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Galway – 1894

Irish Examiner 24th September, 1894 A repetition of the disorderly scenes which are the outcome of the street preaching nuisance took place in Galway on Friday. A fair was being held when the preachers commenced, and during the proceedings a crowd kept up whistling and groaning. The thoroughfares leading to the National and Provincial Banks … Continue reading

A Scene Unique – Eyre Square – 1922

Skibbereen Eagle 3rd June, 1922 p.2 (abridged) A scene, unique in the history of Galway, was witnessed at Eyre Square on Thursday night, 25th inst, when Messrs Stephen J. Cremin, Secretary of the local Transport Workers, and W. J. Larkin, Dublin, headed some hundreds of town tenants, with a fife and drum band, who tore … Continue reading

Galway – 1928

Galway Oliver St. John Gogarty A gray town in a country bare, The leaden seas between, When light falls on the hills of Clare And shows their valleys green, Take in my heart your place again Between your lake and sea, O city of the watery plain That means so much to me! Your cut-stone … Continue reading

The Doorus Flamingo – 1967

Connacht Tribune 8th September, 1967 p.1 (abridged) A south Galway ornithologist this week issued a “don’t shoot” appeal to local farmers and sportsmen. He believes that a strange bird that turned up on the shores of Galway Bay at Kinvara is a Flamingo! Ornithologist Mr John A. Bevan issued the appeal after he saw the … Continue reading

At the mercy of the waves – 1893

Irish Daily Independent 22nd May, 1893 Sir, A report appeared in the Independent of the 29th April from the Cork Evicted Tenants’ Association, inquiring if there was any evicted tenants who did not get grants for the last twelve months. I wish to inform you that I was evicted in 1887.  Immediately after the eviction … Continue reading

St. Coman’s, Kinvara – 1866

Freeman’s Journal 8th December, 1866 p.4 The Council during its sitting considered a requisition sent to it by the guardians of the Gort Union to close Kinvara burial ground, alleging that it was overcrowded and intramural. The inhabitants petitioned the Council not to close the burial ground, stating that there was ample accommodation, and that … Continue reading

Seamount Bazaar – 1890

Nation 11th January, 1890 p.18 The Sisters of Mercy’s concert and bazaar at Kinvara came off on Thursday the 2nd inst. Both were a great success, and a proof of the popularity of the nuns. The Misses and Master Corless, the Burlington, Dublin; the Misses Regan, Miss Burke, Lisdoonvarna; Miss McCuley, Miss Delia Corless, Kinvara; … Continue reading

Notes on Kinvara – 1936

Connacht Tribune 4th January 1936 p 13 About the reign of Henry VIII Rory Mór Darag O’Shaughnessy took the Castle of Doon from Flan Killikelly, totally demolished it, and erected one near its site which he named Doongorey. In 1612 it became the property of Thomas Taylor, who encircled it with a strong baun or … Continue reading

The Ballinderreen Corps – 1914

Connacht Tribune 25th July, 1914 p.6 The Ballinderreen Corps marched from the town to Kinvara on Sunday under the command of Mr J. Linane and Mr L Quinn. On arrival at Kinvara, they drilled in front of Mr. T.P.Corless’s hotel, after which Mr. Corless entertained them. Afterwards they marched back to Ballinderreen, when the corps … Continue reading

This strange and lovely land – 1956

Oh, for the gift of a fairy brush And magic to guide my hand. I’d paint, in the peace of a spellbound hush, This strange and lovely land. Cloud shadows on a barren hill, On the rocky coast of Clare, A watered sky, that goes drifting by, And salt in the morning air. Small fields … Continue reading



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