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Expect plenty political ‘seat of the pants’ moments in 2018

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Insider is still recovering from what was a dramatic end to 2017 - the State narrowly avoiding a Christmas election; Ireland being at the centre of the standoff at the end of Phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations; and locally a SF implosion in Galway West. It was a whirlwind few weeks, and a period that offered wildly contrasting fortunes for the main political players. The Christmas break was badly needed by all.

Farewell to 2017 - and welcome 2018

Hello and a Happy New Year to all the readers of the Athlone Advertiser.

Post-Brexit, Ireland faces many tough choices

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While domestic policy challenges continue to dominate Irish political discourse, the sense that negotiations are reaching a crunch phase is pushing Brexit higher up the agenda. Insider however senses that much of the population, and even some of the political class, are oblivious to the scale of the challenges facing the State on the global front, and the painful decisions and choices that may have to be taken.

Whimsy, satire, and surrealism

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THERE ARE still a couple of days left to catch the wonderful work gathered for the inaugural Galway Cartoon Festival which now runs until Thursday November 9, having initially being scheduled to finish last Monday.

'I can still compete with anyone despite being around so long'

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WHEN XTC’S Colin Moulding presented the band with ‘Making Plans For Nigel’, it immediately appealed to band leader Andy Partridge who felt the melody “reminded me of Gilbert O’Sullivan”.

'My mission is to keep it funny'

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She has achieved renown as an actress, author, comedian, script editor, and memorable interviewer of celebrities but in recent years Ruby Wax has become best known as a highly articulate, yet still witty, mental health campaigner.

Fantasy Football round six preview

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It is back to league commitments this weekend after the Carabao Cup during the week. Cup competitions can be an unwelcome distraction especially if your star player picks up an injury but fortunately for most Premier League teams, they all came through their cup exploits unscathed.

On being King Of The Castle

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SEAN MCGINLEY, a stalwart of Druid’s early days, makes a welcome return to the company for the first time in eleven years, when he takes the lead role in Eugene McCabe’s powerful drama, King Of The Castle.

So whose line is it anyway?

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IF LAUGHTER is the best medicine, then Galway is set for a serious LOL overdose, with Dara O Briain, Tommy Tiernan, John Richardson, Al Porter, and Reginald D Hunter, among the stand-up superstars set to perform at this year’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival.

Finding our way forward with the help of the past

I am going to talk with you all a bit this week about the whole Brexit business. Now, I am sure, like me, a lot of you have heard it going on all summer in bits and pieces, but it seems to be becoming serious now with Michel Barnier from the EU and David Davis from the UK having their serious talks together. But, as yet, no real outcome has emerged.

 

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