Bryan’s Breaking Bulletins

Today is the 21st of November.  It is a dull and dreary day here in Galway!! Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink (or shower in!!!)

The breaking news At Home is still the ongoing saga of the
water charges not a day goes by and all we hear is Water Charges! Now the Trokia have joined the debate … it doesn’t rain but it pours as we say
So onto whats happening in Europe

Can you believe it’s the first Anniversary of the protests in the Ukraine.

On this day: This is what happened on this day
1974 Forty year Anniversary of the Birmingham Bombings.

1989 Velvet Revelation in the Czech Slovakia.

And today’s most played song of the the week is


Social Comment ….

Food Poverty in Ireland
rights: did you know that there are no synonyms for the word “rights”. The rights of every citizen to have food is a basic right.  But  this is not case. I don’t think that Ireland or any other land has dealt with this problem

In Ireland we have a history of the great potato famine in 1879. We learn about it in school and we talk about it to tourists.  We have old famine villages and we can even still see the pototo ridges.  You would think then that we would know a little bit about the crime of hunger.

it is hard to look at people queuing for food in 2014. You would think that it would be your basic right to healthy food in a land famed for agriculture. But food banks are the new way to feed lreland and it’s really hard to believe.

But charities across the country are attempting to feed the estimated 600,000 people suffering from food poverty. (St. Vincent de Paul/ Simon community)

Crosscare are food bank based in Portland row is the only food bank in Ireland.
It was set up by the charity crosscare over 20 years ago in Dublin.
It was established in 1989 and has been designed to work collecting surplus food products from food producers,supermarkets,manufacturers etc.and then redistribute to over 70 charities. (Taken from the Crosscare website)

This service has traditionally diverted close to 500ton per annum away from landfill and towards those most in need. Let me repeat LANDFILL!
The point is there’s plenty of food to round it just doesn’t go round to who needs it. The hungry can’t always afford to travel to food banks, with Ireland havering a rural population it is hard to get to Dublin or to get the food from Dublin to you. St. Vincent de Paul, Simon, Lyons club can’t always reach those in need – or get enough to spread out to everyone.

But the food is there … the landfills are there… plenty grows in Ireland it’s just we’re fond of selling everything – exporting all we have and importing what we don’t need.
People criticise the band aid song because “nothing ever grows in Africa” lots grows in Africa … it just doesn’t get redistributed … It’s the same old same old story.
Will we know it’s Christmas and some will go with out and. Find it hard for the new year to feed them we all need some ( food) our basic right

Bryan’s Breaking Bulletins …


Hi my name Bryan Burke and I am interested in the news and media. I am going to update you with newsfeed from national , international , European and some Entertainment news across the world. This is my archive it’s only going to be the top news stories every Friday. first for Breaking news every Friday Morning.

Top international news story is the

European Central Bank Bailout I searched for this news story on

25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall

Bin Laden killer goes public

The Ebola Crisis still goes on

The number one song being played this week is

by Meghan Trainor


This is Halloween this is halloween….

Halloween is always a mystical time in Galway… the City hosts a Halloween festival and there is lots of street performers and little spooky plays.  Halloween is one of the most traditional festivals in Ireland and here is some of the history that we have researched for you!!

What we know as Halloween first came from the Celtic pagan harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic (lrish and Welsh) Samhain festival – (Samhain means end of Summer). The hallows (the martyrs) and all the faithful departed were celebrated and given safe passage from this world.  Large bonfires were lit to help the passage of the spirits from the earthly world.  The bonfire is something which is still popular in Ireland today.


Today Halloween represents a mix of traditions from the Celtic countries and from pre christian and christian times.  Rome had an ancient festival called Parentalia held in honour of the dead.  During the days of the festival, all temples were closed and no weddings could be performed. On the last day a public ceremony, the Feralia, was held, during which offerings and gifts were placed at the graves and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated.

It was traditional for the priests to have a procession through the streets wearing black robes and ringing bells!!

By the 1900′s Halloween costumes had become popular- the photo below is an example of a mask dated to 1900!!! (we think it looks like magnum PI)


We still cerebrate Halloween by dressing up.

The Macnas Parade in Galway mixes the Celtic theme with a modern twist. This Years parade was called symphony of the restless.  We have posted a you tube clip from the Galway Independent for you to watch!

Look out for The Horse Pegasus, and look out for Crom the Giant.



In Ireland we have a rich tradition attached to Halloween.  One of the most famous gothic and horror literature novels is DRACULA… written by our own Bram Stoker.Bram Stoker

Bram stoker is directly descended from Manus O’Donnell (Manus the Magnificent 1563) O'donnell family crestone of the most famous men in early Irish history.  The Stoker family were in possession of the oldest surviving Irish manuscript cThe Cathach (now in the National Library) all the way back to the 6th Century.

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, his grandmother was buried in the crypt of St Michan’s church where the bodies in the caskets are mummified due to the bizarre climate under the church- check out the images below:


Sheridan Le Fanu

But we can’t forget the other gothic writer Sheridan Le fanu.  As a writer he was more influential then Bram Stoker.   He wrote several ghost stories and novels. His best known works was uncle Silias and the house by the churchyard pictured below :IMG_0448



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Modern Day Galway Ghost Stories