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Micheál (Mickie) Mahon, Cloon, Claregalway, Co.Galway. Peacefully at Galway Hospice. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Delia and his brother John. Sadly missed by his family, brother Tom, sister Mary Kearney, brother in-law Pete, sister in-law Evelyn, aunt Nora, nieces, nephew, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Síoraíocht, within the grounds… Read more »

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* Press Release Exploring the possible By Alitam Group April 28, 2021 We meet Ray McSharry, founder of The McSharry Group, Ireland. With a pharmacy group comprising 8 stores (plus a head office and a warehouse), and a team of over 80 members, Ray McSharry boasts the largest indigenous pharmacy group in the West of Ireland. It’s… Read more »

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Senior Mens Club AGM: Our Senior Mens Club AGM Takes place on Tuesday the 10th of January in our Knockdoemore Club House at 20:00. All members are welcome to attend. • Minutes of last year’s meeting • Secretary’s Report • Treasurer’s Report • Team Reports • Chairperson’s Address • Nomination of Officers • AOB Overall… Read more »

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Danny O’Connell, Cloonbiggen, Claregalway, Co Galway.(Peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Galway Hospice, after a long illness); Cherished husband of Helen and loving father to David. Sadly missed by his devoted Helen and David and his partner Sarah Anne, his loving mother Tess, brothers Francis, Paddy, Martin, Eamonn and John Paul, sisters Norah Ann and… Read more »

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Paraic’s Tips For Your Garden In January Posted by Paraic Horkan on 19/12/22 “For gardening begins in January with the dream.”– Josephine Nuese As we enter the New Year we are reminded of new beginnings and opportunities. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the garden in January. January is a time of preparation and… Read more »

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The death has occurred of Sarah Moran (née Kavanagh)Cloon, Claregalway, Galway Peacefully at the Mystical Rose Nursing Home, with her family by her side.Pre-deceased by her parents Mike and Sabina, brother Tommie and her sister Mary. Greatly missed by her loving family husband Malachy (Sonny), son Tom (Cloon), daughter Mary (Gortroe, Corrandulla), daughter-in-law Sheena, son-in-law… Read more »

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The death has occurred of Paul FinneganAn Charraig Dhubh, Kilcahill, Claregalway, Galway Paul Finnegan, An Charraig Dhubh, Kilcahill, Claregalway, Co Galway Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Predeceased by his father John May they rest in peace Deeply regretted and infinitely loved by his heartbroken wife Teresa, and his cherished sons Joshua &… Read more »

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Juvenile Club AGM: Our juvenile club held their AGM during the week. All managers gave their updates on activities for the year. A great year from all of our age groups with the highlight being our Under 15s wining the All Ireland Feile Final during the Summer. Barry O Loughlin is stepping down as Chairperson… Read more »

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The death has occurred of Catherine Dempsey (née Rochford)Cloon, Claregalway, Galway / Sligo Formerly of Lough Talt, County Sligo. Suddenly. Beloved wife of The Late Gerry. Will be sadly missed by her daughters Tracy, Móna and Cathy Ann, sons Shane and Kenneth, sons-in-law Tom and Ron and Cathy Ann’s fiancé Gabe, daughters-in-law Laman and Sinead,… Read more »

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Fixtures and results: Under 17A: Our Under 17A’s are into the county Minor A final after beating Oranmore-Maree on Sunday. The final score ended up at 14 points to 10. The lads have setup a Final against Moycullen on Saturday the 3rd of December. Full fixture details to be confirmed. Please get out and support… Read more »

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Self Help Africa’s Ronan Scully receives 6th Oireachtas Human Rights and Human Dignity Award  Self Help Africa’s Ronan Scully was presented with the 6th Oireachtas Human Dignity Award at a ceremony in Leinster House this morning, Thursday, 1st December. This Award is presented by the Oireachtas Life & Dignity Group to a person or group whose commitment to the…



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Dogs like to be entertained, they have a low boredom threshold, for him staring at the fire in the grate isn't much different to us staring at moving images on a screen. It's a visual distraction which helps pass the time between more exciting stuff like going for a walk or getting fed.
Brigid’s Cross is widely believed to be a Christian symbol but its origins lie in much older traditions and folklore. 

The cross is usually woven out of rushes and sometimes straw. It consists of a central square surrounded by four arms at right angles and adorns the doors and rafters of Irish homes, usually in the kitchen, warding off fire and evil.

Traditionally, these crosses were woven on the feast of Imbolc, the festival of the pagan goddess Brigid, to mark the beginning of Spring.

Brigid of the Tuatha de Danaan, in Irish Celtic mythology, was known as a lifegiving goddess which is why the beginning of Spring with the birth of new lambs and the flowers beginning to bloom again, was associated with her.

Brigid became a Christian saint

With the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, the goddess Brigid became St. Brigid, or St. Brigid of Kildare (450-520), one of Ireland’s patron saints.

Many of the attributes of the goddess were transferred to the saint. Imbolc became St Brigid’s Feast on the 1st Febuary. The cross became known as St. Brigit’s Cross. St. Brigit herself became associated with sacred flames and holy wells in keeping with the pagan belief.

St Brigid helped a dying man

St Brigid is said to have been an early pioneer of Christianity in Ireland. According to The Christian story, St Brigit’s cross came about when Brigid was called to the house of a dying chieftain. As the man lay dying and delirious, Brigid began to console him.  

She picked up some rushes from the floor and began weaving a cross. At this point the dying man gained some lucidity and asked what she was doing. Brigid’s explanation of the cross calmed the man and he converted to Christianity on this deathbed.

In modern times the feast of St Brigid is still celebrated in parts of Ireland on 1st February.

People weave crosses and display them on their doors and some of the older traditions are still observed. Neo-paganism has also resurrected Imbolc as a religious holiday on the same day.
Attending the Claregalway Historical & Cultural Society Fundraiser in the Claregalway Hotel.
(Photo by Josette Farrell)


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