“The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men...”

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

“The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley (go often askew)” - Robert Burns said these words 250 years ago and he was right! Sean O’Casey said about 70 years ago - “The whole world’s in a terrible state of chassis”; both statements were true.

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Polls, debates, rows – It’s almost over!

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The end is near! By the time you read this on Thursday some of you will have voted. Some will be getting ready to do so. Whatever the case, February 26 is the end of all the polls, the debates, the noise, the rows. The day belongs to you, the voters.

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Fine Gael in full flight!

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Never let it be said that I only follow the Ard Fheis of one Party. Last Saturday night, having spent the morning and early afternoon in Dun Laoghaire with Fianna Fáil, I sat down at home to look at Enda Kenny’s speech at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.

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Floods, floods, and fear of more floods

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Well there is really only one topic in Athlone at the moment, and that is the floods.

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Farmers, finance, and further matters

Thu, Dec 03, 2015

I cannot pass this week without referring to the farmers. Every news bulletin for the past number of days has the IFA either as its main item or featuring prominently.

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“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”

Thu, Oct 01, 2015

The above famous line, from Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, comes to my mind when I look at the world today, which is certainly in a state of chassis. The refugee/migrant situation is dominating the media and so rightly it should. Huge numbers of refugees from war-torn Syria and Eritrea are pouring into Europe.

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First steps into ‘big’ school

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Hello to the Advertiser readers in Westmeath, Mayo, and Galway.

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A plethora of political parties

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Hello to all the Advertiser readers in Athlone, Mayo, and Galway.

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O’Rourke invites Athlone to book launch “party”

Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Former Minister and TD, Mary O’Rourke is hoping to use the launch of her memoir on Sunday to provide “a bit of a party for Athlone”.

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Education - Back to School

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Due to demand, the NUI Galway dedicated first year student hotline will be open for calls from Tuesday August 16. The hotline will be open to students, their parents and their advisers and will run until 23 September 2011.

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Training opportunities at MOHH

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Laurie Headd from Ballinasloe recently graduated from MOHH International Hairdressing Academy. During Laurie’s 14 months studying all aspects of hairdressing, Steiner recruitment for cruise ships came to interview students and Laurie, along with four others, secured a nine-month contract working as a stylist on one of their ships. She is currently in Monte Carlo.

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Swarbriggs all set for back to school

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Swarbriggs Shoes in Golden Island Shopping Centre and Oliver Plunket Street Mullingar has introduced a new children’s shoe department, featuring an exciting new range of footwear for children of all ages. Swarbriggs have built up an enviable reputation over the years for stocking fashionable, quality footwear, and also having fully trained staff with years of experience. Swarbriggs new children’s departments are exclusive stockists of Lelli Kelly and Geox footwear, and also stock Ricosta, Clarkes, Pablosky, AV8s, Susst, and Wrangler. Visit Swarbriggs Shoes at Golden Island Shopping Centre Athlone or at Oliver Plunket Street, Mullingar for all the latest brands.

For more information call (090) 6479010.

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