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Galway is recognised across the world for the welcome it extends to visitors. Indeed, as far away as New Zealand it was named among ‘one of the five great cities to visit’ back in 2014. This is some accolade when you consider our small city, which many regard as a big town, is competing with the major European hotspots such as London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona.
Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has opened a ‘Holy Door’ at Knock Shrine as Catholics across the world have started to observe and celebrate Pope Francis’ historic ‘Year of Mercy’. The world’s media and tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Basilica on December 8 to watch Pope Francis open the Holy Door in Rome, a tradition that dates back to the 1400s.
We get out of bed at nine, and Nora makes chocolate. At midday we have lunch which we (or rather she) buys (soup, meat, potatoes and some thing else)...At 4 o’clock we have chocolate, and at 8 o’clock dinner which Nora cooks.
A BEGUILING exhibition featuring three Italian artists has opened in the Town Hall Theatre bar. Entitled Grounded, it features paintings and prints by Elena Dova, Gaia Biscardi and Gregorio Vecchione, all of whom have made their homes in Galway over the past couple of years.
Final preparations are being made by four Castlebar athletes who are taking part in the 2015 New York City Marathon. Lorraine Toner, John Geraghty, and husband and wife Karen and Seamus Devaney will all run the Marathon in New York on Sunday November 1 in aid of Western Care Association.
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.
SsangYong is now offering a diesel version of the new Tivoli crossover, with prices starting at €21,495.
During the past few weeks I have tried to give some of the formative influences on the life of the writer Eilís Dillon as she grew up in Galway. The impact of her parents’ (Professor Tom Dillon and Geraldine Plunkett) commitment to the War of Independence, and her nightly fears of sudden raids on their home by the Black and Tans was a nightmare that stayed with her all her life.