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Feast of St James, Baile Chláir, 25th July 2013 No ordinary Thursday A month long heatwave Thawing our hearts and sun starved bones, Quieter and half anaesthetised we gather In our Church of St James. Mostly on foot from all corners of the parish We could have been in Spain Wearing our mantillas, as some… Read more »

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This story is by Oranmore/Kinvara resident Mary Smyth whose husband Ben was diagnosed with lyme disease in 2006. I would appreciate some publicity on Lyme disease—its official name Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is a bacteria carried by a tick which is transmitted to a human by a tick bite. Studies show that Ireland has one of… Read more »

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A seanfhocal is ‘an old Irish wise saying’. We’ve selected a few common ones here, why not try use them in your day-to-day conversations? Nuair a bhíonn an t-ól istigh, bíonn an chiall amuigh When the drink is in, the sense is out Giorraíonn beirt bóthar Two shorten the road Is binn béal ina thost… Read more »

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I recently did a charity cycle from Maynooth to Galway. It’s a really long way for an amateur to cycle, especially when you’re cycling against the wind and rain! A cycle challenge is an athletic endeavour but it is also a metaphor for life. Just as in life, the cycle is all about the journey,… Read more »

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Unfortunately, Donal has passed away since this interview. “A few months left, he said. There it was I was given a timeline on the rest if my life. No choice, no say, no matter. It was given to me as easy as dinner. I couldn’t believe it, that all I had was 16 years here… Read more »

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The community of Turloughmore was shocked and saddened as the news spread of the tragic death of a popular young man, Padraic O’Brien, on Sunday evening. There was much jubilation in the area after Turloughmore won their first round game of the senior hurling championship and everybody was generally in a good and positive mood… Read more »

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There was deep sadness as the news spread of the death of Christy Langan on Sunday morning. Christy had given a lifetime of service to Turloughmore Hurling Club and served as secretary of the club over a long period and was actively involved in the glorious halcyon days of the 60s when Turloughmore captured an… Read more »

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Are you still there aflowing With Connaught blackwater you drain, That I loved so much agrowing My Clare I won’t see again. On your banks often went rambling ‘Twas mostly daydreaming in truth, Escaping during my wandering With a mind of untroubled youth.

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Do you struggle with stress or sleeping difficulties? Have you decided to stop smoking or manage your diet to lose weight, but you just cannot bring yourself to really try? These difficulties might all seem different to each other and different to say, obsessive compulsive cleaning, or neatness, or someone struggling to recover from an… Read more »

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