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Senchan, Guaire and the mice of Gort -1853

J. H. Todd and Eugene Curry Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (1836 – 1869), Vol.5 (1850-1853), pp. 355-366; (abridged excerpt from On Rhyming Rats to Death ) On the death of Dallan Forgaill, the chief ollave, or poet of Erinn, about A.D. 600, Senchan Torpest, a distinguished poet of Connacht, was selected to pronounce … Continue reading

St. Patrick – Baal’s Fire – 1852

Hymn of St. Patrick The Catholic Layman Vol. 1, No. 2 (Feb. 1852), pp. 16-18 (abridged) In the year 433 St. Patrick preached at Tara before Leogaire (or Laoghaire), then the supreme monarch of Ireland, on the celebrated hill of Tara, in the county of Meath, the chief residence of the Irish kings from the … Continue reading

Those olden days – 1875

Wexford People 18th September, 1875 p.8 (abridged) The youthful comrades whom we loved, can we forget then? Never! The heartfelt pressure of each hand remains with us forever. Though many a mile of sea and land since then our paths may sever. Can we forget those olden days? No, comrades, never! Never! Some east and … Continue reading

Kilmacduagh – 1876

Tuam Herald 11th November, 1876, p1 Kilmacduagh is a parish in the barony of Kiltartan, County Galway. The See of Kilmacduagh, now a part of that of Galway, was founded by St. Colman, who, being son of Duagh, was distinguished from other Colmans, his contemporaries, by the appellation of MacDuagh. He build a monastery and … Continue reading

St Caimin/Coman -1931

Tuam Herald January 17th, 1931 p4. St. Caimin of Inis-Cealtra, was half brother to King Guaire, and he is also called Coman of the Third Order of the Saints. Dr. Lanigan things the two identical and, if so, Coman was the founder of the Church of Kinvara. He was a great scholar, versed in Hebrew … Continue reading

A card – 1783

 THE VOLUNTEERS JOURNAL OR IRISH HERALD 22ND OCTOBER, 1783 P1 For the Volunteers’ Journal – A card (abridged) A certain libidinous gouty old gentleman, of the aldermanic tribe, not very far from Grafton Street, is desired to desist from his endeavours to seduce the innocent females of his neighbourhood, otherwise, besides having his name and … Continue reading

Loughrea – 1784

VOLUNTEERS JOURNAL OF THE IRISH HERALD 4TH JUNE, 1784 PAGE ONE (abridged) At a meeting of the Gentlemen, Clergy and other inhabitants of the county of Galway, at Loughrea, on Tuesday the 25th of May, 1784 pursuant to public notice Colonel PERSSE in the chair, the following resolutions were unanimously agreed to; 1. that to … Continue reading

Kilcolgan Farm – 1910

Connacht Tribune 9th July, 1910 p3 Kilcolgan Farm Vice-President Roveagh Branch answers Mr. St. George. Mr Thomas.Kilkelly of Rhynn, Kilcolgan writes in reply to a letter which appeared in our correspondence columns under the above heading, signed by R. St. George, in which reference has been made to a “Mr. Kilkelly.” I have, (he says), … Continue reading

Dongorey – 1914

TUAM HERALD 16th MAY, 1914 The Right Hon. Archer Martyn, Justice of the Count of Appeal of British Columbia, writes as follows on his kinsmen of Tullyra Castle and Dongorey; In the Record Office, among the grants pursuant to Privy Seal, there is one dated at Westminster, February 21, 1615, to Oliver Martyn, of Kinvarra, … Continue reading

William Hynes, Kinvara – 1920

Connacht Tribune – 1920 The Art of Making Rebels HOW THE GOVERNMENT PERSECUTED A KINVARA MAN AND HIS FRIENDS Mr. William Hynes, Kinvara, one of the hunger strikers recently released from Wormwood Scrubbs, was arrested at Abbey, Loughrea, early in Spring, and confined in Galway prison. He was remanded on a few occasions while “the … Continue reading

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