Tuesday 25 April 2017
Category: Talking History Posted on 19 Apr 2017
Crossroads dancing was a very popular social event in Ireland up to the early part of the twentieth century. It was a way for young people to meet, dance and generally have fun at a time when there was very little entertainment available to them. The crossroads was chosen mainly because of the space that the area provided for dancers. The dances were usually held on Sunday afternoons and this was welcomed as a means of enjoyment and recreation for...read more...
1916 - A year on
Category: Talking History Posted on 12 Apr 2017
In April 1917, the British Government banned all commemoration ceremonies of the rebellion that had taken place during Easter week a year earlier. The reason for taking such action was a concern about the changing attitudes of so many Irish people at the time. The men who had shouldered rifles and faced firing squads and hostile crowds in 1916 were now heroes. A strong movement for an independent Ireland had emerged from the ashes of the GPO and it was...read more...
Ken Bruen - Award winning crime writer
Category: Talking History Posted on 05 Apr 2017
Ken Bruen is one of Galway’s best known authors. He was once described as the ‘Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel’. This is not surprising when one considers that he is ranked with some of the leading crime authors in the world. Ken was born on 3 January 1951 at number 9 Eyre Square. His parents were Paddy and Ina Bruen, who founded the well-known insurance company of the same name. The family later moved to Newcastle, Galway. He was...read more...
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