So this is what we do best...enjoy

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

It’s Arts Festival time again — our lives are measured by the constant cycle year after year, the Big Top comes and goes silently, and the rich legacy that envelopes us welcomes another layer.

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VTS; Galway's newest family member!

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Looking for Cuban cigars for that celebratory occasion? Searching for a unique gift? Perhaps the retro look of the pipe is what is wanted? VTS Galway's newest store is the city's one stop smoke shop for these products and much more.

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Amazing value summer sun holidays up for grabs

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Are you still undecided about booking that summer holiday? Don’t take a chance on the good weather lasting.

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Stay thirsty for saving our future

Thu, Jul 05, 2018

We live in a world in which we tend to undervalue the common, but that perception can suddenly change when it becomes scarce. Hence this week the principle of scarcity is to the fore in Ireland - a product of abundance, one we utilise, not cherish; take for granted, not appreciate, is now taking control of our lives. Yes, we are talking about water and the lack of it.

On this occasion it is not about the changes/charges proposed by Irish Water not so long ago, yet, the heart of the issue remains the same. In a country that is pluvial, the infrastructure to retain it is simply inadequate, and in little more than a month, the country is running low on water, affecting the way we live, our food crops, farm animals, our industry. It is becoming an increasingly pressing issue.

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Be wowed by the possibilities of the sea

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

If the sea was covered with a sheet of strong glass, and if the skies reflected off it, like they do off the water on a summer’s day, you can be sure we would be out there all the time, slipping and sliding on it, falling on our arses on it, making up strange glass-bound games to play on this strange playground.

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Top commercial and investment properties in Galway going under the hammer at O’Donnellan & Joyce

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

O’Donnellan and Joyce's July Wild Atlantic Way auction is shaping up to be the biggest of the year. This past weekend, open viewings commenced on most of the properties, with all properties to be available for viewing for the coming weekend.

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The importance of focusing on the big picture

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

It has been a strange week newswise. Sometimes it’s as if all the planets align and sagas and dramas that have been playing out for years of a news cycle, cross each others path like ships in the night.

This has been the case over the past few days. When three of the biggest infrastructural and cultural projects to hit Galway over the past decade have, like those ships, all simultaneously docked in othe newscycle of our consciousness.

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What will we do now on April Fool’s Day if the Arabs buy United?

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

One of the hoary auld reliables of the newspaper game is when your publication date coincides with April Fools Day. It is the one day of the year when the normal stuff that passes for local news is embellished into extraordinary auld stuff designed to catch the eye, but to be not too good to actually convince people that it is true. I remember about a decade ago, on one April 2, fielding calls from some concerned parishioners of the Cathedral who were shocked to hear our story of the previous day that a Monsignor Faproilio from The Vatican was introducing ATM-style confessionals in the Cathedral, from which you would receive your penance on a small receipt.

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Let Magdalene redemption hasten the day this country delivers for all citizens

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

There has been a lot of talk about journeys in Ireland over the past few months.

But none will have been as traumatic and as poignant as that real journey that was made into Ireland this week by the hundreds of women who were forced to work in the Magdalene Laundries, as if the very act of cleansing would play some part in some sort of savage moral wash.

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All Systems Go: The Benefits of Access Control Systems

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Technology is fast becoming an integral part of all aspects of life. Having the technology to make life easier allows us the freedom to focus our creative energies on other areas, and this can bring improvements in the workplace, universities, and public buildings.

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Demand for empathy at all-time high as country lurches into another scandal

Thu, May 31, 2018

The empathy of the Irish people has been tested over the past few days, weeks, months.

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Ballinasloe residents and businesses asked to conserve water

Thu, May 31, 2018

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is appealing to households and businesses on the Ballinasloe Regional Water Supply Scheme to conserve water for the foreseeable future, as demand on the scheme has increased by more than 40 per cent in recent days.

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Using Forex trading to deliver that emergency income stream

Mon, May 21, 2018

At the beginning of the year, the Central Statistics Office delivered the promising news that unemployment in Galway had dropped by 12 percent over the past year. It was most likely as a consequence of this that the percentage of people going it alone as self-employed or sole proprietors also dropped, particularly when compared with the rest of Ireland.

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Farewell to a chronicler of our social history

Thu, May 17, 2018

When I started working in Tuam more than three decades ago, I came to the place like someone informed; It was as if I was watching a TV series having already seen the pilot episode. For me, very nook and cranny, every corner boy, every solicitor’s clerk, every waistcoated business owner, every side street had a side story about which there was a yarn or a saga. And for the best part of my many years there, I was enthralled and charmed and indeed shaped by the hundreds of characters who were citizens of the town, but who just as easily might have been characters in any one of Tom Murphy’s plays.

As I became more at one with the place, you would get to see and feel the formative breezes that led Murphy’s writing decades earlier; the decreasingly oppressive role of Church and State, the desire to flee into the hands of emigration, the talking from the side of the mouth, the beautiful juxtaposition of snobbery and poverty that created the tensions that you find in all of his wonderful work.

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A weekend of journeys

Thu, May 10, 2018

The weekend used to be a great time for ‘the spin.’ In the days when having a car was a novelty, “sit in, sit in,” would be the mantra, as families would pile into the car on a Sunday afternoon for a drive made with no end in mind, the act of travelling seemingly more important than any pre-determined destination. Weekends became associated with journeys, spins to nowhere in particular, visits from unannounced visitors, a series of movements that kept us all connected, grounded, and with a strong sense of where we were from, and what lay out of sight, just over the hill.

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Public are enraged by the lack of disclosure

Thu, May 03, 2018

It sits there. On the desk. In your bag. In your hand.

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Will anyone be held accountable for Dunmore foster care lapse?

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Images of child abuse come to us through grey-tinted windows. In our mind’s eye, they happen in a black and white world, with a smell of cold and talc and warm breath in an Ireland where the rain is incessant, washing down the gutters and the windows, gathering up shreds of hope, carrying them along to a drain where they disappear. And through the glass, just before the net curtains swing back to obscure the view in this miserable world, there is just enough time left for those without voice to witness that washing away.

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If you wait for the right time, you wait forever

Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Weeks pass by in the flash of an eye. There is such order to what we do now, that we become enslaved to the routine so that on Monday you do Monday things, on Tuesday, Tuesday things, and so on, until before you know it, you’re back doing Monday things again.

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Online mornings: five super games to brighten the commute

Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Have the Smartphones at the ready. Calling all commuters - forget naps, forget boredom, and forget the usual morning blues because there are games out there perfect for commuting.

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A great citizen whose legacy will be felt in Galway for generations

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

A city is a patchwork quilt of faces, opinions, cultures, sounds, smells. It only becomes what it is through the juxtaposition of all of these things. From the difference which it has to other places, a difference created by the choices we make in terms of the type of place we want to live in. I think of this every week when the team and I here at the Advertiser sit down to put together a newspaper that we hope touches in some respect a variety of the issues and areas that go to make up Galway. A pot pourri to match the pot pourri that surrounds us all.

I also think of this every time we lose someone who has made a contribution to what is Galway, to the way we think and approach life. We are fortunate to have have myriad individuals who through their intellect, ability, and drive have gone on to plaster into place one of the building blocks of the city we have today and the city we will have in fifty years time.

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