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The rise of Knocknacarra FC’s underage set-up continues. What started at McGrath’s Field 25 years ago or so has transformed into a hugely successful operation. Every Saturday morning at Cappagh Park during the football season is packed with action.
As a player, coach, and administrator Joe Keating has given decades of service to Galway football. Living next door to Eamonn Deacy Park means Keating remains a keen observer of the game.
The recent injunction requested by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) on works at Lough Funshinagh could cause devastating delays for the local community, local Fine Gael Senator, Aisling Dolan, has stated.
Ninety years ago, on August 2, 1931, the world famous long-distance swimmer, Miss Mercedes Gleitz, attempted to swim from the Aran Islands to Salthill. She did in fact manage to swim from Inis Meán to Spiddal in 18 hours 43 minutes, a distance of 18 miles as the crow flies, but it was estimated that with currents, etc, she covered a distance of nearly 30 miles. Two days later she gave a swimming demonstration in Salthill and presented a cup to the Chamber of Commerce to be presented to the school in the county which presented the greatest number of swimmers in relation to its student numbers. She stimulated a lot of interest in the sport, which had received a terrific boost just a few months before with the formation of two clubs, Blackrock Swimming Club and Galway Swimming Club. This guaranteed competition between the clubs and quickly helped raise standards.
“Any day we got to Terryland, any day we played there, that was a huge thing, not just when we played there, I remembered being there twice with my U8s and U10s kids, it was just brilliant being in Terryland,” MacDara stalwart Diarmuid Ó Céide says about his involvement with the proud An Cheathrú Rua club.
In June 1858 Galway town was in a fever of wild speculation and excitement. Its vision for a magnificent transatlantic port off Furbo, reaching deep into Galway Bay, where passengers from Britain, and throughout the island of Ireland, would be brought to their emigration ship in the comfort of a train, now faced being scuppered by the apparent criminal intent of the two local pilots.
For a couple of decades PJ Norman was a highly regarded goalkeeper in the Galway & District League.
Even among the supreme leaders of Soviet Russia in the 1920s there was fear. When Clare Sheridan, the sculptor who spent her latter years in Galway, was leaving the Moscow War Ministry late one night accompanied by the powerful head of the Red Army and Commissar for Military Affairs, Leon Trotsky, armed soldiers on the bridge at the Neva, stood out on the road, and stopped their car.
Local Fine Gael Senator, Aisling Dolan and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), visited the shores of Lough Funshinagh in recent times to witness the ongoing works being undertaken to enhance water level control at the location.