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The Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe — style and class in a relaxing environment

Thu, Feb 04, 2016

I was recently invited to a tasting of the new menu in the Canal Gastro Bar and Bistro, Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. On entering the lobby of the hotel one cannot help but be impressed. Tall ceilings and marble finishing immediately suggest style and class, without making me question my decision to go with a casual shirt and pants combo.

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SuperSubs at Supermac’s

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

The first Supermac's opened its doors in 1978 on Main Street, Ballinasloe. Since that first opening Supermac's has grown steadily, its restaurants becoming a firm fixture in towns and cities across Ireland. There is always one nearby when you have a hankering for a Mighty Mac, even on the Aran Islands. Supermac's sponsors arts, culture, and sport within the communities it operates in, including its association with Galway hurling which is the longest running inter-county GAA sponsorship in the country, well over 20 years. In 2013 a new deal was signed seeing both hurling and football in Galway sponsored by one organisation for the first time. The new deal includes sponsorship of Galway football and hurling across all age groups from underage through to minor, u21 and senior.

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Sea Gastronomy by Michael O’Meara named Cookbook of the Year

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Galway chef and author Michael O’Meara's book Sea Gastronomy: Fish and Shellfish of the North Atlantic has been named Cookbook of the Year by John and Sally McKenna of McKenna's Guides.

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Food and entertainment aplenty available at Studio Eglinton Street

Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Studio, located at 20 Eglinton Street, is Galway's funkiest new eatery and late night entertainment venue. Located close to Brown Thomas, Studio serves food all day and offers an extensive cocktail menu, selection of mainstream and craft beer, and a bespoke wine selection.

Studio's eclectic and modern interior has meant that it is becoming the venue of choice for many be it for a night out, a special occasion, or a staff party. The focal point of the bar and eatery is the specially commissioned retro style trademark Studio neon lighting, and another cool feature is the use of reclaimed vintage brick at the venue. The rhythmic in-house Studio sounds will add to your experience with an excellent line-up of exciting acts, DJs, and entertainment provided on a weekly basis.

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Poppy Seed. Brand new premises - same great welcome!

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

In the pretty village of Clarinbridge, cafes come and go with alarming regularity. With its retro-modern cottage style, decorative shelves of chutneys and wooden furniture, Poppy Seed Cafe is one constant and reliable part of village life, tucked back from the main street behind the shopping complex.

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Enjoy festive food without the guilt, says nutritionist

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Food is something we should enjoy without feeling guilty, according to Dr. Marianne Walsh, Nutrition Manager with the National Dairy Council, who has prepared some tips for savouring the festive flavours this season, including a recipe by Chef Brian Mc Dermott to try at home.

“This time of year can tempt us to overindulge and we may become concerned about putting on weight or feel guilty; but we need to remember that eating is a regular part of our day, every day, so we should have a positive relationship with food”, says Dr. Walsh. “Acknowledging that we need to choose wisely to nourish our bodies with the energy and essential nutrients we need is important; as well as remembering that we all deserve a treat from time to time as part of a healthy, balanced diet”.

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A few tips and recipes that will hopefully make your Christmas dinner an easier and delicious experience

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Can you believe that it’s almost Christmas already? Are you ready for the big day? It definitely seems like Christmas, here in Claremorris, snow had fallen over the weekend and my kids were busy making their snowman. Back to the food. Are you cooking for many and keeping the menu traditional, yet modern? Here are a few tips and recipes that will hopefully make your Christmas dinner an easier and delicious experience.

Christmas glazed ham

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Top o’ the morning at McGettigan’s

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

Eyre Square has undergone a metamorphosis in recent times. Before where dining options were few and far between, now there is an embarrassment of riches. At the station-end visit Jungle Cafe to sample some excellent Badger and Dodo coffee, the Gaslight at the Meyrick is always a pleasure, or An Pucán, always the craic. At the opposite end of the Square we have Cafe Express with stuffed sandwiches and thick crust pizzas, and Eyre Street Steakhouse for possibly the best wings in Galway. Poppyseed and many other dependable cafes have sprung up around Eyre Street providing all sorts of diverse lunch and dinner menus and light snacks. Elsewhere around the Square, Petit Pois does casual French bistro with charm and you can even have a Michelin Star experience in the area by popping into Loam.

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Margaret’s Loaf makes it onto the shelves of Aldi stores nationwide

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

The winning bread in this year's National Brown Bread Making Competition is now available for sale in Aldi for €1.49 a loaf.

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Enjoy tasty food and a great atmosphere at Foley’s Hop House, Woodquay

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

There has been an exciting new addition to the night time entertainment offering in Woodquay with the arrival of Foley's Hop House.

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Wherever 2016 brings you, be sure to get there with award winning Fahy Travel Worldchoice

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

I think we all agree that summer 2015 was non existent...the endless rain and dreary weather could be what we can expect of our summer months thanks to climate change. Don’t get left behind next year — book early to get the best value for money for a summer holiday where you are guaranteed sun and fun for all the family.

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Festive afternoon tea at the Meyrick

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

The Parlour at the Meyrick has long been popular as a meeting place for coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea. While the room adjacent to it has been transformed in recent times into The Gaslight, one of Galway’s hottest spots, a vibrant city centre venue for dinner or drinks, The Parlour still retains all of its old world charm.

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Get the party started at Claregalway Hotel

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

Ahhh Claregalway! Who among us has not sat in traffic there at least once? Like most small towns it has a good takeaway and a cosy cafe, but it is Tì Cusacks Bar and Restaurant in The Claregalway Hotel that is my preferred escape from the traffic in this bustling little spot. The hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque village and just across the Clare River from the historic Claregalway Abbey.

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Festive fun at The Western Restaurant

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The Western Hotel, bar, and restaurant is a family owned establishment in the heart of Galway city, conveniently located only two minutes from Eyre Square. 

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Eat, drink, and embrace Studio, Galway’s newest venue

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

Studio, Galway’s newest restaurant and bar, has just opened its doors, boasting a new concept venue born of the culture of welcoming and enjoyment for which the west of Ireland is famous.

Located at 20 Eglinton Street, close to Brown Thomas, Studio serves food all day and is also the latest late night entertainment venue on the Galway social scene, with an extensive drinks menu to take you through the party season. 

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Festive afternoon tea at The Meyrick

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The Parlour at the Meyrick has long been popular as a meeting place for coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea. While the room adjacent to it has been transformed in recent times into The Gaslight, one of Galway’s hottest spots, a vibrant city centre venue for dinner or drinks, The Parlour still retains all of its old world charm.

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PoppySeed — new premises, same great welcome

Thu, Nov 26, 2015

With its retro-modern cottage style, decorative shelves of chutneys, and wooden furniture, PoppySeed cafe in Clarinbridge is one constant and reliable part of village life, tucked back from the main street behind the shopping complex.

Towards the front of the shop, where they make hundreds of bespoke hampers at this time of year, there are tables stacked with fancy crackers and posh lollypops, but this is more bustling cafe than it is gourmet food store. There is no such thing as a typical customer — you will see families with teenagers, young mothers with toddlers, and friends of all ages chatting over a coffee and a slice of cake.

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Room with a view

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Galway Bay golf course near Oranmore is one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland. It overlooks Galway Bay, with Galway city and the Aran Islands in the distance. The course is very challenging, but a great test for the more gifted golfers. Or so I'm told, as everything I know about golf can be written on the back of a postage stamp.

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Galway Lions Club asks shoppers to give big in this year's Christmas Food Appeal

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Galway Lions Club and Tesco Ireland are asking shoppers to make a big difference to someone’s Christmas by donating a food item during a two-day Christmas Food Appeal, which will take place on Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28 in Tesco stores in Ballinasloe, Newcastle, Headford Road, and Oranmore. 

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FSAI launches allergen tool for food businesses

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

A new, online and mobile compatible tool has been developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland to assist Ireland’s 22,000 food service businesses identify and manage allergens in the food they serve. 

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