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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 »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, We would like to thank all our seed customers and newsletter readers for your support and wish you a wonderful and happy new year.  The year 2018 was challenging for many gardeners while others were quite lucky and had one of their best gardening years.   This is what makes gardening exciting –… Read more »

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The dedicated service that Phelim Murphy gave to Galway GAA was acknowledged when he was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Law by NUIG at a special ceremony last week. Thankfully Phelim, who is now in advanced years and in poor health, was able to attend this special event and was joined by his family… Read more »

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Here in Qatar we celebrated Qatar National Day on the 18th December. Businesses and schools closed in honour and there are events planned for a four-day period around the celebrations. Compounds, walled-in housing estates behind gates and a guard, are decorated by the property management companies. Qataris spray paint their cars in the maroon and white of… Read more »

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THE MOB 45 Things I Don’t Tell My Mom Enough I don’t know about yours but my mom is pretty much one of the greatest human beings out there. I know as a daughter we’re supposed to say those things but it is so true. Life gets in the way sometimes though and there are… Read more »

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€350k for Claregalway & District Day Care Centre! THE planned expansion of the Claregalway and District Day Care Centre is to benefit from a capital allocation of €350,000 towards the cost of its new purpose-built day care facility and independent living units. Construction is currently underway on a site in the village, which was generously… Read more »

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There was stunned silence as news spread of the untimely and unexpected passing of Agnes Lenihan of Claregalway.  Just over twelve months ago the family and friends gathered to pay respects to her husband tom who lost a long battle with cancer, and the passing of Agnes came as a huge blow to the entire… Read more »

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Dear Fellow Gardeners, The year 2018 has been a very busy and exciting year for me travelling and discovering new (or old) vegetable crops from the Andes and trialling them here. Apart from the Inca crops we also trialled a North American crop that has been grown in Europe since the 1700’s but has never… Read more »