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Some of the news in breif from around this county this week.
FOR MOST of us, January 2018 is the start of a new year, the beginning of a new cycle of 12 months, but for university students, about to begin a new semester, this is actually the half-way mark in the college calendar.
I was on a whirlwind tour of various places in the west of Ireland recently, attending Gorta Self Help Africa events, especially the Gorta Self Help Africa Ball where close on €30,000 was raised for the charity’s work in 10 countries in Africa. We are so thankful for this support, and indeed from all the parishes in Galway and the west of Ireland that have organised fundraising events during the year.
In 1939 my mother and I spent Christmas with both my grandmothers and on a cold bright day we set off for Galway by train.
A Moate farmer has expressed pride at the legacy of his late father’s generosity after travelling 6,500 miles to be reunited with a cow donated by him to a destitute African family a decade ago.
Supermac’s has raised over €500,000 for the charity Trócaire since the group of family restaurants started collections almost 30 years ago.
FILM MAKER Neil Jordan has spoken in awe of their "wonderful, shamanistic energy"; The BBC World Review has called their concerts "beautifully euphoric live experiences"; while Bono said, "You get the feeling they lit the fuse for the big bang."
Gorta Self Help Africa are asking people and children to consider joining schools/companies/businesses across the country in the for its Annual ‘Christmas Jumper Day for Africa to take place across the country on Friday December 15.
Supermac’s will host a Christmas Fundraising Evening in aid of Trocaire on Thursday, December 7 in the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa. For over 30 years Pat and Una McDonagh, the owners of Supermac’s restaurants around the country, have supported Trócaire in many ways.
As a past leader in Operation Transformation and a former football All-Ireland winning medalist with Offaly, I have got used to facing challenges.