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Galway – 1933

Daily Illinois 24th October, 1933

Galway Cathedral Photo:EO'D
Galway Cathedral

The air-minded fisher-folk of this district gave enthusiastic welcome to Col. Lindbergh and Mrs Charles A. Lindbergh today.
The flying American couple made a perfect landing in the great harbour of Galway shortly after 5 p.m. after a five and a half hour flight from Southampton, England.

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Election – 1933

Daily Illinois 29th January 1933
DeValera has majority of 1 seat in new Dail
President Eamon De Valera will have a majority of one seat in the new Dail Eireann which meets two weeks from today. The counting of the final ballots in Tuesday’s general election, completed tonight with the last returns from Galway, assured the tall, gaunt Spanish-Irish president a total number of seats in the lower house of the legislature which will make unnecessary his reliance on labor members, usually steadfast but occasionally doubtful allies.

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Kilmacduagh – 1933

Connacht Tribune 7th January, 1933 p.11 (abridged)

Kilmacduach Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Kilmacduach (Cill Mac Duach – Mac Duach’s Church), County Galway, three and a half miles from Gort, is situated in rather bleak country on the Clare border.  St. Colman Mac Duach founded a monastic settlement there in the seventh century.  He spent the earlier part of his life as a hermit in the wilds of Clare, and many are the legends told about him and the holy wells dedicated to him in the neighbourhood.  Then, having the good fortune, like most of the Connacht saints, to belong to a royal family, he received a grant of land at the present Kilmacduach from his kinsman, King Guaire.

There are several ecclesiastical ruins. The Cathedral of the old diocese of Kilmacduagh is a large building, but ruined.   The west gable and doorway and part of the side-wall, built of large polygonal stones, are ancient, and probably part of St. Colman’s original church; but the rest of the church is fifteenth century. There is a good doorway in the north wall of the nave. North of the Cathedral is Teampal Iun (St. John’s Church) with a fifteenth century nave.  The east windows, round-headed, displays the graceful Irish Romanesque style at its loveliest.  The opes are only eight and a half inches wide but eight feet high, with rich mouldings on the internal jambs and external reveals.  A slender torus encloses the whole window.  The south windows, of one light, with a hood moulding, is almost as beautiful.  The piers of the chancel arch are transepts, but preserve some of the best points of the Irish Romanesque style.  They consist of three engaged pillars, with sculptural capitals and bases.  There are quoinshafts to the chancel, beautifully pointed.  This church was evidently built between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, before the Norman invasion disturbed the place of the bishops of Kilmacduach.

There are remains of several other churches, and some tombs, notably those of the O’Shaughnessys, in whose territory the village stands.  St. Colman’s reputed tomb is shown nearby.

The Round Tower is one of the finest in Ireland, and is nearly perfect. It belongs to the”fourth” type, with a typical semicircular arch to the doorway, built with three stones.  It was probably built at the same time as Teampul Iun.  It is 112 feet high with a base circumference of sixty-five and a half feet.  The base has a plinth of large stones dressed to the round and the top has been restored with inferior masonry.  The tower leans some four feet out of the vertical, the result probably of a subsidence of the foundations, though cannon balls fired at it by Cromwell’s soldiers is the reputed cause.  The numerous windows are triangular, with inclined sides.  From the tower there is a wonderful view, as the builders intended there should be, across miles of country, and over a good part of Galway Bay.

Ed. Lynam

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New Quay – 1933

Connacht Tribune 27th May, 1933 p.6 (abridged)

New Quay, County Clare Wikimedia Commons
New Quay, County Clare
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No progressive or prideful village, however small it may seem to those who do not live in it, likes to be isolated from the main stream of traffic. Yet this is what will happen to the village of New Quay if the present scheme of steamrolling the road between the bridge at Currenroo on the Clare border and Ballyvaughan is persisted in. For the purpose of saving six hundred yards, it is proposed to make what would be virtually a new road through the Ballaghdhine boreen, once made by Barton Bindon for the purpose of watering his horses. Thus the level road to New Quay would be altogether ignored and traffic would be diverted from a village which is a fishing and seaside resort. It is obvious that little saving could be effected by the alternative road, for, inasmuch as the New Quay highway would still have to be maintained at the public expense, an additional stretch would be added to maintenance costs. Moreover, there are a number of ratepayers interested on the New Quay road, whereas there are one on the proposed new thoroughfare. In all the circumstances, it would seem that the wisest, if not the only, course would be to follow the line of the old road which possesses the added convenience of a post office and public telephone service – often a matter of importance on a lonely highway.

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Church -v- State 1933

Anglo Celt 27th May, 1933 p.12 (abridged)

Photo: EO'D
Photo: EO’D

Speaking at Kinvara on Wednesday, after dealing with the Pastoral of 1931
Most Rev Dr O’Doherty said;
There is another evil that is creeping in slowly and the people must be on their guard against it. You may not know that some years ago a dozen young Communists from this country went to Moscow and Berlin to be educated in the methods of Communist propaganda and the Godless methods of Soviet Russia and came back, some of them paid, some of them unpaid, to propagate these methods in Catholic Ireland.

More on Kinvara in the news, archives at

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Anxious to vote? – 1933

1922 2/6 value King George V stamp overprinted Saorstát Éireann 1922 for use in the newly independent Irish Free State Irish Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1922 2/6 value King George V stamp overprinted Saorstát Éireann 1922 for use in the newly independent Irish Free State
Irish Minister for Posts and Telegraphs

Man in Ireland cycles 100 miles to cast his ballot.

Dublin, Ireland – Two centenarians were among the first to case their vote in Donegal as the Irish Free State went to the polls. In Kenmare a husband, a wife, aged 101 and 99 years respectively, voted their preferences.
A Galway man cycled 100 miles to cast his ballot, while an enthusiast in Killarney walked 40 miles to do his bit for his party.