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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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The annual payment of a tithe or tenth of all farming produce, animals or income for the support of the clergy goes back a long way, to the last order “which Yahweh gave to Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites” according to the closing lines of the Book of Leviticus ch. 27:30–34. In Ireland… Read more »

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October is the month where we start getting frosts and the days begin to shorten; with this comes the end of the growing season, with plants going dormant, it is usually a good time to plant new material or for moving existing plants. There are a host of sweetly scented flowering shrubs that last from… Read more »

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Historical Sites Ringfort and Souterrain, unclassified earthwork site. Mansion and castle, enclosure and field system. Business: Byrne Concrete Dennelly Commercial Cahills (lorries, etc) Glynns Fruit & Veg. Centre Names of families who lived there in 1855: Collins, Dillon, Flesk, Flynn, Gardiner, Glynn, Kemple, Killilea, McDonald, Molony, O’Dea, Sheridan, Staunton, Walsh. Lydican Castle This site is situated in fairly low lying undulating countryside. It is just east of… Read more »

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Very little is known about the Famine of 1847 apart from the mass emigration in the West of Ireland, Claregalway included. Many people went to America from Claregalway on ships. One such case for example was that of two brothers from Clogher. One died on the way and was thrown over-board. The other brother got… Read more »