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Midway through the year, in what should be our best month weather wise, I can hear the rain pelting off the windows as I write this. Whatever fine days come our way, we should make the most of them in the garden. The following is a checklist for your garden in the month of June…. Read more »

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Everything hurts. What doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work. The gleam in your eyes is the sun shining through your bifocals. You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere. Your children begin to look middle-aged. You join a health club, but don’t go. You have all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions…. Read more »

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Fuair an oiread sin daoine bás timpeal orainn le tamall, cuid acu óg agus gan choinne gur cuireadh an scéilín seo a bhíodh ag na sean daoine fadó i gcuimhne dhúinn, scéilín adeirtí a bhí fíor agus nach raibh ag dul i bhfad siar: Bhí an lánuin áirid seo in a gconaí faoin tuath agus… Read more »

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Looking back at the month of April, you would be forgiven for asking what season we were in, such was the weather. The wet, cold and frosty weather prevented a lot of planting and sowing. May is the month when the temperatures rise and the day length increases. There is usually a major burst of… Read more »

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April is the month when winter finally slips its chilly grip and the first real hint of summer is felt. with longer evenings encroaching and rising soil temperatures, growth begins in earnest. The soil will be drying out enough to allow the sowing of seeds. There is usually a period of ideal sowing weather in… Read more »

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Dyslexia is one of the hidden disabilities. It is a specific problem with learning to read, write and spell correctly. It is not caused by a lack of ability, by emotional or physical problems nor is it because a person has not been taught properly. It is thought to be due to differences in the… Read more »

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March is the month when soil temperatures climb back up and with it growth begins in earnest. The old saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb is very true. The end of February and early March has been in marked contrast to the fine mild weather we had… Read more »

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A new year is upon us and with it, come all our dreams, resolutions and aspirations for the months ahead. Some of us will include our garden in these aspirations, other’s won’t, but whither or which there will be joy for everybody at some stage, from their garden. We should not look upon the garden… Read more »

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This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the oncoming festivities, Santa Claus, friends and family coming home and getting the house ready for Christmas. We tend to forget about the garden but yet it can still contribute in a large way. You can look back on the year and the enjoyment… Read more »

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Christmas Greetings to everyone in the Parish! I hope that you are all keeping well and in great form. No doubt, you’re all looking forward to the holidays and for the opportunity to throw your feet up for a while. I am in shock myself at the moment though because I cannot believe that it… Read more »

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Perhaps the most notable landmark in the parish of Claregalway lies just to the north of the river Clare and to the west of the Norman castle. This is the Franciscan Friary which has been in existence since the 13th Century. A certain amount of debate has been held regarding the actual year of construction… Read more »

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Autumn is usually a beautiful month with lots of Autumn colours. Unfortunately, with the high winds and rain, nearly all plants lost their leaves early. It’s not all gloom and doom however as there are many berrying shrubs and trees around to add colour. The bright berrying plants can often add colour on a very… Read more »

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