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New year advanced fiction writing classes

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POET AND short story writer Susan Millar DuMars will teach an advanced fiction writing class, on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm, starting January 22.

Fr Micheal Griffin annual commemoration

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The annual commemoration in memory of Fr Michael Griffin takes place this Sunday in Barna, proceeded by a memorial Mass in Barna Church at 12 noon.

Cost of renting in Westmeath up 9.5 pc on this time last year

The cost of renting in Westmeath was 9.5 per cent higher in the third quarter of this year than a year previously, according to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie.

Don’t leave anything on the pitch…..

In sport when your team cross that white line, the amount you can do for them is reduced by about 90 per cent. Months and nights of training, in all kinds of weather, to prepare them for all eventualities puts your desires at the centre of theirs, but once they cross that white line, once the whistle blows, you can only but hope that what has been said to them and drilled into them will be retained so that it becomes instinctive. In that regard, you want those teams who represent you to be bright, intelligent, to be able to retain the importance of what you have stressed, and to use it when most opportune.

1916 and Noël Browne events in city this weekend

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THE 1916 Rising in Galway and the centenary of birth of Noël Browne will be discussed and commemorated at two events in Galway city over the coming days.

Jane Clarke - So much more than a pastoral poet

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IN WHAT is probably the best poem in Jane Clarke’s debut collection, The River, published by Bloodaxe, the narrator asks “Who owns the field?//Is it the one who is named in the deeds/whose hands never touched the clay/or is it the one who gathers the sheaves//takes a scythe to the thistles, plants the beech?"

The Unlucky Cabin Boy

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A GRIPPING true drama of shipwreck, cannibalism, and survival comes to the Black Box Theatre next week in the shape of the musical drama, The Unlucky Cabin Boy. Devised by Gúna Nua Theatre Company with playwright Mike Finn and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, the show tells the story of teenager Patrick O’Brien of Limerick.

An Spidéal writer wins Irish-language Book of the Year Award

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TADHG MACDONNAGÁIN, the An Spidéal-based author, publisher, broadcaster, and singer-songwriter has won the Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin Award, the premier prize for writing as Gaeilge, for his biography of the itinerant poet Raiftearaí.

Prolific children's author to give talk in Westport

On Saturday November 14, well-know children’s author Oisín McGann is hosting a talk at Westport Library as part of the 2015 Rolling Sun Book Festival.  The event is free of charge and suitable for children up to 12 years of age. Oisín is one of Ireland’s most prolific and best-known writer-illustrators, producing books for all ages of reader. He is a winner of the European Science Fiction Society Award, the Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award, and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the UK, le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire in France, and Locus Magazine's Best First Novel Award in the US. 

Being happy to read can transform a student’s school years

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An early dislike to reading by a child can so easily be glossed over, either as a personality trait, maybe by always being seen as a busy child, or simply, as a parent, you never had a great love of reading or words yourself when at school – or even now. And so the dislike can first be dismissed, and later ignored, the consequences of which can lead to later distress and regret. 

 

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