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I was so lucky and blessed to have a great weekend with my dad recently helping me in organising a charity climb of Croagh Patrick, then enjoying watching Connacth winning the rugby12 Pro afterwards on TV and then watching him enjoying the company of his grandchildren at my beautiful daughters 6th birthday celebrations. A great… Read more »

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Last year, I was here in Doha for the first few days of Ramadan, however I was lucky to be pregnant, thus exempt, from fasting. This year however, will be the real test, as Ramadan starts Sunday, it shifts forward 11 days earlier each year, to annoy non-Muslim expats! We all know, what Ramadan means… Read more »

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I own more cookbooks than is sensible, and though I can sometimes be accused of being a little slow on the uptake, I’ve spotted a trend in them of late—yes my fellow laggards, I bring you astonishing news: to an increasingly large number of our fellow citizens, carbs are bad. But fear not—if you’re finding… Read more »

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We applaud bravery in all its forms. Physical bravery because it is an animal instinct, a desire to confront a challenge that is placed in front of us. We saw this in Edinburgh when faced with a daunting challenge, our team showed bravery to seize the opportunity, to show the world that their team spirit… Read more »

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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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