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Galway Fair – 1909

Tuam Herald, 21st August, 1909 (abridged) On day of Galway August Fair, a cow sold to a countryman by Mr Martin Ashe was afflicted by the great heat. It dashed towards the docks and jumped into the water below the dock gates. Sergeant O’Neill, availing of a boat in which there were two soldiers, went … Continue reading

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St. George’s corn – 1823

Connaught Journal – 24th April, 1823 TOWN OF GALWAY SESSIONS (abridged) – This case came on on Friday last. Mr. M. had been conveying corn from Oughterard, west of this town, to Tyrone, Ballinderreen, the seat of his master, Arthur French ST. GEORGE, Esq.  On arriving at the toll-gap, toll was demanded of him by … Continue reading

Morning mist – Kinvara

Whitsuntide – 1889

The Holiday Customs of Ireland – James Mooney Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 26 No. 130 (July – December, 1889) Whitsunday, in Gaelic called Cingcis, is a moveable festival occurring generally about the end of May or the beginning of June, and deserves notice on account of the mysterious fatality connected with it, … Continue reading

A Visit to Lady Gregory – 1921

The North American Review, Vol. 214, No. 789 (August 1921) pp. 190 – 200 by Signe Toksvig To get from Dublin to Coole Park, the home of Lady Gregory, one normally takes a train from Dublin to Athenry, and another from Athenry to Gort, the village nearest to Coole. But times were not exactly normal … Continue reading

A trip through Clare – 1869

Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (1836-1869), Vol. 10 (1866 – 1869), pp. 440-443 M. Brogan – 8th February, 1869 (abridged) When travelling through the country on official duty, I frequently meet with antiquarian remains, some of which may not have as yet been brought under the notice of the Academy. Being recently employed on … Continue reading

Galway Gaol – 1883

New York Tribune 14th January 1883 p.1 The ghost of Miles Joyce is the latest witness against Saxon tyranny.  As the warders of Galway Jail have made application for a transfer to another prison, it is probable that the ghost carries a musket and uses threats. Lord Spencer has personally undertaken the maintenance of the … Continue reading

Tawnagh twilight

Corcomroe – 1911

Connacht Tribune 7th January, 1911 p.12 (To an effigy in Corcomroe Abbey, Co. Clare, of Prince Conor O’Brien of Thomond, killed in the battle of “Suidhne.” A.D. 1267). God rest your soul, O’Brien, Thomond’s Prince so brave, Proud eagle of the mountains, Your pride is now the grave. Your noble head is lowly, That stooped … Continue reading

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