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Spring Gardening with Paraic With spring truly breaking over the last couple of weeks, and Saint Patricks day around the corner, now is a great time to assess your garden and get it prepared for the summer. The shamrock that we so proudly adorn at this time of year to represent our Irish heritage is… Read more »

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The Battle of Knockdoe Knockdoe Hill, site of the battle in 1504 The Battle of Knockdoe as painted by John Dalton THE BATTLE OF KNOCKDOE On the 19th August, 1504, a little known battle took place on the low hill of Knockdoe, eight miles north-east of Galway City. Knockdoe or cnoc-tuath  “hill of the axes”  stands at… Read more »

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Emerging Adults by thereluctantemigrant Almost everyone that comes to Qatar has an end goal in mind. They say that they just want to try something different, they say the want to gain valuable diverse experience that will enhance their career, they say that they fancy life in the sun for a while, but the reality is,… Read more »

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“Tell me I’ll forget…Show me I’ll remember…include me and I’ll understand” It has felt like a dark and long January, but even now the days are lengthening. There are some strange things happening: daffodils are blooming, people are cutting grass, vegetables are growing, birds are singing, but in January this is a little disconcerting…. Nobody… Read more »

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The 10 year challenge posts so far this year triggered me to reflect on how dramatically my life has changed in the past ten years. This date specifically – 10th of February 2009 – everything changed for me. The two years prior were traumatic for a lot of reasons, and I was struggling to find… Read more »

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The people of the parish of Lackagh and beyond were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Eileen O’Shea last week.  Eileen was the wife of former Turloughmore dispensary doctor Tom O’Shea. Eileen (nee Hughes) was a native of Hollymount, Co. Mayo, and on completion of secondary education went to train as a nurse… Read more »

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  The new extension will consist of six new classrooms and three special education needs rooms. Canon Ian O’Neill officially blessed the site and all those involved in the build.  Mr. Cribbin  acknowledged the tireless efforts by all those involved in bringing this project to fruition.  The new  classrooms will be ready for use early… Read more »

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The Wind; In primary (grade) school I learned this little poem about the four winds …in Irish, or ‘as gaeilge’ as we say here in Ireland. The Irish or Gaelic it is written in, is lovely, rich and rhyming, in a kind of way. There’s a wonderful cadence to it and a predictable pattern, akin… Read more »

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The death has occurred of Annmarie Broderick (née Murray) Keekill, Headford, Galway The death has occurred of Annmarie Broderick, (nee Murray), Keekill, Headford, Co Galway. Formerly of The Salthill Hotel and Cregg Castle, Galway, February 7th 2019 surrounded by her loving family in the wonderful care of the staff at Galway Hospice. Annmarie, sadly missed… Read more »