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Poems for the Lockdown - the changing face of Galway

Mon, Jun 01, 2020

THIS POEM was written in 2002 and features in my first collection of poems, The Boy With No Face, published by Salmon in 2005.

It is about the strange experience of coming back to Galway from London in 1994 and finding the place, which had been, for me, a relatively dull place to grow up during the 1970s and 1980s transformed into the happening and groovy place it became in the 1990s.

Two local pubs are referenced here - PM Kelehan’s, which was opposite the hospital, and Garavan’s on Shop Street. The somewhat rude last line I owe to Nicholas who was the barman in Garavan’s for what seemed like several centuries.


A hero’s welcome for ‘Miracle Man’ Paddy

Paddy Grant leaving hospital last Sunday. Photo: Sean Lally

Paddy Grant looked out of his bedroom window each day hoping to spot a seagull and a crow. All he usually saw was scaffolding and a blue sky peeping in between the gaps in the large steel frame. ...


Exhausted Netflix? Then check out All 4

The brilliant Stephen Graham in Shane Meadow's powerful series, The Virtues.

IF, LIKE me, you have exhausted everything interesting on Netflix and Amazon, and are now desperate for good content, check out All 4, Channel 4's online offering. ...


Impressive four bed in Leargán in showhouse condition with extensive gardens

No 30 Leargan.

Leargán is a quiet, friendly, residential development on the Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra. This popular estate is well known for the quality of the houses as well as being a well-maintained residential area. No 30 is a little gem ...


Tony Burke Motors delivers new finance offers for 202

Toyota has announced a range of new offers available for 202 to get the motoring industry back up and running after a challenging two months due to Covid-19. ...


Galway businesses can cut energy costs with online SEAI Energy Academy teaching efficient energy management

Members of the EMPOWER 2019/20 pictured in 2019. Back, L to R: Catriona Fahey (Boyle, Roscommon), Suzanne Carney (Claremorris, Mayo), Lou Brennan (Pontoon, Mayo), Finola McDermott (Westport, Mayo), Olga Klofac (Charlestown, Mayo), Janine McGinn (Castlebar, Mayo) Louise Loughlin  (Galway), Nancy O Reilly (Ballyhaunis, Mayo), Anita Patil (Boyle, Roscommon).Front, L to R: Trainer Claire Scanlon (Galway), Anya Aseeva  (Clonbur, Mayo), Deirdre Hardcastle (Ballintubber, Mayo), Asumpta Gallagher (Galway), Aneli Watson (Westport, Mayo), Cepta Mahon (Galway), Maria Staunton, EMPOWER Programme Manager, GMIT.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched a free online training resource to help businesses reduce their energy costs. The SEAI Energy Academy can help to lower energy bills by as much as 10%, potentially even more, by ...


Expansive coaching survey launches across all Gaelic game codes

Golf clubs resumed activity this week.  Photo: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

All Gaelic football, hurling and camogie coaches throughout the city and county are being asked to help the GAA deliver improved coaching education and development throughout its clubs. ...


Backing the businesses to rebuild your community

I remember someone saying to me some years ago during a brush with mortality, that normality is one of the most underrated aspects of our lives. And how true that is. There is a wonder in surrounding ourselves with those lived experiences and ...

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