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Christmas Greetings to everyone in the Parish! I hope that you are all keeping well and in great form. No doubt, you’re all looking forward to the holidays and for the opportunity to throw your feet up for a while. I am in shock myself at the moment though because I cannot believe that it… Read more »

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Perhaps the most notable landmark in the parish of Claregalway lies just to the north of the river Clare and to the west of the Norman castle. This is the Franciscan Friary which has been in existence since the 13th Century. A certain amount of debate has been held regarding the actual year of construction… Read more »

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Autumn is usually a beautiful month with lots of Autumn colours. Unfortunately, with the high winds and rain, nearly all plants lost their leaves early. It’s not all gloom and doom however as there are many berrying shrubs and trees around to add colour. The bright berrying plants can often add colour on a very… Read more »

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The annual payment of a tithe or tenth of all farming produce, animals or income for the support of the clergy goes back a long way, to the last order “which Yahweh gave to Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites” according to the closing lines of the Book of Leviticus ch. 27:30–34. In Ireland… Read more »

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October is the month where we start getting frosts and the days begin to shorten; with this comes the end of the growing season, with plants going dormant, it is usually a good time to plant new material or for moving existing plants. There are a host of sweetly scented flowering shrubs that last from… Read more »

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Historical Sites Ringfort and Souterrain, unclassified earthwork site. Mansion and castle, enclosure and field system. Business: Byrne Concrete Dennelly Commercial Cahills (lorries, etc) Glynns Fruit & Veg. Centre Names of families who lived there in 1855: Collins, Dillon, Flesk, Flynn, Gardiner, Glynn, Kemple, Killilea, McDonald, Molony, O’Dea, Sheridan, Staunton, Walsh. Lydican Castle This site is situated in fairly low lying undulating countryside. It is just east of… Read more »

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Very little is known about the Famine of 1847 apart from the mass emigration in the West of Ireland, Claregalway included. Many people went to America from Claregalway on ships. One such case for example was that of two brothers from Clogher. One died on the way and was thrown over-board. The other brother got… Read more »

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To have an address in Tón Rua or Tonroe may not seem so glamorous at first when “Red Bottom/Arse” could be a possible translation of this placename; some people may even prefer to opt for Lydican instead. But in fact the more accurate translation is not only much more earth friendly but it would seem… Read more »

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On July 28th last, I set off for St. Flannan’s College in Ennis for a 3-week intensive French Course. I was full of trepidation, as I had read the course programme and it sounded very strict. Parents were advised to say goodbye as soon as they left students to the Reception area and that is… Read more »

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Because of the weather, very few people have been active in the garden, but September brings renewed hope for a lot of people as they plan certain tasks. Your lawn will need continued cutting and you can apply an autumn lawn food to strengthen it for the winter. This is the best time of the… Read more »

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Describing his journey around Lough Corrib, Richard Hayward in his book The Corrib Country (Dundalgan Press, 1968, p.133) had this to say about Claregalway: We shall not long have regained and travelled along the road to Galway before we notice a complete change in the landscape, for the country now for miles around is a… Read more »

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Thinking about the Gaeltacht, the things that came to mind were—very hard, boring classes, horrid food and very little of it, nice people but a rotten Bean an Tí! We were in for a surprise! The Bean an Tí was fabulous—always pleasant and chatty. We had lovely rooms which were spotlessly clean. We could watch… Read more »

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