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Lore of olden days – 1937/38

Collected by Kathleen Fallon,Clochar na Trocaire, Kinvara from Patrick Fallon, Carpenter, aged 57 There is not a district in Ireland that has not certain days and dates for different things. On Friday people who wash clothes are supposed to be unlucky for the rest of the day. Friday is cross day round the district of … Continue reading

The Flaggy Shore

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 245 Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD Ballyvaughan N.S THE FLAGGY SHORE There is a special spot in New Quay. It has derived its name from the vast number of enormous rocks which are still to be seen near the shore. The following story is told about … Continue reading

The Long Black Hand

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0036, Page 0210 National Folklore Collection, UCD. From Ardrahan, Co. Galway Teacher: Tomas S. O Meadhra Collector: Cahal Kelly from Michael Kelly, Ardrahan. There was a certain old witch in Kinvara and she lived under a big tree with five branches out of it. Every night at ten o’clock she used … Continue reading

Galway Election Petition – 1872

GALWAY ELECTION PETITION Nenagh Guardian 24th April, 1872 p.4 At the hearing of the Galway election petition on Saturday, evidence was given as to altar addresses by the Rev.Mr. Forde in Kinvara Chapel. He said those who voted for Trench would be regarded as soupers and renegades. Mr Constantine Sloper, and Mr Tully, Solicitor, deposed … Continue reading

Three Galway Playwrights

Three Galway Playwrights. Irish Travel, Official organ of the Irish Tourist Association Vol. XII. No. 4 January, 1937 p. 85 Galway has given three great figures to the Irish literary revival – Lady Gregory, Seamus O’Kelly and Edward Martyn. Seamus O’Kelly was born in Loughrea in 1881 and educated at St. Brendan’s College there. Later … Continue reading

Enjoying the sun

Young foxes are beginning to wander from their dens. Please watch out for them on the roads.

Kinvara – 1905

The Intermountain Catholic (Salt Lake City Utah) 26th August, 1905, p2. Mr Justice Meredith delivered judgment on Thursday in reference to the Kinvarra estate formerly owned by Mr. Blake Foster. He held that the Estates commissioners were entitled in the exercise of their discretion to declare the estate not ‘fit to be regarded as an … Continue reading

Lydican Castle – 1922

Newmarket Era 3rd November, 1922 p2. Lydican Castle, built in Cromwellian days in County Galway was destroyed by fire set by armed men on Saturday. The men kept the family occupying the castle under armed guard in an outhouse during the fire. The Republican forces who came on the scene helped to save some of … Continue reading

The Headless Coach – Kinvara

The Headless Coach The Headless Coach is a sort of a topic of a story that is talked of in the country inns. But it is not entirely a fairy tale. When a person sees the Headless Coach they are supposed to die soon afterwards. I went up for a holiday in Kinvara, and I … Continue reading

Kinvara – 1889

The Irish Standard, April, 13, 1889 p7. On Friday the 15th ult., a large force of police, accompanied by Redington’s representative, Malone, and a brace of emergencyment, with a battering ram, invaded the town of Kinvara, for the purpose of carrying out evictions on the property of Major John Wilson Lynch, chairman of the Galway … Continue reading

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