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Onion Sets Dear Fellow Gardeners, Onion Sets  We would like to let you know that our onion sets have just arrived.  The variety is Forum – it’s a wonderful early maturing variety with round bulbs, great disease resistance and excellent flavour.  It is bolt resistant and one of the earliest types to mature. It’s often… Read more »

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Spring Gardening with Paraic With spring truly breaking over the last couple of weeks, and Saint Patricks day around the corner, now is a great time to assess your garden and get it prepared for the summer. The shamrock that we so proudly adorn at this time of year to represent our Irish heritage is… Read more »

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Emerging Adults by thereluctantemigrant Almost everyone that comes to Qatar has an end goal in mind. They say that they just want to try something different, they say the want to gain valuable diverse experience that will enhance their career, they say that they fancy life in the sun for a while, but the reality is,… Read more »

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“Tell me I’ll forget…Show me I’ll remember…include me and I’ll understand” It has felt like a dark and long January, but even now the days are lengthening. There are some strange things happening: daffodils are blooming, people are cutting grass, vegetables are growing, birds are singing, but in January this is a little disconcerting…. Nobody… Read more »

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The Wind; In primary (grade) school I learned this little poem about the four winds …in Irish, or ‘as gaeilge’ as we say here in Ireland. The Irish or Gaelic it is written in, is lovely, rich and rhyming, in a kind of way. There’s a wonderful cadence to it and a predictable pattern, akin… Read more »

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  Have your say on the regeneration of Nuns’ Island  Galway Advertiser, Thu, Feb 07, 2019   NUI Galway and Galway City Council have welcomed the commitment of the Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund for the exciting regeneration of Nuns’ Island in the heart of Galway City. The commitment supports a major planning exercise,… Read more »

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Entrance test for a 3 Year old by thereluctantemigrant Nearly eight years ago when my blue-eyed boy was born, I was working in the office at the school enrolling children of the age of the 3 into their first year in formal school. Aghast at the sight of the dummy and blanky and nappy being swiped from… Read more »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, We might not feel that spring is just around the corner during this cold spell.  It’s great to see some snow though – everything looks so pure and clean.  I just hope that nature didn’t get fooled as there were quite number of buds (including pear trees) bursting during the very mild… Read more »

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‘I walked away from a job in Italy due to the heat’ My Money 1Archaeologist Enda O’Flaherty Enda O’Flaherty has spent over 15 years working as an archaeologist in Ireland and abroad. He is from Galway originally and now lives in Cork. His new book, Deserted Schoolhouses of Ireland, has just been published by Collins… Read more »

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Máistir Gaoithe National School in Kerry, one of the schools featured in the book By Seán Mac an tSíthighIriseoir Fise In an effort to preserve a forgotten part of Irish life, a Co Galway photographer has been documenting Ireland’s abandoned schoolhouses.Enda O’Flaherty has spent the last five years visiting more than 240 old schoolhouses. Over the course… Read more »