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Lighting the candle

During Christmas, placing a light in the window of one’s home is a tradition in parts of the west of Ireland, including Kinvara.  In the old days the cottage door was also left unlocked throughout the night and a member of the family watched in prayer.   The tradition arose from the story of the … Continue reading

Nollaig shona daoibh

Kinvara politics – 1917

The Register 18th June, 1917 Kinvara – Politics, as they go, are still matters of conversational interest here. The Sinn Fein movement is mentioned by some with sympathy for motive and contempt for methods and organisation. The rising came as a surprise, if not a shock, to some persons, but there were, or are, scattered … Continue reading

Ireland – 1916

Catholic Press 11th September, 1919 p.6 This fine verse, which appeared in the “Bulletin” of the 19th ult. was, says the editor, censored while a Labour Government was in power in the Commonwealth. An appeal was made from the Censor to Ministers. Hugh Mahon came into conflict with his colleagues over it; but permission to … Continue reading

Doorus – 1938

Connacht Tribune 23rd July, 1938 p.5 As will be seen from our advertising columns, Doorus annual sports will be held in Traught on Sunday, July 31. The committee have secured the services of the Athenry Pipers’ Bank. As this is the Band’s first visit to South Galway they are sure of a hearty cead mile … Continue reading

A Fortnight in Lisdoonvarna – 1887

Supplement to the Cork Examiner 8th October, 1887 This beautiful and favourite health resort, which deserves to be better known than it really is, has, since the opening of the West Clare Railway, become much more easy of access, as the station at Ennistymon is only seven miles from the Spa. In the old days … Continue reading

4th December, 1934

Irish Independent 4th December, 1934 p.12 Mr. Sean Russell, I.R.A. unveiled a memorial cross, and delivered an oration, near the spot where the mutilated bodies of Patrick and Harry Loughnane (brothers) were found in November, 1920 at Carragaroe, Kinvara. The brothers were members of the Volunteers, and were taken from home by the Black and … Continue reading

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