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The Doneraile Conspiracy

THE Doneraile Conspiracy had its origins in the Whiteboy movement, a secret society that sprung up in the mid to late 1700s. Initially they agitated against landlords fencing off commonage thus depriving tenants of grazing  rights. They later moved on to fighting for fair rents and against tithes which had to be paid to the established Church, irrespective of the tenants’ religion. In the 1820s, Whiteboys were particularly active in the North and East Cork area. It has been said that there was a conspiracy among them to assassinate three prominent local men, namely two landlords, Rear Admiral Henry Evans and Michael Creagh who was also High Sherriff for Cork and a local magistrate, George Bond Lowe. An attempt was made on Creagh but in a case of mistake identity, shots were fired at a local doctor John Norcott. Creagh convened a meeting of magistrates and offered a reward of over £700 for information on the perpetrators.  Shots were fired …

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Top EU language award for GMIT lecturers

TWO lecturers in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have won a top European award for developing a free innovative language learning kit as part of a European team. The web-based language kit called EuroCatering, caters specifically for workers and trainees in the hospitality and tourism industry.  GMIT’s French lecturer Anne Brindley and Hotel lecturer Colin Gilligan represented Ireland on the seven-country EU project which won the European Language Label of the Labels, a prestigious European Commission award. They were presented with the award in Cyprus by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou and the Vice-President of the European Parliament Miguel Angel Martinez. www.eurocatering.org is now available in seven languages – English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Slovenian and Galician with five additional languages German, Irish, Italian, Finnish and Polish beginning this month. The website includes realistic language training with virtual scenes in the kitchen and restaurant, illustrated glossaries of professional terminology in each of the languages, …

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Chinese training comes on stream in Galway

The Galway Education Centre is to become the regional training centre in the West of Ireland for Chinese Language and Culture, in partnership with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.This development is a direct response to an increase in demand for Chinese Studies classes in post primary schools in the region. The first of the language courses, a 10-week basic Mandarin and Chinese teaching skills module has begun.To announce this new development, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland director Dr Liming Wang travelled to Galway where Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon TD unveiled a plaque and officially launched the regional centre. Speaking at the event, Minister Cannon said, “It is a great pleasure for me to launch this strategic partnership for teacher training and the promotion of Chinese Studies, the teaching of Mandarin and future co-operation between schools in China and the West of Ireland region. It is a very important day for education in the west. …

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Chinese training comes on stream in Galway

The Galway Education Centre is to become the regional training centre in the West of Ireland for Chinese Language and Culture, in partnership with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.This development is a direct response to an increase in demand for Chinese Studies classes in post primary schools in the region. The first of the language courses, a 10-week basic Mandarin and Chinese teaching skills module has begun.To announce this new development, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland director Dr Liming Wang travelled to Galway where Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon TD unveiled a plaque and officially launched the regional centre. Speaking at the event, Minister Cannon said, “It is a great pleasure for me to launch this strategic partnership for teacher training and the promotion of Chinese Studies, the teaching of Mandarin and future co-operation between schools in China and the West of Ireland region. It is a very important day for education in the west. …

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Library acquires copy of famous dictionary

IT is accepted that Peter O’Connell died on February 24, 1826 and was buried in the old graveyard at Burrane in the parish of Killimer but the year of his birth cannot be certain, 1746 or 1755.One thing that is certain is he compiled a number of manuscripts, including a transcript of Cormac’s Glossary, a translation of a history of the wars of Thomond, which was composed by John McGrath in 1459 and two works jointly with another Clare man, Theophilus O’Flanagan, the first secretary of the Gaelic Society.Both works are of great interest and are called Egerton 113 and 125. In Maynooth College  library, two manuscripts by O’Connell are known as c99 and c111. The best known of his manuscripts, Egerton 83, which he spent about 40 years compiling, contains an Irish-English dictionary which Eugene O’Curry believed was the most comprehensive Irish- English dictionary in existence. Copies of that dictionary are in the Royal Irish Academy and also in …

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