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A B-50 Superfortress aircraft, LUCKY LADY II, completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight in history between February 26 and March 2, 1949, .  The pilot was Air Force Captain James Gallagher who covered 23,451 miles in 94 hours and one minute, avereging 249 mph.  Aerial refueling was provided by B-29 tankers on four occassions: over the Azores, Arabia, the Philippines, and Hawaii—the latter of which also served as a communications and emergency facility. Further information on Captain James Gallagher, including his family origins, would be greatly appreciated.

Church Men & Women

Roman Catholic Bishops: See HERE

Methodist Ministers: See HERE

Motor Racing


The Gallagher Group

 A Horse’s Itch Sparks a Global Gallagher Company

Bill Gallagher Snr.

Thomas Gallagher left Ireland for New Zealand in 1847.In the early 1930’s Bill Gallagher, a descendant of his, was a farmer in New Zealand who liked to invent and develop things.
Around about then Joe, his horse, began to give Bill a problem. The horse had an itch and he soon discovered that the family car was just the thing to get rid of his itchy mites. This didn’t endear him to Bill and he decided that he would have to come up with a solution before the family car was ruined. He set up an electrical circuit using an ignition magneto that gave the horse an electric shock when he rocked the car. The horse didn’t like being used as an electrical conductor and instantly figured that he was better to hitch up his wagon and find an alternative scratching post.

Sir William Gallagher

Of course once Bill had got the horse to move away from the car he knew he had a winning idea on his hands. In 1938 he made a full time business with electric fences using battery power. Following a lead from America he developed a mains powered fence to keep stock fenced in, which worked very successfully until the authorities deemed it illegal and disconnected it. Propelled by the Gallagher commitment that motto on the coat of arms celebrates, Bill shrugged of this set-back. He developed a battery and coil version, which the business was, producing up until 1961 when the rules were changed and power fencing as we know it was born.

Since then Bill Gallagher’s business with his sons Bill Jr.  and John has gone on to innovate and develop new products and systems to cater for the animal management and security markets. The company now has over 1000 employees world wide (650 in New Zealand ) and products in130 countries. Old Joe’s itch sparked the gem of an idea which by continuous innovation and commitment to quality has brought the Gallagher Group to the premier place in the global market for Agriculture and Security electric fencing.

24th January 2011 

Sir William (Bill) Gallagher has been honoured by being made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours List. 

Bill Gallagher has decided to be known as Sir William after being knighted in the New Year's Honours for services to business, having created a company that employs more than 1000 people from a "world headquarters" in Hamilton.

It is the third honour to be bestowed on the businessman with a reputation as a hands on manager at family-owned Gallagher Group. He received an MBE in 1987 and was made a member of New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998.

"It will be Sir William, I've already decided that," he said. "The knighthood is a very high honour and it is very appreciated," he said.

Gallaghers everywhere will, I'm sure, be delighted to offer our congratulations to Bill and his family.

See HERE and HERE for more 

Conrad Gallagher

Conrad Gallagher (born March 12, 1971) is an award-winning Irish chef from Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. He was educated at Scoil Colmcille and St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny. 

He was raised in Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny. During his time in St. Eunan's College, He joined a school punk band called "Kakistocracy". He was inspired by his grandmother's and mother's home cooking which led to him leaving St Eunan's College and training as a chef at Killybegs Catering College.

After training in Ireland from the age of twelve, he went on to win 4 gold medals at Hotel Olympia and Chef Ireland. He trained with some of Ireland's top chefs before moving to New York to take on his dream of becoming a chef. In New York he joined the Plaza Hotel. The Waldorf Astoria's Peacock Alley later recruited him where he spent two years as Sous Chef under Laurent Manrique. While living in New York he went on to work in Restaurant Daniel and Park Avenue Café.

As a chef he has been awarded with many top awards such as Irish chef of the year in 1998 and 1999-2001. Conrad became the youngest ever chef to receive a coveted Michelin star for his Peacock Alley restaurant in Dublin. He won his second star at age 27, two years later. He’s also won Restaurant of the Year, Best Service and Wine List and a number of other achievements including Conde Naste Traveler's Top 15 in the World. He is also a skilled writer and has published many books including:

  • New Irish Cooking
  • One Pot Wonders
  • Take Six Ingredients

On Tuesday October 15, 2002, Conrad was issued with an arrest warrant. [2] He had been accused with the stealing of three paintings, worth €11000 from Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotel. Conrad was found not guilty of all charges at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin. 


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