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The Old Galway Diary – Episode 49

In this episode of the Old Galway Diary Podcast, Tom Kenny takes a closer look at the history of the Guards in Galway ahead of the centenary of the police force. Ronnie O’Gorman is taking a look at the history of a smallpox outbreak in Athenry that lead to a big breakout countrywide and he discusses the parallels between that and the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are delighted to bring you yet another fascinating podcast in partnership with The Galway Advertiser.  If you have any family or local history stories on either of the themes featured this week, feel free to share them with us HERE.  We would love to hear more!

You can find the articles referenced in this podcast on

– An Garda Síochána, the early years in Galway

– March 1875 – Smallpox in Athenry


The Old Galway Diary podcast is available every week on the Advertiser PodcastsSpotifyApple and Google Podcast.

It is brought to you by The Galway Advertiser and features two of Galway’s finest writers and storytellers, Ronnie O’Gorman and Tom Kenny. Elaborating on topics they have covered in the paper in the Galway Diary and Old Galway section, and many other aspects of Galway life and history, they bring their inimitable style to allow you relax, listen and enjoy.

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