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An editorial from Galway Advertiser editor Declan Varley honouring coastguard Caitriona Lucas, who died during a rescue off the west coast last year, has been named as a winner in a global contest to honour the best editorial writing in weekly newspapers.
The French election has come and gone and Monsieur Macron has handsomely defeated Marine Le Pen.
I hope the Advertiser readers had a nice Easter. With the lovely dry weather and knowing that each day you were going to be able to go outside, I thought it was one of the best Easter weekends, weatherwise, we have had in a long time.
“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” - William Henry Davies
Well, as we said last week, a general election for Northern Ireland is now laid out for March 2.
I hope you have survived Christmas. As I write this, it is December 28, so life is beginning to come back to normal, trains and buses are running, shops are open, people are reading newspapers, and the madness is over. Except, of course, for children, who are having an absolutely wonderful time.
As I am writing this and talking with you all, we are in the throes of the last frenzied days leading up to the festival of Christmas.
Hello to all the Advertiser readers. As I am writing this, in the very early hours of Wednesday morning, it looks like Trump is in the White House. Students are back in school, and Ireland is king of the rugby world. Now, how is all that for a starter paragraph to my usually placid weekly column?
As I write this column on Wednesday after midnight, I am filled with sadness. My lovely sister-in-law Ann Lenihan died on Tuesday, October 25. It was completely unexpected; she just quietly passed away. Yes, she had been ailing and a little more than a year ago had a major heart operation, but she seemed to have come through it and to be making some headway.
With thousands of rugby fans set to turn the city centre into a sea of green this Saturday for Connacht’s sell-out Champions Cup clash with top French side Toulouse, Galway is set for an autumnal tourist boost.