I was asked a question some time ago that stopped me in my tracks, “What, for you, would be the seven wonders of Galway”? It made me think long and hard and I decided to draw up a list.
The Galway Carol Singers were formed in the late 1930’s by members of the Junior Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul.
In 1978, RTE were on strike for some time which meant the repair shop in O’Connor TV had nothing to do, so John O’Sullivan and friends built a 30-watt transmitter and this prompted Tom O’Connor, John O’Sullivan and Eamonn Geary to get together and set up a pirate radio station called Independent Radio Galway.
Up until the mid-nineteenth centuryImages and Links, there was a cluster of thatched cottages at Blackrock. On “The Night of the Big Wind”, these were literally blown away by the ferocity of the storm and the tide and most of the occupants had to move inland. They were mostly fishermen and there had always been a tradition of fishing in the area.
Turf was an important and indigenous fuel and so turf markets were an important factor in Galway life (long before anyone ever thought of carbon emissions) especially at this time of year as one prepared to head into winter. Farmers from Rahoon or Barna or surrounding areas would bring their neatly stacked cartloads of turf into town and sometimes go from door to door trying to sell their product.
Tim O’Leary was a native of Roscommon who came to Galway to work as a buyer for Moons. He eventually bought this corner building opposite the Industrial School and changed it into a thriving business. It was a high-class grocery which sold fruit, minerals and all kinds of confectionery.