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Expat Bubble Burst by thereluctantemigrant It’s the phrase that’s bandied about, ‘the expat bubble’. It suggests the notion that us expats live in a bubble, somewhat removed from ‘real’ life. We tune in to the news from home and of course, we relate, but it’s not on our doorstep, we’re not looking at the fallout every… Read more »

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Nothing compares to the taste of a homegrown tomato and now is the time to sow those seeds… And so the great tomato adventure starts all over again. A 10-month odyssey begins with the sowing of seeds in a cold potting shed with Child Number 2 chatting incessantly in my ear. Growing tomatoes is a… Read more »

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The Irish government have commissioned a Eu. 75,000 economic report on the improvements needed to facilitate returning emigrants, the report which will take ‘a couple of weeks’ (not a bad fortnights wages), will outline where returning emigrants have difficulty when coming back to Ireland and where improvements need to be made. Save the 75K welcome home bunting,… Read more »

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Green Earth Organics added 2 new photos. 4 February at 13:26 ·  We did it, with your help we have made the impossible possible. In a little over a week we will be moving into our new packing facility. A significant step that demonstrates there are people, people like YOU, that care deeply for the planet we live… Read more »

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Jam on Neither by thereluctantemigrant The internet is not a safe place for kids, as was made abundantly clear on the Late Late Show when a 13-year-old girl was approached for rude pictures by a presumed predator in under 9 minutes. The time was the alarming part, the intent, well that’s a sad fact of life… Read more »

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  Claregalway Franciscan Friary Order: Franciscan (OFM; Ordo Fratrum Minorum) Founded c. 1250 Founded by John de Cogan (d. 1278) Also known as: Baile Chláir The Place Claregalway was one of the first Franciscan houses founded in Connacht. It was strategically located close to Claregalway castle and the banks of the river Clare, guarding a… Read more »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, February is often the nicest month in Ireland.  We really notice the days are getting a bit longer and we’ll probably get as much sunshine in February as in July.  I really think we deserve some good weather soon. There is good news about the Weekend Gardening Course in Renvyle  – as the weekend… Read more »

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The CAO from Doha by thereluctantemigrant Back in my day, you could do it with the teacher, 10 minutes is all it took, bobs your uncle, fannys your aunt, all done. That’s right, back in 1993 there was no faffing around for months pondering your options on the CAO form, travel wasn’t an option, the tech… Read more »

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The Kings Head Pub, Galway, Formerly The Bank Castle, home to Galway merchant, Thomas Lynch, and after the Cromwellian wars, to Colonel Peter Stubbers and Richard Gunning. This poem was penned after the death of King Charles I who was beheaded outside Whitehall Palace in London on the afternoon of January 30th, 1649, exactly 368… Read more »

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Dolores O’Riordan – Let it linger by thereluctantemigrant   Stars die all the time, you remember where you were when you hear the news, the feelings that generally register are nostalgia, shock, end of an era that kind of thing. It passes. But this doesn’t, this lingers.   Psychologists say after splitting up with a partner, that… Read more »

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