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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Peadar O'Dowd

Date: Sun 7th Jan, 2024 | 18:06

“I have heard with sadness of the death of local Galway historian, Peadar O'Dowd.

Peadar O'Dowd was a great champion of local history, generously bringing his valuable insights into the public sphere with his entertaining columns across local Galway papers over the last 30 years.

Having published many books on varied aspects of Galway history, Peadar's knowledge of local heritage and history has enriched his community and is a legacy that will live on for generations to come. 

Among Peadar's most valuable contributions was his lifelong love for canals which led to his work in successfully securing the preservation of canals across Galway city and for which we can all be so grateful.

May I extend my condolences to his wife Mary, brothers Willie and Martin, and to all his family, friends and colleagues from GMIT and the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society."