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As we look forward to another new year, I have put together some New Year’s resolutions or New Year’s New Beginnings as I like to call them. It is a time for giving thanks for blessings received, asking forgiveness for transgressions committed, forgiving those who have aggrived us, and asking grace and strength for the future…. Read more »

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This building has many secrets You will find it on the Dublin road just across from the GMIT a building that has seen it all from seasonal work parties to the graduation ball 175 rooms, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, restaurant, bar all empty, full of secrets that will never be told it stands with… Read more »

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Recently my daughters Mia and Sophie asked me ‘What should we leave for Santa as a gift?’ Mia answered the question she had just finished asking by saying: ‘Water and pasta and don’t forget a carrot for Rudolph, he must not be left out just because he looks different.’ Wow, I thought, what a statement… Read more »

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Award-winning Illustrator Annie West has just published her most recent book Yeats in Love. This semi-fictional account of WB Yeats’ obsessive yet ultimately fruitless pursuit of Maud Gonne, illustrated by Annie, commemorates the Nobel Laureate’s 150th birthday. The artist has had a varied career since graduating from Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design in 1979 with… Read more »

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The following is a story called The Christmas Rose. It’s about a man, whose wife and daughter died tragically. It’s about Christmas and the real love children have for their parents and siblings. It shows the real spirit of Christmas. The Christmas Rose “I hurried into the local shop to grab some last minute Christmas gifts…. Read more »

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The long awaited construction of the new M18 motorway will bypass the towns of Ardrahan, Kilcolgan and Clarenbridge and Claregalway and the agreed route will take motorists through the northern part of the Burren, a site that is internationally famous for its flora and fauna. In a field near Ardrahan, nine different species of Orchids… Read more »

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The community of Claregalway and the surrounding area are being urged to come out and run, jog or walk the popular GOAL Mile this St Stephen’s Day, and raise as much money as possible for GOAL’s programmes for the poor. Claregalway will hold their inaugural GOAL Mile this year at the Claregalway GAA Pitch, in… Read more »

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I heard the following story from a friend about a family who decided a long time ago that, rather than buying presents for one another at Christmas, they would buy something more meaningful that would fit into the spirit of a Christ-filled Christmas. The Real Spirit of Christmas “It’s just a white envelope stuck among… Read more »

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To say that the national school in Claregalway—Scoil Náisiúnta Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe—is multicultural is almost an understatement, but it is refreshing to hear pupils from as far away as Bangladesh or Sudan speaking Irish and embracing knowledge about Irish crafts and traditions of their homelands. As part of the Green Schools Global Citizenship project,… Read more »

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Stocktaking.ie, a leading Irish stocktaking company based in Claregalway, has announced the creation of ten new jobs. Established in 2004, Stocktaking.ie provides a stocktaking service for the hospitality, retail, food and beverage sector and currently serves over 500 premises throughout Ireland. The company uses the latest in barcode scanning technology to provide accurate and efficient… Read more »

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Hopes are high that the building of a new €2.3 million primary school in Lackagh could start as soon as next summer. The Department of Education are understood to be very happy with the planning permission granted last weekend by Galway County Council having no conditions attached that could cause a delay. The Board of… Read more »

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