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  It’s a common condition among expats, we leave home, live in places like Qatar, Indonesia or Abu Dhabi and fell the fear every day that our kids lose their sense of belonging to their home country. Every day, in every day, you try to instil in them, where they’re from, what that means and… Read more »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, There is a distinct autumn feel in the air with a refreshing chill in the morning and already some trees are changing colour.  Nature is starting to withdraw into itself.  However, there are some crops that seem to prefer this time of year and can still be sown or planted.  We now… Read more »

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There was deep sadness as the news spread of the untimely and unexpected passing of John Joe Kearney of Rooaunmore.  John Joe was well known and hugely popular with many and his unexpected passing came as a great shock to many. John Joe grew up in the nearby hinterland of Lackagh and after attending Lackagh… Read more »

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Gardening with Anne McKeon In feng shui terms every garden benefits by the presence of moving water. It represents a fresh approach and clear water inspires positive feelings.   A second essential element is rock. Rocks represent a state of permanence and stability and mimics mountains. It contrasts with the softness of plants, contributing to yin and yang and… Read more »

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Stuck with the Bill by thereluctantemigrant Slipping from one world into another is a nice punctuation to have as the cool begins to slide into the air in Ireland and week by week you’re putting summer clothes away and edging towards the darker side of the closet. Leaving home is always hard but thoughts of our cushy… Read more »

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A stunning view of the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai It’s an understandable reality that many of us want to enjoy a little slice of comfort and luxury when we travel, but there are certainly some hotels that deliver this better than others, and which exude effortless elegance and sophistication at every turn. The… Read more »

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GALWAY ADVERTISER   THIS Sunday the annual Autumn Garden Fair takes place again in Claregalway Castle, where some of of Ireland’s best nurseries and rare plant specialists will display a great selection of shrubs, trees and more.  Acclaimed plantswoman and creator of one of Ireland’s great gardens, June Blake will be the keynote speaker at… Read more »

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Home is a moving target by thereluctantemigrant Us expats have many little tricks we us to get us through being away from the motherland and family. We discuss a four year plan but as the years pass, the four year plan starts every September, until you realise you’ve been nearly ten years abroad, you’re kids know more… Read more »

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WHEN a school gets a new principal there is always much speculation as to what sort of a contribution they will make in a community. Such was the case back in 2006 when Michael Lydon arrived to replace Mattie Murphy as principal of Lackagh National School, but few realised that the contribution of the new… Read more »

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More 3 of 209 September Gardening article Even though the colours of masonry materials are generally  permanent wood colours are not. Cedar for example may be highly coloured when new but will weather to softer, quite different hues after a year or so, changing your colour scheme  as it weathers. Keep in mind that paints and stains are available… Read more »

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Do Words Really Matter? August 24, 2018 I received this beautiful email from a lady yesterday and it made me realise that in sharing my story, it is having an impact on other people’s lives in a positive way.  “I heard you speaking on Dublin City FM with Danielle a couple of weeks ago and… Read more »