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by Josephine (Higgins) Moran Cregboy, Claregalway Michael Higgins, Ballyheane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo married Kathleen Cruise, Ballyhaunis in 1947. The medal bearing the black and deep orange ribbon with an imprint of an armed soldier reads: Éire, Cogadh na Saoirse (Ireland, a fight for freedom). This was presented to my father for his part in the… Read more »

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Galway County Council and the Library Service have created a special website and blog for the Decade of Commemoration. They will be officially launched in Tuam Library on Thursday, January 28 at 2pm by the Cathaoirleach of Co Galway Cllr Peter Roche. All are most welcome to come to this special event. The Decade of Commemoration… Read more »

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There was a large turnout at the opening of the Claregalway Museum located at the Smyth Forge complex at Loughgeorge. Speaking at the opening Tom Lenihan said this project would not have happened without the co-operation of the Smyth family. He paid tribute to the hardworking committee who undertook the challenge of developing this project,… Read more »

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This story is by poet, and regular contributor to Nuacht Chláir, Edward Coppinger. Up to the middle of the last century Co Galway was rich in characters who travelled about doing work such as clockmakers, thatchers, jobbing builders and rough carpenters. Part of the community, they were liked and respected, even if sometimes odd or… Read more »

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Fr Thomas Hosty’s arrival to Claregalway in 1838 coincided with construction of the new church, which was to replace the penal-day, thatched roof chapel, which was also situated in Lakeview, a short distance away. It was completed in 1838 but on the 6th of January 1839—the Night of the Big Wind also known as Oíche… Read more »

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Seeing that pile of rubble beside the bridge in Claregalway last Sunday reminded me of a time in the mid-seventies, when a small group of men from the parish got together and built a wall. On its own, the wall would not have had any significance. It was hardly twelve feet high and no more than… Read more »

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Claregalway Handball Alley was demolished on Friday 3rd September last as part of the works being carried out by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to help reduce the chances of further flooding of the N17 and Claregalway as was experienced last November. The Alley was demolished to make way for a further eye to… Read more »

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Claregalway has experienced a development boom in the last few years. The tiny village we grew up in, where everybody knew one another and the highlight of a child’s week was a stroll down to Hessions Shop for a a 20p bag of sweets, has now become a centre of industry, bursting at the seams with new development…. Read more »

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The old school in Carnmore opened its doors on June 16th. 1885. when Fr R. McHugh was the P.P. in Claregalway. In the intervening 120 years the school has been very successful, growing in numbers of pupils and staff and providing a high standard of education for the youth of the area. We are not… Read more »

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The Draft Development Plan for Claregalway is a blueprint for the development of the village for the next six years. This is a critical period in the development of the village as it moves from an era where little growth or change took place to the present time with pressure for housing, community facilities, new… Read more »

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On the 11th of April 2001, a very successful meeting was held at the Carnmore Community Centre. The objective of the meeting was to notify the Claregalway Parish about the advertised Green Area Pilot Project. People from the two main areas, Claregalway and Carnmore, were invited. Rosaleen Fox chaired the meeting and Noel Grealish our… Read more »

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For the past few months you may have noticed that Dúchas are rebuilding and repairing some of the walls in and around our local Friary. This work is very important as old stone walls tend to slip and deteriorate over time and this restrengthening of the walls will help to keep it secure and safe for… Read more »

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