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Having spent the last five years straight at university, I can’t tell you the number of times I sat in the cafeteria at NUI Galway watching (much younger) students load their plates with chips and sausages on a daily basis with never a green leaf or tomato in sight. I asked the question daily, why… Read more »

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The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy around here. We had our eldest child’s confirmation, a nephew’s confirmation and now the next few weeks are jam packed with holy communion celebrations for friends and family. The nice thing about these events, aside from celebrating the special day for each child, is that it forces… Read more »

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This is one of our most familiar weather proverbs here in Ireland. It refers to the fact that the month of March begins with cold wintery winds, only to be replaced by warmer Spring-like weather as it leaves us. If yesterday and today is anything to go by, we are in for a few cold,… Read more »

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One minute we were in the throes of Christmas festivities and New Year fun and then WHAM! February 1st stole in right under our noses and with it brought the first glimpse of Spring. This past weekend, while turbulent weather rolled around the country, Galway caught a break and had a few days of sharp bright… Read more »

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Well, it is already December and only a few weeks to go before Christmas is on top of us. The last few months have literally flown right by me and I am just now coming up for air. I graduated last week, with first class honours, from the MA in Journalism at NUI Galway and… Read more »

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Hello November… Where has the year gone? In a few weeks I am graduating from college again and it just so happens to be falling on the American holiday of Thanksgiving, which is November 27th this year. We are all taking a day off and I’m even going to bring the kids to the ceremony… Read more »

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Sunrise and sunset this time of year are pretty intense. The month of September saw that beautiful Indian summer stretch of weeks we all hoped and prayed for. The kids swam in the sea right up until last weekend and the water was still nice and warm. As much as I loved it, and long… Read more »

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Just the other day, an anniversary passed by me that went unnoticed. It was August 8th—when I moved back home to Galway —six long years ago. So much has happened in that short period of time, but what struck me as odd was that it went by unnoticed. I lived in America for fifteen years and not… Read more »

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Picnicking in Ireland might conjure up images of rain gear and over-crowded picnic shelters at your favourite public park, or sand in your sandwiches along the sea shore. We live and die for those rare summer days when the sun starts of searing high in the sky and if there is any chance of a… Read more »

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Green spindly spears are shooting up in the shops right now. They are parceled in little packets of 20 spears or so and although once seen as a delicacy, are now, due to the availability of imports, enjoyed year round at the dinner table. Although we have a few plants ourselves, this trim tipped vegetable,… Read more »

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