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After a somewhat false start on January 16th, due to severe weather conditions, we set off on Saturday, 6th March on our trip to Omagh. Our original plan was to fill one bus, but such was the demand for seats, that we hired a minibus as well. The weather looked promising on this occasion and… Read more »

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May is the month when temperatures rise and the day length increases. The growth rate and workload springs into overdrive. The bare earth of the spring has disappeared and in every corner of the garden plants are shouting for attention: feed me, trim me, plant me out, stake me, so start now. May can also… Read more »

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Claregalway Skin Care & Aromatherapy Clinic, Kiniska Body wrapping is relatively new, but has been in use in European countries for over 20 years. Actually, Body Wrapping originated way back in the days of Cleopatra on the Nile, The intent was to cleanse the body of impurities. True European Body Wraps consist of the process… Read more »

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Make hay while the sun shines as the saying goes. This will be the motto for all gardeners and farmers this coming spring as we come to terms with the dreadful weather conditions. Having spoken to some older and wiser heads, they tell me this is on par to be one of the worst winters… Read more »

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Steeped in history, Claregalway offers a myriad of delights. We find the ruins of the picturesque Franciscan monastery which dates back to 1290. This Friary has withstood time and powerful historical upheavals such as the suppression and the expulsion of the friars by the Cromwellian troops. Close by lie the remains of Claregalway Castle which… Read more »

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Christmas is well and truly upon us and we can look back and review the year that has gone, from a gardening perspective. From a positive point of view, many would see it as a good year, particularly people who are starting off and getting the garden off the ground. The more experienced gardeners will… Read more »

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As I write this article, I am looking back on last year’s and the first paragraph is a warning not to forget to water your tubs and hanging baskets or to get a neighbour to look after them, if going on holidays. Listening to the wind and rain outside today, I think I will leave… Read more »

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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 »