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Saint Brigid is remembered for her generous nature and her kindness. Her special day is 1st February, the first day of spring. There is a lovely cross called St.Brigid’s cross and it is special because it is said to protect your home from evil. Long ago people always put a St.Brigid’s cross over the door… Read more »

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The Work of a Butcher The work of a Butcher can be divided into two main areas—retail and wholesale. The Retail Butcher cuts up and prepares animal carcasses for retail sales. The range of duties includes preparing cuts of meat to order, handling cash and serving at the counter. The Retail Butcher may also make… Read more »

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Note: These companies collect recyclables and then deliver them to recycling factories which costs them money, which they need to recover by charging householders. Hence the recyclables must be in their plastic bags, which you must buy. Dumping recyclables outside their premises is not on, they use CCTV to monitor their premises, and it’s a… Read more »

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Asthma is a condition where the airways narrow thus causing difficulty in getting air in and out of the lungs. The airways narrow in three ways. Tightening or spasm of the outer walls of the airways, the inner lining becomes red and swollen, excessive mucus or phlegm blocks the airways. This inflammatory process produces symptoms… Read more »

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Anois teacht an earraigh, beidh an lá dul chun síneadh, ‘s tar eis na Féile Bhríde, ardeoidh me mo sheoil. This saying is very apt for this month, the coming of Spring, the lengthening of days after St. Brigids day, we will sing aloud. So it is with us in the garden, so get those… Read more »

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According to Finnish folklore, Father Christmas dispenses with a sleigh and hitches a lift on the back of a straw goat named Ukko. Santa Claus was inspired by Saint Nichoas, a rich man who helped out a poor family by dropping sacks of gold down their chimney. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia,… Read more »

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I had the pleasure of talking to a delightful lady recently who nostalgically talked about Christmas when she was a child. “Things were so different then,” she said. “We did not have what the children of today have. We worked hard when we were young. Memories of my Mother baking are still fresh in my… Read more »

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Claregalway Skin Care and Aromatherapy Clinic, Kiniska, Claregalway This Christmas if you want to look good for those Christmas parties, and no time to use the ‘sunbed’, why not cheat and use a self tanner? How to apply: Exfoliate first to remove dry dead cells on skin, that could cause patchy results, use a body… 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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From earliest times, a lot of energy has gone into finding cheap ways of providing light and in decorating the light source. But it is only in the last 50 years or so, that light has become an integral part of interior design. The first artificial light was firelight, ie. pieces of burning wood from… Read more »

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After Christmas and New Year’s festivities, most of us make resolutions in good faith of improving our health, fitness and nutrition. If you have decided to adopt a more healthy lifestyle in the new year, concentrate on sticking with it. You know maintaining good health requires a balanced diet with regular physical activity, month after… Read more »

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As we depart October and the brilliance of the kaleidoscopic autumnal leaves as they fall, the emphasis changes towards berries, stems, evergreens, conifers and heathers. In November in the garden, nothing can compare with the vast number of trees and shrubs that are laden with berries at this time of the year. Even though there… Read more »

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