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Saturday 24 March 2018

Ahascragh -- the village with a claim to fame

AHASCRAGH is in the news again -- but it's nothing new for the small east Galway village and parish. In the late 1990s, it achieved national fame courtesy of the popular RTE programme 'Don't Feed the Gondolas'.

A running joke at the end of the show involved host Sean Moncrieff making prank calls under the alias 'Monica Looley from Ahascragh'. But it is now better known for being one of the most politically productive parishes in the country.

It is the birthplace of Labour leader Eamon Gilmore and Health Minister Mary Harney. The Kitt dynasty (Micheal Kitt TD, Tom Kitt TD and their sister Aine Brady TD) hail from Caltra, which is the other half of the parish of Ahascragh.

Senator Ronan Mullen was also born in the parish. And he has put it in the headlines again after describing how he was told he could claim more travel expenses if he put the name of his family home in Ahascragh on the claim forms. Another famous Ahascragh native is the London-based hat designer Philip Treacy.

Irish Independent

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