Ryan O'Rourke's Blog Posts Tagged 'Galway' (9)

The Irishman Every Baseball Fan Should Know

John P. Joyce is a name that would not be familiar to most people around the world, and even in his native Ireland.  Born in County Galway in 1839, Joyce was a pioneer in the development of professional baseball in the United States, and specifically in Ohio.  Along with Harry…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on November 22, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

91 Years and Counting: Connemara and its Pony

The Annual Connemara Pony Festival takes place in Clifden, County Galway from Sunday the 27th through Sunday the 24th of August. The highlight of the festival is the Connemara Pony Show on Thursday and Friday. To mark this important annual event, I'd like to offer this brief primer…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on August 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Ireland's Midland Great Western Railway

I recently came across the lovely and nostalgic promotional poster from Ireland's Midland Great Western Railway shown above.  Although I live one of the areas formerly served by this grand old railroad, I didn't know much about the history thereof.  I've shared the information…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 9, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Catching Up on Cúirt with Festival Director Dani Gill

I recently sat down with the Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Dani Gill (picture above).  The Cúirt festival is in its 29th year here in Galway, and they have gone from strength to strength as one of the premier literature festivals in all the world.  Writers and…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 8, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

50 Years Ago - Galway's Aspirations to Become an Irish-Speaking City

Fifty years ago today (21 January, 1964), the Irish Language Commission released a report stating that Galway should be made an Irish-speaking city.  RTÉ News spoke to some of Galway's citizens to get their opinions of the plans.  …

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on January 21, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Capaillíní Chonamara: Ireland's Most Iconic Animal

This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers.  On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld traditions.

Last night (26 December, 2013), a new…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 27, 2013 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

Introducing: The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork.  With a launch date of March 2014, this route consists of existing roadways, but it will offer visitors an opportunity…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on December 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

A 19th Century Account of The Claddagh

Galway City has historically been among the "most Irish" of all Irish towns/cities -- some would even argue that it would top that list.  For evidence of this, one need look no further than Galway's unofficial slogan, Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann,…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on May 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Sunday at Cúirt: Recalling Ireland's Great Hunger

While we were not able to attend any of the Saturday events at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature due to prior obligations, the lineup certainly had great appeal.  Moreover, all the chatter on Twitter and from other sources of discussion indicates a superb…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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