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Anois teacht an earraigh, beidh an lá dul chun síneadh, ‘s tar eis na Féile Bhríde, ardeoidh me mo sheoil. This saying is very apt for this month, the coming of Spring, the lengthening of days after St. Brigids day, we will sing aloud. So it is with us in the garden, so get those… Read more »

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According to Finnish folklore, Father Christmas dispenses with a sleigh and hitches a lift on the back of a straw goat named Ukko. Santa Claus was inspired by Saint Nichoas, a rich man who helped out a poor family by dropping sacks of gold down their chimney. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia,… Read more »

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I had the pleasure of talking to a delightful lady recently who nostalgically talked about Christmas when she was a child. “Things were so different then,” she said. “We did not have what the children of today have. We worked hard when we were young. Memories of my Mother baking are still fresh in my… Read more »

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Claregalway Skin Care and Aromatherapy Clinic, Kiniska, Claregalway This Christmas if you want to look good for those Christmas parties, and no time to use the ‘sunbed’, why not cheat and use a self tanner? How to apply: Exfoliate first to remove dry dead cells on skin, that could cause patchy results, use a body… Read more »

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This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the oncoming festivities, Santa Claus, friends and family coming home and getting the house ready for Christmas. We tend to forget about the garden but yet it can still contribute in a large way. You can look back on the year and the enjoyment… Read more »

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From earliest times, a lot of energy has gone into finding cheap ways of providing light and in decorating the light source. But it is only in the last 50 years or so, that light has become an integral part of interior design. The first artificial light was firelight, ie. pieces of burning wood from… Read more »

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After Christmas and New Year’s festivities, most of us make resolutions in good faith of improving our health, fitness and nutrition. If you have decided to adopt a more healthy lifestyle in the new year, concentrate on sticking with it. You know maintaining good health requires a balanced diet with regular physical activity, month after… Read more »

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As we depart October and the brilliance of the kaleidoscopic autumnal leaves as they fall, the emphasis changes towards berries, stems, evergreens, conifers and heathers. In November in the garden, nothing can compare with the vast number of trees and shrubs that are laden with berries at this time of the year. Even though there… Read more »

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Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not remember, the other you call mother. One gave you nationality, the other gave you a name. One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you aim. Two different lives shaped to make your one. One became your guiding star,… Read more »

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It was Tuesday, August 1st and at 4 o’clock we left Salthill for Dublin Port. We left the Port at 9 o’clock and arrived in Holyhead shortly after 12. Then we had a 5 hour bus drive to Huddersfield. We were to play in an international tournament—The Yorkshire Cup. That first night we didn’t do… Read more »

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For two or three weeks prior to the All-Ireland Football Final my Dad had searched for tickets but had no success. On the Friday before the match Dad came home from work and still had no tickets, so we decided to watch the match on the television. Dad was reading the paper and saw a… Read more »

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Claregalway Skin Care & Aromatherapy Clinic, Claregalway Lavender oil is the most popular of all the essential oils. The French have long been familiar with the benefits of Lavender, and it is to France that one must look for the first scientific reports on the clinic use of Lavender. During the first world war, applications… Read more »

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