All Blog Posts Tagged 'Galway' (113)

Chapter Six from 'A Good Girl': 'The Walsh Family Leaves Galway'

Trading Fate

Fourteen-year-old Patricia Walsh, her mother, father, and six siblings, scratched out a living in the stone fields of County Galway, Ireland. Colum Walsh supported the family as a stonemason building estate structures and repairing the fences of an…

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Added by Johnnie Bernhard on February 15, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

Everything Changed for Ireland After King Charles I's Execution

This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I, who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368 years ago, today. 

"He nothing common did or mean

Upon that memorable scene:

But with his keener eye

The axe’s…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator

When St. Brendan got back from his travels discovering America in a small wooden and leather boat around 564 AD, he wrote a book in Latin, 'Navigatio Brendani' or 'The Voyage of Brendan', which, some 900 years later (1477) convinced Christopher Columbus that there might just be something out there beyond the western…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Unpacking 'The Wreck of the Hesperus'

'You look like the wreck of the Hesperus' was a much-used phrase in our house in Loughrea, 20 miles from the sea at Galway Bay. Boys, well you know boys, they never comb their hair, never wash their hands, wear the same clothes forever. . . . You know the type, and obstinately oblivious of their appearance. In Ireland,…

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Added by Brian Nolan on January 7, 2017 at 8:30am — 6 Comments


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Royal Tara Giftware in Galway, Ireland's City of the Tribes

For over 50 years, fine bone china table and giftware have been synonymous with Royal Tara Giftware in Galway, Ireland's City of the Tribes. A prosperous merchant town in the 16th century, when it was run by 14 successful merchant families, Galway is today a vibrant university city and…

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Added by Nollaig 2016 on November 16, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Man from Derry

His name was Eoghan, and I never did catch his last name. A solid year spent with the desultory coming and going of this enigmatic man through the door of The Galway Music Center, and I came to accept him as Kieran’s friend from Derry. Kieran rarely explained himself, much less anyone attendant, and because he was the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on August 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

The Thing About Galway

Even on the best of days, when the weather is temperate and the sky soft and cloudless, Galway City has a worn, secondhand feel to it: an historic, pensive, erudite quality everywhere you roam down its serpentine streets. But there’s also an energetic undercurrent to Galway that seems to thrive on the idea of opposites,…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

A Peak at the Disappearing Supermac

I did not eat out very much on my 2015 visit to Ireland. For most of the time I had cooking facilities available for my exclusive use. It was practical as I was being fiscally prudent. I spent some time at the home of my sister, Bernie, and her husband,…

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Added by P.J. Francis on February 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Now Comes the Spring -- 'Anois Teacht An Earraigh'

Once St. Brigid's Day has passed, our thoughts turn to the arrival of Spring . . .

I was reminded of what little credit I give sometimes Ireland's forgotten writers and poets, especially those who wrote in Irish, 'as Gaeilge'. This struck home when I read again Galway's blind poet,…

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Added by Brian Nolan on February 1, 2016 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Poem for Christmas: Cuireadh do Mhuire / An Invitation to Mary

Cuireadh do Mhuire was composed by Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910 – 1988), the great Irish language poet from the village of Sruthán, on Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands, in Galway Bay.

Ó Direáin penned this beautiful and delicate verse at Christmas 1942, when the whole world was at war and his…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Reconnecting with Kieran



After more years than I care to count, Kieran has resurfaced. The last time I saw him, it was raining; it was one of those gray Galway days on New Castle Road, and I’d sleuthed Kieran out, after swearing to Adrian I’d never tell who had told me where I…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on December 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

'Famine Folios' -- Ireland's Great Irish Famine Revisited

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, has just published four new folios of research into the period of The Irish Famine under the collective title Famine Folios.

These compelling essays take a fresh and…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Recalling Fair Days in Ireland

O! farmer, strong farmer!

You can spend at the fair

But your face you must turn

To your crops and your care.

And the crowds at the fair,

The herds loosened and blind,

Loud words and dark…

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Added by Brian Nolan on October 18, 2015 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

The Way They Went -- How the Irish Got About In 1850

The Irish, while extremely fond of their horses, tended to walk everywhere, most of them not having the means nor the land to support a horse. Public transport was inefficient, to say the least. The railways had only just arrived in Ireland but were confined to short…

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Added by Brian Nolan on August 14, 2015 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Is Romantic Ireland Dead and Gone?

Well, you just have to listen to Davy Spillane's music before you answer my question. Here's a short video that I created of my recent solo exhibition in Áras Éanna on…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on June 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

In Galway, When the Sun Goes Down, the Craic Is Up!

Ireland's "Wild Atlantic Way" usually refers to the rugged conflux of seacoast and mountains to be found in the western counties. But in the city of Galway, "The Wild West" takes on a different connotation.

Galway, known throughout history as a trading center, has…

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Added by Michael Quane on June 4, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Message From The Wild West: Time Is Running Out!

Tell us why YOU want to experience the ‘Wild West’ of Ireland, and you might win a free 9-day trip there, courtesy of Wild West Irish Tours and WOW Air. Get the details!…

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Added by Wild West Irish Tours on June 3, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Knife Sharpener

Every couple of years this man would come to Loughrea, County Galway and set up shop on the footpath outside Molloy's Harp Bar on Main Street. He was an itinerant blade grinder, or knife sharpener.

Folks would get wind he was in town and quickly a queue would…

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Added by Brian Nolan on June 2, 2015 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

The Woods of Kylemore Abbey

If one is travelling through Connemara, one of the more compelling tourist destinations is Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery since 1920, which sits majestically surrounded by wooded acres behind a tranquil lake. The…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ireland Travel with a Loose Plan

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland, in an area of Connemara called Inverin, which is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City. Last October, I had good cause to return for nine days, and had invited a childhood friend to accompany me sans…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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