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1250: A Franciscan Friary was founded in Claregalway by John de Cogan!, an Anglo-Norman adventurer.  He had been granted Claregalway as reward for his involvement in the conquest of Connacht c 1235. Eugene O’Heyne, a local noble, provided the friary with a dormitory, having provided the same for the Dominicans of Athenry in 1241. 1252: De… Read more »

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Over the many years people have watched in awe at families that have taken on the challenge as Ireland’s fittest family. The contestants are faced with tremendous obstacles in the challenges and this weekend the local Flynn family in Lackagh take on the challenge. It is hard to imagine that Julien and his wife Emma… Read more »

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Day 1 & 2 So it’s Day 2 and to be honest, I was just too traumatised to start my blog yesterday. Why? Well where the fuck do I begin! Ok… So I rushed home from work to kit myself out in lovely unflattering shiny lycra stuff and the first moments of shame came when i… Read more »

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10 Reasons To Grow For Wellbeing GIY’s first full time therapeutic horticulturalist, Caitriona Kelly, describes 10 ways that growing can help improve our mental health, as evidenced by research. Mental wellbeing ebbs and flows, and in the same way a person can experience a bout of physical ill-health, anyone can experience a bout of mental… Read more »

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OCTOBER 19, 2018MAIREADMCWELLNESS 52. Newly diagnosed? Here are my top 5 tips Living with cancer is like living with any other chronic disease. It needs to be managed. How do you do that? With great difficulty, time, research, trial and error, testing, monitoring, trying, failing, trying again… It takes over your life, it is now… Read more »

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Synopsis: How we define the human race creates the ceiling of our capabilities and possibilities and defines our future. Our archaic mindset governs the world we live in. We chip away, one idea at a time to create a better future, however with a mindset that dictates that a utopia is beyond the reach of… Read more »

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The Ultimate Japanese Knotweed Guide Japanese Knotweed is one of the toughest, most damaging and insidious plants in the world. There’s even an old wive’s tale about this weed growing so menacingly, that it can “creep over cat’s feet”. It’s also challenging to eradicate and can grow underground to a depth of three metres with… Read more »

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A delegation from Saint-Viaud in France came to meet with members of Galway Co Council and members of Claregalway Twinning Committee with a view to having a twinning arrangement between Saint-Viaud and Claregalway. The delegation from Saint-Viaud met with Cllr Frank Kearney, Chairman of Athenry-Oranmore Municipal District and Eimear Dolan, Senior Executive Officer (Acting Co… Read more »

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The French delegation met on September 28th with Cllr Frank Kearney and Eimear Dolan, Senior Executive Officer (Acting), at Galway County Council who encouraged the delegation in their endeavours by stating that the Co Council at renewal of his term of office in 2019 would take the competence of the validations of twinnings. Ms Catherine… Read more »

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  It’s a common condition among expats, we leave home, live in places like Qatar, Indonesia or Abu Dhabi and fell the fear every day that our kids lose their sense of belonging to their home country. Every day, in every day, you try to instil in them, where they’re from, what that means and… Read more »

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