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PHIL COULTER - who has written songs for Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and Luke Kelly - makes a welcome return to the Town Hall Theatre as part of his current Gold & Silver Days tour.
In political terms, these last few weeks have been depressing. First, we were subjected to the electoral version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (aka the Irish presidency), while thousands of Irish families remain homeless, with no sign of a publicly financed house building programme.
Ballina will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat in the All Ireland League division 2C tomorrow, when they return to action at home.
Kilballyowen Park is the destination for Ballina tomorrow afternoon where they will be looking to keep up their 100 per cent record in division 2C of the All Ireland league, when they take on Bruff.
In their first game back on the national level, Ballina left it late, but they still picked up a victory over visitors Omagh in memorable fashion last weekend. New Zealander Chris O'Neill touched down with the final play of the game, to give the Heffernan Park outfit a 23-19 win over their Ulster opponents.
On August 28, the St Vincent de Paul reported a 20 per cent increase in calls for “back to school help”. The same day, the man presiding over the housing crisis, Minister Eoghan Murphy, announced the election date for the most lucrative Irish political post - the presidency - with a salary of €325,507 plus untold expenses.
Thousands of people are expected to travel from around Galway to Knock and Dublin this weekend to see Pope Francis, who will visit Mayo's Marian shrine on Sunday.
Galway minor footballers, under the guidance of Donal Ó Fatharta, will take on Leinster champions Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park in the curtain-raiser at 3pm before the Galway seniors challenge Dublin (5pm).
The Galway senior footballers under Kevin Walsh have thus far enjoyed a productive season.
The role of goalkeeper in Gaelic football has changed dramatically over the past few years - where once a good shot stopper and a guy who could launch the ball 50 yards down the field were the prerequisite skills for the position, now the position has changed into something much different - with footballing ability, precision passing as important a the ability to read the tactical plan of the opposition vital to the role.