Sinn Féin councillor Mairéad Farrell.

Local News

Councillors brand Irish Water price concessions as a ‘confidence trick'

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Fixed rate water charges announced last nighty are only “‘a confidence trick” to “bribe hard-pressed families into paying, while Government pledges that Irish Water will not be privatised have met with scepticism from Galway councillors.

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Politics

Ó Clochartaigh or Connolly for the Dáil? Or both?

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Protest works. This is the message of the last number of weeks. Although Insider is uncomfortable with some of the more intimidating displays seen recently, there is no denying that the scale of the anti-water charges protests, the palpable public anger, and the unprecedented display of hostility shown to both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste has chastened the Government.

Old Galway

Hartmann’s of Galway

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

The first member of the Hartmann family to arrive in Galway was Alphons. His older brother Joseph was already established in business in Limerick. Joseph went back to Triburg in the Black Forest in Germany in 1895 to get married, and when he and his bride were about to return to Ireland, his father asked him if he would take Alphons with him.

Augustus John about the time he painted Caitlin.

Galway Diary

Caitlin and life with the Johns

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

The four Macnamara children, John, Nicolette, Brigit and Caitlin, when abandoned by their father, must have sought some stability from their mother Yvonne. But she was distracted by her passion for Nora Summers, and was just not available. Instead they were scooped up by the artist Augustus John, and his mistress Dorelia McNeil, and, saying good-bye to Doolin, were brought to live in his rambling red-brick home in Dorset. At the end of a sweep of gravel, lost in rhododendrons and trees, Alderney Manor was surrounded by miles of moorland. It was an ideal and happy playground for young children.

Cecilia Danell. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Shooting The Breeze

‘Being an outsider gives me a different view on things other people might take for granted’

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

There is a horse farm about a mile and a half outside Motala, a small town located between Stockholm and Gothenburg in southern Sweden. There it is surrounded by vast woodlands, a huge lake, hunters cabins, and amid the rural isolation, an old mental asylum.

Education

CELTA opens doors to an English teaching career

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Teaching English as a foreign language, or TEFL, is a popular choice among graduates who want to go travelling or people wishing to change career.

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