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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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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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It has taken a lifetime of darkness to say thank you. You transformed our lives when you first arrived back in the fifties, and we stopped buying the candles and paraffin oil with its aroma permeating and lurking in dark under stairway spaces. You cast a whole new light on all our activities, our nocturnal comings… Read more »

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On my way home from work a number of years ago, I stopped off in Salthill for petrol. As I got close to the entrance of the shop after filling my car, I noticed a ragged middle aged woman coming towards me rather meekly. She looked me in the eye and said in a low… Read more »

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Dozens of parents across Galway are being denied vital services that will teach their special needs children basis life skills to help them to sit up, eat and get dressed. The major worry for parents is that if their children do not receive this intervention when very young and at a time when their brains… Read more »

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TV3 Chef and Craft Butcher Ambassador by Meg Regan and Chloe Conway Second year Home Economics students at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir enjoyed a visit from celebrated chef and butcher Adrian Martin. Adrian is associated with Craft Butchers of Ireland so he was able to supplement their knowledge of meat by showing them a presentation on the different types and cuts of… Read more »

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Well, it is already December and only a few weeks to go before Christmas is on top of us. The last few months have literally flown right by me and I am just now coming up for air. I graduated last week, with first class honours, from the MA in Journalism at NUI Galway and… Read more »