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Athlone resident appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Irish Army

Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran, a resident of Athlone, has been appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

The Mayo Leprechaun

One beautiful June evening, after a hard day’s work turning a large field of hay, my friend and neighbour Joe Blewitt asked me would I go over to Tully’s for a pint. He didn’t have to ask me the second time because we had worked up a huge thirst over the course of the day. There was a large crowd in Tully’s that night, and all the events of the day were discussed at some length. It was the night before the Connacht final between Mayo and Galway and it was really the topic of the day. Who was going to win? There is always tremendous confidence in Mayo, and most people there that night thought Mayo would win; some of the older people issued a note of caution and said that there was no such thing as a bad Galway team and cited some examples of years gone by when Mayo were raging hot favourites only to come a cropper to an unfancied Galway team.

ROPES journal to raise funds for Simon

ROPES, THE literary journal produced by the students of NUI Galway's MA in literature and publishing, is seeking donations to cover the costs of its upcoming 24th volume.

What's happening at Galway Arts Centre in 2016

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AS 2015 draws to a close, the Galway Arts Centre is gearing up for another year of exhibitions, education programmes, and events, with the current exhibition, Unbounded, running until January 16, featuring sculptural work by Ruth E Lyons and Angela Fulcher.

A ‘profoundly personal and spiritual calling’, says busy diocesan secretary

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Since his ordination in 2010, Fr Martin Whelan has become a familiar face to the thousands who attend Mass in Galway Cathedral on a regular basis. In addition to his work as curate, assisting parish priest Canon Peter Rabbitte, he is also busy with his role as diocesan secretary. Fr Whelan is one of a new breed of younger generation priests who are firmly making their mark on life in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh, and Kilfenora

Coping with grief

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It can hit you most at bedtime. As the clock strikes 11pm or maybe midnight you feel a darkness descend on you. An all enveloping blackness darker than night itself.

Remember someone with Children’s Remembrance Day Christmas tree lights

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The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at University Hospital Galway (UHG) celebrated the launch of their Christmas tree lights last week. In December a giant Christmas tree will be on display at the entrance to UHG and people can sponsor a light on the tree as a dedication to a loved one.

Have Beethoven, Chopin and Bartok for lunch

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A LUNCHTIME date with the music of Beethoven, Chopin and Bartok beckons with next week's Music For Galway lunchtime show, featuring a rising star of Irish classical piano, Fiachra Garvey.

How America hated the Irish exodus

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When Charles Dickens first visited the United States in January 1842, the popularity of his books was such that he was mobbed by adoring crowds, feted and dined as the major celebrity that he undoubtedly was, and was guest of honour at a famous Valentine’s Ball in New York attended by 3,000 of the city’s great and good.

Harvard expert to deliver talk on concussion and its management at Athlone IT

Dr Michael O’Brien from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital will deliver a talk on concussion and its management in sport at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) on November 12.

 

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