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Now I know last week in the aftermath of Christmas I wished you all a Happy New Year. But I am compiling this on January 1, 2019, so I think it is only appropriate that I would repeat my New Year message to each and every one of my readers. I also have to say thanks to you all, because every day I go out I meet someone who has read my previous column and has a comment or two to make. So thank you for that.
After Connacht's important victory over Perpignan last Saturday, coach Andy Friend instructed his players to savour the moment because next up was a massive challenge against the champions of Europe and the PRO14 title holders.
Connacht's European hopes are on the line tomorrow evening in France (7pm) when they face a Perpignan outfit desperate to get a first win of the season.
Jeanette Winterson, best known as the author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, and Joshua Cohen, listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2017, will read at next year's Cúirt festival.
Well it’s been a busy week again, but to begin this column this week I’m going to start on a gentler note.
As I am compiling this weekly column for the Advertiser, people in the US are voting in the mid-term elections for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So by the time my column appears the results will be fully out. I hope that the polls which are forecasting Democratic wins in the House of Representatives are correct, but of course our belief in polls has run low. President Trump has put a huge effort into shoring up the Republican seats in both the Congress and the Senate, and he has campaigned tirelessly for the last 10 days hoping to consolidate the Republican vote. It seems that the US is viewing these mid-term elections as a referendum on President Trump and his handling of the US. So it will be very intriguing to see the results and to see whether the Democrats will come back in charge of the House of Representatives.
Connacht must turn their positivity into points on Saturday when French side Bordeaux-Begles visit the Sportsground for this year's opening European fixture.
Historical baggage can be incentive or curse, or as Connacht coach Andy Friend now believes, it should be ignored.
AMONG THE flock of fab comics winging their way to Galway for next month’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival is New Zealander Rhys Darby, best known as Murray from HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords and Steve in Wrecked.
The O'Donovan brothers and Sanita Puspure may have dominated the headlines at the recent World Rowing Championships, but Galway rowing was also celebrating a rare Irish feat.