6994 Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society
Volume 59. 2007. €20.00
Coolfin Books
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Co. Waterford Close

Editorial ix
Launch of CD-ROM by Prof. James S. Donnelly Jr xi
Fresh insights into long-term environmental change on the Aran Islands based on palaeoecological investigations of lake sediments on Inis Oírr by Karen Molloy & Michael O’Connell 1
Vestiges of Celtic mythology in the placenames of Lough Corrib and its hinterland by Joseph Mannion 18
The mendicant friars in the medieval Diocese of Clonfert by Colmán Ó Clabaigh 25
Men of the West in the Galleys of France by Eoghan Ó hAnnracháin 37
A re-discovered letter of Sylvester O’Halloran to Dr. de Salis, 1 February 1777 by Claire E. Lyons 46
The role of Connacht’s landed gentry in the passing of the legislative Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland, in 1800 by Patrick Hogan 59
‘Full of the old Galway Spirit’ The O’Kellys of Creeraun and Cooloo by Diarmuid Ó Cearbhaill 72
Thomas Drane, Professor of Civil Engineering, Queens College, Galway 1849 by James Mitchell 96
Rentals and communities in Galway in the immediate aftermath of the famine by Pádraig G. Lane 101
Michael Davitt’s Lancashire apprenticeship by John Dunleavy 109
On the truth of the ‘German Plot’ by Danny Denton 122
Social History and oral art – reflections on the collected folklore of Menlo, near Galway City by Cian Marnell 134
Eating out: prehistoric food preparation sites on the route of the Loughrea Bypass, Co. Galway by Martin Jones 149
A possible Viking ship setting at Treanbeg, Co. Mayo by Brendan Walsh 158
The buildings of the Loughrea to Attymon Light Railway by George Geddes 168
‘The rush gatherers, Lough Corrib, Connemara ,Ireland ’. A chromolithograph of a painting by J.J. Hill by Maura Scannell 179
A mid-19th century View of Galway City by Graham Hull 185
Galway Golf Course spandrel by Peadar O’Dowd 188
Reviews 188
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