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In the first of our new Spotlight series, we interviewed Patrick Farrell, presently with The Wellesley in London. To kick off, tell us a bit about your history in hotels Originally from Claregalway, Co. Galway in the west of Ireland and son of Hugh and Josette Farrell. Patrick has worked in hotels for the past… Read more »

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It was with great sadness last weekend that we learned of the untimely death of Joe McDonagh. Our sincere sympathies go out to Joe’s family on this great loss. In the coming weeks, months and years there will be many tributes to Joe and his role in so many facets of life in Galway. He will be… Read more »

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Three years ago, he weighed 19 stone and smoked 20 cigarettes a day—now John Quinlivan is running marathons for fun. The Oranmore man’s inspiring journey from couch potato to marathon man has seen him shortlisted as one of the six finalists for the Rock ’n’ Run Idol contest being held in the lead up to the… Read more »

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1B STEM Trip to Boston Scientific The 1B STEM class and a few students from 1D went on a very enjoyable trip to Boston Scientific to mark Engineers Week. The students were given an opportunity to do some team work activities before being given a guided tour of the plant showing the work that many… Read more »

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How many of us have thought over the years about how great a fresh start would be. A clean slate, a chance to start again in a neighbourhood, city and country. Well, a new start is the happy by-product of emigration. Embedded in your community in Ireland, you’re a wife, mother, daughter, friend, lover (if… Read more »

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Tomatoes can be difficult to grow well, but I think a proper watering regime is one of the keys to an abundant crop. The secret to watering tomatoes properly is that you need to water deep. A healthy tomato plant is a thirsty beast, supported by a deep root system—so in other words, there’s no… Read more »

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Sunday night, I didn’t expect an enumerator to call to the door here in Doha with census form in hand, nor did I expect that there’d be an arrival of a census form in the post for completion by those of use who’d like to announce, ‘We’ve emigrated, just in case you ever wondered’ to… Read more »

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Early this month I will be sowing my parsnips outside in the veg patch. Unlike carrots, they are relatively easy to grow (once you have persuaded them to germinate), and since they store well in the soil over the winter they are a valuable winter storage crop. I grow around 40 parsnips which is more… Read more »

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  THIS poem The Mission is about the death of my nephew John Divine. I had met him on the prom in Galway about a month before this and he was telling me about how he’d like to do something to surprise his mother (my sister) for her 60th birthday.  We chatted for ages that… Read more »

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There was a time when travel was considered a pleasurable mission, a pastime, something to look forward to in the year. Despite where you were going the travel itself for many was as enjoyable. Before I emigrated, my travel was pretty much limited to two weeks with the kids in Spain during the summer and… Read more »

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The phrase Holy Week refers to the seven full days of reflection, meditation, confession, silence, contemplation, forgiveness, love and spiritual activities that capture the feelings of devotion and love for our Lord. Remembering these events strengthen our souls of which at times have become weakened by life’s trials and tribulations. This week, for those of… Read more »

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