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What are leg cramps? Leg cramps are common. The cause is not known in most cases. However, some drugs and diseases sometimes cause leg cramps. Regular calf stretching exercises may prevent leg cramps. Quinine tablets may be advised as a last resort if you have cramps regularly. A leg cramp is a pain that comes… Read more »

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The following poem was written by local resident Maura Kavanagh, following the death of Claregalway’s Parish Priest, Father Noel Mullin. No Noel This Christmas We survived without you Oh God how we missed you this Christmas gone; Like a ship on a starless night you sailed beyond the horizon Silently, no ripples, no limelight No gong… Read more »

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Head Lice: Infestation with head lice is common and affects schoolchildren usually at ages 5 to 11 years. Girls are more likely to be affected than boys. Transmission is by head to head contact, as the lice cannot fly or jump but can crawl quickly. Sharing of personal items such as brushes, combs or hats… Read more »

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Mighty the force of that lashing sea, The rigging trembled and moaned, In mountainous waves as none did see, On an ocean that boiled and foamed. That hurricane’s blast shook the mast, The decks were out of bounds, And men thought of sins long past— In the ‘eye’ of the storms sound. We pitched, rolled… Read more »

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As I watched the turnout of people that landed up to the sand pile at Claregalway church, I had to stop several times in amazement at the type of people who were turning up to do their bit to help those who were in serious flood trouble. The local farming community were there in big numbers… Read more »

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Eating healthily helps to prevent diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, certain gut disorders, and certain cancers. This article gives a brief summary on healthy eating. For more information on healthy eating, visit Claregalway Pharmacy in Hughes Shopping Centre. Eat plenty of starchy foods (complex carbohydrates) The main part of most meals should… Read more »

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Chickenpox is a very common illness that causes a rash and can make you feel generally unwell. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, one of the herpes viruses. “Varicella” refers to the initial infection known as chickenpox and “zoster” refers to its reactivation in later life, presenting as shingles. Chickenpox mainly affects children; more… Read more »

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Hi, welcome to the Nuacht Chláir’s new gardening section. Join me each issue for an indepth plant profile, some plants old and some plants new. No matter how long these plants have been in existence, all are sure to enhance your garden during the following months. Each issue I will also provide you with diary… Read more »

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Childhood: the time of life when you make funny faces in the mirror. Middle Age: the time of life when the mirror gets even. There are three periods in life: youth, middle age and how well you look. At twenty we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at thirty we start to worry… Read more »

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The style you choose is usually the one with which you feel most at home with. If you like living informally, surrounded by your possessions, you probably like a cosy traditional look, like that of a country cottage or an Edwardian villa. But if you like space, you may go for an uncluttered look, where… Read more »