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With the 2013 growing season nearly upon us, I’m intrigued by the idea that 2012’s GIYing is still paying dividends. It’s a good time of the year therefore for a bit of stock-take. I use various locations to store vegetables—our kitchen doubles up as a larder at this time of the year (you can barely get… Read more »

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This is a feature from our regular contributor and Claregalway resident Móna Wise. Check out her blog for more at www.wisewords.ie. Happy New Year! If I sound like I have a bit more pep in my step than usual it is because I do. I have just registered for all my classes for my final semester… Read more »

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Do you have the necessary sauces? Learning how to use a wok and make excellent Chinese food is no easy feat. But it is, in our opinion, one of the most interesting cuisines to learn about. The biggest attraction being that several of the dishes we love are prepared and cooked in (sometimes) less than… Read more »

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by Frank Kearney Last weekend Flynn’s of Lackagh celebrated 170 years of continuous business in Lackagh – making them by a distance the longest established business in the area. Over the weekend they had huge discounts and some great prizes were given out to customers.  All of the companies within the complex also added displays… Read more »

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With our ample parking you can avoid the queues, traffic tail backs and the hectic atmosphere of last minute Christmas shopping. In our stunning antique setting and extensive grounds, we have a unique fusion of rural and contemporary modern, offering an escape from the city, within a stone throw. McHugh’s plays host to a truly sensational Christmas experience this year. All… Read more »

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Grace Kenneally, who suffers from Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, was surprised with the playroom of her dreams this weekend as Hand in Hand and a group of volunteers transformed her previously drab playroom into a pink and purple girly haven where she can rest, play and feel like a princess. Grace, who… Read more »

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When Paul Hayes of The Barbican Community Centre in Drogheda sent us the following email, our hearts stopped and our minds thought of nothing else besides the current condition of a four year old girl named Lily-Mae Morrison. Rather than explain what the message entailed, we have decided to publish the actual email which Paul sent into… Read more »

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I have hit a wall and I cannot tell a lie. Being back in college for final year of my degree course is hard. The course work is harder (no surprise there) but I think what is hardest is the fact that I am away from the home and hearth almost five days a week…. Read more »

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10% of People in Ireland living in Food Poverty Home-grown food could help lift people out of the Food Poverty trap Average sized vegetable patch can yield €500 worth of food each year GIY calls on Government to make more land available for allotments Not for profit organisation GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland has today… Read more »

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We live in very difficult times in Ireland at the moment but we live in a country with clean air, water and healthy food.  Doctors have proven that these simple things can add 2 years life expectancy to a child who lives in an area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Accident.

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