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Irish Rugby internationals Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan took advantage of Specsavers’ latest hospital-quality technology ahead of the Guinness Six Nations to help ensure they are at the top of their game.
Galwegians made it four wins on the trot in the Energia AIL Division 2B when they came away with a third successive home bonus-point win against Belfast Harlequins on Saturday.
We will begin this column with our take on the rugby match last Saturday between Ireland and Japan. Firstly, in my opinion, Ireland did not play badly, but yet Japan played a terrific game.
There is so much to talk about that I would need five columns to fit it all in, and sometimes I feel like that when I am facing a lot of writing to do. But I must compress it and try to do the best with the space I have.
Athlone student and Buccaneers club player, Fionn McDonnell, is the envy of many rugby supporters, as his fingerprints adorn ‘Ireland’s Ball’, which will be formally presented to the Irish senior rugby squad prior to their departure for the World Cup in Japan.
The Small Firms Association Smart Business Conference takes place on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in the Aviva Stadium Dublin 4.
I’m going to begin this column with really interesting creative and exciting news. Last Friday night I was invited to launch a book called Tales from the Heart – New Creative Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology. Now, this is a compilation by Mick Donnellan of nineteen writers who attended his creative writing course for the last number of months. The course is conducted under the aegis of the Department of Lifelong Learning in Athlone IT.
Emigration from Ireland is not a new tale. You would be hard pressed to find one person on the island who does not have one family member or friend who has left Ireland for pastures new. Many Irish abroad survive and thrive in their new surroundings while others return home, seeing the sojourn as an experience that did not work out or an adventure that had to come to an end due to the irrepressible pull of home. For Paul Mullen his experience is most definitely best categorised as the former.
Well I have to start with rugby. I think Joe Schmidt when he was interviewed after the match was fully correct when he said, “it’s a reality check for all of us,” and by that he meant the team and himself as head coach. How true that was. Somehow we, the public, and I expect the team also, felt that we were poised to defeat England. We didn’t at all take into account that England under Jones were bound for revenge, and they got it.