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Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. After the death of at least five of his older siblings as small children during the Great Irish Famine, spanning 1842-1847, the Brennan family emigrated to start a new life in the gold rush boomtown of Melbourne,…See More
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Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. After the death of at least five of his older siblings as small children during the Great Irish Famine, spanning 1842-1847, the Brennan family emigrated to start a new life in the gold rush boomtown of Melbourne,…See More
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Brían Hoban commented on Joe Gannon's blog post Mayo's Father Andrew Conroy: Martyr of the 1798 Rising
"Following on from Blog above I came across an interesting story from Folklore of  Ballycastle, County Mayo relating to Fr Conroy's execution.  There once lived in Kilbride, Ballycastle a very devout and holy man called Fr. Flanagan…"
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Castlebar Honors Native Son, Inventor Extraordinaire

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Louis Philip Brennan was born on Main Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, on January 28, 1852, the 10th child of Thomas Brennan, a hardware merchant in the town. 

After the death of at least five of his older siblings…

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For the Harried, Fáilte 'Nollaig na mBan'

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 6:00am 5 Comments

“Nollaig na mBan,” or “Little Women’s Christmas,” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld…

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Irish New Year Traditions

Posted on December 31, 2015 at 3:30pm 8 Comments



New Year's Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana)

These days, when we think of New Year, parties, champagne and celebration spring to mind. Once upon a time however, it was more about getting through a quiet night. The New Year was never really a big festival in Ireland, with the focus more on the necessities of…

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History of the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, County Mayo

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

The Church of the Holy Rosary was dedicated on Rosary Sunday 7th October 1901.

The need for a new church had been acknowledged as far back as the 1860’s. Cannon Mc Gee like his predecessor Archdeacon Brown was an enthusiastic and talented man. He saw the need for a new church and set about the task of raising funds for the establishment of a new church. As…

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