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A Touch of Humour


Remember, old folks are worth a fortune, with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs.

I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a few changes have come into my life. Frankly, I have become a frivolous old gal.

I am seeing six gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up Will Power helps me out of bed, then I go to visit Johnny Loo. Charlie Cramp comes along and when he is here he takes up a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays around all day. He doesn’t like to stay in one place for long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I’m really tired and glad to go to bed with Johnny Walker.

What a life! Oh, yes, I’m also flirting with Al Zymer.

P.S. The priest came to call the other day. He said I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him “Oh, I do it all the time – on my way home, in the parlour, upstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement. I say to myself “Now, what am I here after?”


Indiaidh a chéile a tógtar na caisleáin – By degrees castles are built.

Is ait an mac an saol – Strange are the ways of the world.

Ní bhíonn in aon rud ach seal – Nothing is lasting.

Is fada an bóthar nach mbíonn casadh ann – It’s a long road that has no turn.

Dá fhad é an lá tagann an oíche – Whatever length the day is, night always comes.

Ní thagann cíall roimh aois – Sense doesn’t come before age.

Ní neart go cur le chéile – Unity is strength.

Chrom Dia an droim don ualach – God fits the back for the burden.

Is fearr rith maith ná droch sheasamh – a good run is better than a bad stand.

Is fusa titim ná éirí – It’s easier fall than rise.

Is treise dúchas ná oiliúnt – Nature is greater than upbringing.

Is fearr oiliúnt ná oideachas – Upbringing is better than education.

Is treise sampla ná teagasc – Example is better than words.

Maireann an chraobh ar an bhfál, ach ní mhaireann an lámh a chuir – The tree will last, the hand that planted it will not.

Is geal le sos malairt oibre – A change of work is like a rest.

Special News

Belated 21st greetings to Sineád McGovern, Carnmore. Hope you had a great summer in Boston!

Congratulations to Amy Rohan, Lakeview, and Alexis Giwa , Claregalway who won U-10 4 x 50 metres relay with Galway City Harriers at the National Juvenile A.A.I. Inter-club championships in Tullamore. In the All-Ireland Club Championships.

Birthdays Greetings to Andrea Coyle, Cregboy, who was 10 on the 4th September.

Happy Birthday also to Daniel Coyle who had his 5th birthday in August.


Congratulations to David McCann, Lakeview whose dog Penny won 2nd place in the All-Ireland Friskies Dog Championship, held in Clonaslee, Co. Laois on the 1st September, having qualified in Gort earlier this year. There is only one dog picked out of 30 shows, so it’s a great honour. Well done.


Recent Births

Baby Megan to Sinéad and Enda Flaherty, Mullacuttra born on the 4th July.

Triplets Sam, Jack and Adam, born to Andree and John Concannon, Lydican on the 12th July, brothers for Natalie.

Baby Patrick to Breda and Martin Flaherty, Cahergowan, born in July.

Baby Rían, to Marie and Sean Duggan, Lakeview, born on the 30th July.

Baby Aoife born to Lorraine and Aidan Concannon, Claregalway, born on the 15th August.

Baby Sophie, a daughter for Catriona and Tommy Flanagan, born on the 1st September. Catriona is an employee of Bosco McDermott’s in Glynn’s Garden Centre.

Claregalway Parent & Toddler Group

The Claregalway/Carnmore Parent and Toddler Group provides an opportunity for parents to get together and get to know others in the locality. It gives parents a chance to discuss various problems/challenges that arise. It provides the children with an opportunity to develop and interact with other children, and we introduce activities to the toddlers including singing, painting, play dough, free play etc.

We have had many speakers e.g. Child Psychologist, Speech Theraist, Dietician, etc. come and speak to us. Also many of our members have completed a parenting skills course with the Diocesan Pastoral Society.

We are presently approaching companies in the locality for fundraising. The aim of the fundraising is to raise funds for insurance, toys, equipment, books, paints, outings, cover the cost of having speakers come and speak on child related subjects. We are a voluntary community based group, and we appreciate any assistance either financially or otherwise which we receive. Your assistance ensures that this group will continue!

We wish to thank most sincerely the following people who have already kindly donated to our group:

St. Jarlath’s Credit Union, Turloughmore, Co. Galway.

Glynn’s Centra, Carnmore.

Crystal Clean Service, Ballymurphy, Carnmore, Co. Galway.

Western Decking, 7 Sheerwater, Dominick St. Galway.

Western Hygiene Supplies Ltd., Curry, Cummer, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Anchor Safety, 2 Kilkerrin Park, Liosban Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway.

Bosco McDermott of Glynn’s Garden Centre, Lydican, Carnmore, Co. Galway.

Western Ironcraft, Claregalway, Co. Galway.

Roche Manufacturing Ltd., Claregalway, Co. Galway.

Claregalway Pharmacy, Claregalway, Co. Galway.

Macs Plastering, Cregmore, Co. Galway.

Formative Fun, Tuam Road, Galway who kindly donated toys.

Roches Stores, Galway.

Dr. Day is organizing a first aid kit for the group.

We provide a secure friendly supportive and safe environment for babies, toddlers, young children and their carers/parents to meet and complete activities.

Teresa, Chairperson (091) 798783

Joanna – Secretary (091) 799515; Ger – Treasurer (091) 799151. We meet every Tuesday (from Sept. 3rd. At 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in the Claregalway Naionra Centre (adjacent to the Leisure Centre)

Maniacs on the Road!

Motorists driving out from Galway, trying to avoid traffic jams in Claregalway village, are taking short cuts through Cloon, Clogher, Cregboy, and Cahergowan. This is extremely dangerous to all concerned and I have heard residents express their concern at the speed in which the motorists drive at and their concern for their children playing innocently outside. Something has to be done about this before it is too late. We received an email from somebody anxious to get together to discuss this issue and to do something about it, but we do not have a contact number. Perhaps that person will contact us with a number or perhaps one of you residents might get a committee together to deal with this problem. This should not be happening, and let’s deal with it before it’s too late.


Interior Design – Hints & Tips

Picture perfect

Items like pictures, photographs, books, and pieces of china give a room individuality. Without those finishing touches the best decorated room looks soulless. Most homes have piles of photographs or prints packed away, waiting to be framed and hung on a wall. You can frame most items and turn them into interesting talking points or a reminder of an important object or moment e.g. your wedding flowers. Posters, letters, invitation postcards, menus, certificates, coins etc, can all create something special when framed. An inexpensive print or poster can add immediate colour and life to a room at very little cost. Holidays away are great opportunities to buy e.g. a painting at a street market or art painted on bark or cloth and having them displayed on the walls, will bring back happy memories. Black and white photographs are also very striking and work well with a coffee and cream colour scheme.

More people are buying and investing in art but original paintings can be expensive, less expensive pieces can be got from young artists starting out or end-of-year exhibitions at Art colleges. Encouraging young painters is a nice thing to do and you may also have the pleasure of seeing the artist’s work becoming well known and in some cases valuable. The money spent on a painting can give lasting pleasure compared to e.g. a meal or two out. It is also something, which can be handed down to the family in later years. If you are luckily enough to be able to paint yourself and they are lots of you out there, then you can add a very special touch to your home and maybe in the process, earn some money.


Different looks can be achieved through colour, style, and size of mounts and frames. The main purpose of a frame is to protect a picture, but it can also enhance it. It shouldn’t dominate the picture and if it is well framed, you look at the picture and then realise it’s framed. It’s like an outfit at a job interview, it’s the interviewee you should see first not the suit. Frames come in three main types – wood, metal, and gold. The wooden types are usually oak, ash, or pine. Some have distressed finishes such as pale lime-waxed ones. They can also be hand-painted or factory finished in a wax, stain or varnish. Metal frames are stronger than wood and so can hold a heavier piece of glass and they suit modern decor. Gold types are made from extruded plastic and have a more uniform finish. There are a wide selection of ready-made frames available and are useful when you don’t want to go to the expensive of getting a frame made. It maybe something of no great value e.g. a postcard, where the frame could cost more than the picture. Ready-made frames come in standard sizes, so they may not be suitable in all circumstances. One of the advantages is the picture can be changed when you get tired of it.

Mounts are not just attractive inserts, they also keep glass and picture apart and this is important when framing watercolours so that condensation beneath the glass doesn’t make the paint run. They come in a variety of colours, which can be matched with the painting and your decor. The mount should enhance the picture, the frame and the wall behind. Traditional scenes usually need softer colours than modern paintings. Mounts can also be overlapped, so you can use two or three together.

Glass is not essential for varnished oil paintings or block-mounted posters, but watercolours need to be protected by it. Especially on darker pictures, glass can create a mirror effect or if pictures near or opposite a window, so it may be a good idea to use non-reflective glass.

Displaying Pictures:

It is well worth spending some time and effort arranging your picture display. If you get the positioning right, you will enjoy looking at them and it will also improve the look of your room. Don’t hang your pictures too high, where they cannot be appreciated or too low where they can be knocked off-centre. Also avoid dotting them randomly around the room. A group of pictures can help to change the look of a room’s proportions – a vertical arrangement makes walls seem higher while a horizontal display makes them longer. When hanging pictures put them on the ground along the wall, in positions where you think they will go, and then move them around until you are happy with your display. Get a friend to hold a picture in place, so that you can look at it from different parts of the room.

Large, bold pictures usually look best displayed signally or in pairs, while small pictures are often better arranged in groups. Try to relate your display to a piece of furniture or architectural details e.g. small group of prints on a narrow wall between two windows. You can also relate the pictures within a group in some way. You could do this by subject matter, main colour or a similar colour or type of frame. The subject matter of the group could have some relationship to room, where there are displayed e.g. herbal prints in the kitchen etc.

For a formal arrangement, centre a big impressive picture or a group of smaller pictures just above a sofa or over a sideboard or fireplace. Hang your display to one side of a main piece of furniture for a more casual look, but don’t extend it beyond the width of furniture or you will spoil the look. To create an eye-catching focal point, link your picture display with other objects in the room e.g. a few pieces of pottery with a picture just above or behind it.

Grouping pictures together in a display can add a handsome feature to a room. You can re-arrange, add, remove from or replace different pictures from the group as the mood or budget changes. To display the pictures to good effect, arrange them within a visual shape, such as a rectangular block or set them within an oval or triangular one. Also avoid big gaps between the pictures, as it will spoil the overall arrangement.

Rather than hang any old pictures just for the sake of having something on the wall, put some thought and time into it. As well as adding to the decor of your home the final result will give you many hours of pleasure.

Mary D. Kelly

Decorating Options

(091) 798224.

Claregalway Basketball Club Season 2002 – 2003



Under 9 (Girls) Monday 6.30 – 7.30 pm.

(Boys) Thursday 6.30 – 7.30 pm.


Under 11 (Girls) Saturday 11.00 am – 12.30 noon

(Boys) Saturday 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm.


Under 13 (Girls) Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am.

(Boys) Wednesday 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm.


Under 15 (Boys) Friday 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

(Girls) Wednesday 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm.


SENIOR LADIES Thursday 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

MEN Wednesday 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Fees for the year

€60 for 1

€110 for 2

€150 for 3/Family

Fees to be paid on first night of training. Fees include approx. 27 training sessions, end of season tournament and insurance. Anyone interested in getting involved would be most welcome.

Contact Mike Murray at (091) 799507 or come to one of the training sessions.

A Sincere and Heartfelt Thank You !

Noel Grealish would like to this opportunity to thank, sincerely, the people of the Parish for the wonderful support that you gave me in the general election.

To all the people who helped to record the highest, proportionate, individual vote for any candidate in the country in the two Claregalway ballot boxes ­ 417 (39%) – and Carnmore N.S. box ­ 400 (60%) ­ Thank You also.

My election to the Dail is the biggest event in my life and the one that I intend on proving as the best choice you could have made during the election and in the years to come.

I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the Dail but I can assure you that I will not be found wanting when it comes to matters concerning the people of Carnmore, Claregalway and the electoral area of Oranmore. Once again, a sincere thank you for your support.

Public Lighting Programme

I’m delighted to see that Cloone, Clogher, Cahergowan, Kiltrogue, Gortacleva and Cahernashelleney got the much needed lights which we have been looking for – I will continue to use my County Council Notice of Motion money to get these much needed improvements for townlands and villages throughout the parish. If you feel that your village could benefit from having an extra street light on a bend or dangerous intersection please contact me in the new constituency office at Briarhill.

New Public Office at Briarhill

From September 2nd, my new public office and Constituency office will be open from Monday to Friday from 9.15a.m. to 1p.m. and 2p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at 15a Briarhill Business Park (just off the roundabout and beside Western Motors). Those of you who have an issue or problem need only call in and leave a message for me and I will look into the matter and get back to you as soon as is practical.


Justice Minister, Michael McDowell has confirmed for me that he welcomes the opportunity of coming to Galway and officially opening the new offices on September 24th. at 7.30p.m.



New Office address: 15(a) Briarhill Business Park

Opening hours: 9.15a.m. to 1p.m. & 2p.m. to 5.30p.m. Monday to Friday

I’m Very Well Thank You

There is nothing the matter with me,

I’m as healthy as I can be,

I have arthritis in both my knees,

And when I talk – I talk with a wheeze.

My pulse is weak, and my blood is thin,

But – I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

Arch supports I have for my feet,

Or I wouldn’t be able to be out on the street,

Sleep is denied me night after night,

But every morning I find I’m alright.

My memory is failing, my heads in a spin,

But – I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

How do I know that my youth is all spent?

Well, my ‘get up and go’ has got up and went.

But I really don’t mind when I think with a grin,

Of all the grand places my ‘got up’ has bin.

Old age is golden I’ve heard it said,

But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed,

With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,

My specs on a table until I get up.

When I was young my slippers were red,

I could kick my heels right over my head,

When I was older my slippers were blue,

But I still could dance the whole night through.

Now I am old my slippers are black,

I walk to the shop and puff my way back,

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,

And pick up the paper to read the ‘obits’,

If my name is still missing I know I’m not dead;

And so I have my breakfast and – go back to bed.

Author unknown.