Boys orphanage at Clifden

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Even though the National Army ousted the anti-Treaty forces from Clifden in August 1922, they had not gone away. They still remained a threatening force, well armed and determined. Ever since the Black and Tan war the so called Connemara Flying Column, still under the leadership of Peter McDonnell, Gerald Bartley and others, were firmly on the anti-Treaty side. They were familiar with the path-ways and mountain hide-outs, which made them virtually invisible in times of pursuit.


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