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Definitive ruling on Public Services Card as Brexit issues continue to dominate political landscape

I suppose the hurling final was the event of the weekend. But the result was disappointing, in that the gap between Kilkenny and Tipperary was 14 points, which did not indicate a very close game. Nonetheless, it is always exciting to see hurling played at a very high level, which this was, and the prowess and skill of the combatants on each team was not in doubt.

The possibilities and pitfalls of August

Many years ago, Edna O’Brien wrote a wonderful book called August is a Wicked Month. That book, of course, referred to lover-like dilemmas, sex, and all sorts of other possibilities and probabilities. But it doesn’t take from the title, which we can correctly interpret now as applying to this month of August.

Gonna take my horse out the old Tuam Road….

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Great drama on and off the pitch

We had marvellous hurling matches on Saturday and Sunday and it was great. They were on RTÉ both days which meant I didn’t have to go out to visit to see either of them, but could sit in my chair in my own home and revel in the sport of it.

Brexit a real threat to Agri-sector in Mayo – Chambers

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, says that Brexit is a real threat to the Agri-sector in Mayo and that every effort from government should be made to support farmers in the West.

‘A sense of unity and a sense of can do it’

Well, there was so much sporting excitement over the weekend that it was hard to cope with, and hard to know what to concentrate on at any one point. Because of the national implications, I’ll plump first for Shane Lowry. What a player, what a guy, what a man. He really showed everyone how victory can be attained, how to handle it, and above all how to show your appreciation.

Summer sunshine finally arrives as the quest for Tory Party leadership continues

Well, for once the weather in Ireland performed exactly as required.

State examinations in full flow as quest for Tory leadership continues

The weather has turned particularly uncertain for high summer. I for one am very glad, and I’m sure many other people are, that it has turned cool and uncertain. It seems that always we have heatwave weather when students are doing their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert, and how difficult it must be for them as they swelter with their thoughts and their writings in the examination hall and the sun beams in the windows, leaving them with the feeling that they should be out enjoying it. But the cooler weather has meant it is easier for them to concentrate.

Katie lands an historic sporting blow as Trump touches down on these shores

I’m going to begin this column with the great news about Katie Taylor. As we all know by now, on Saturday night she defeated Belgian woman, Delfine Persoon, in Madison Square Garden in New York. I didn’t see the fight because it was at 1.30 in the morning, but I saw bits of it on the news, and it appears that she won it fair and square. But already the grumblings are beginning and Delfine Persoon has challenged her to a re-match as soon as possible. If I was Katie Taylor, I would not agree to a re-match. Katie won it, and she is now the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Why should she casually decide on a re-match, just because the loser wants to engage with her immediately? So leave her alone; you are now, Katie, the world champion, so rest on your laurels. Despite that fact, she is always regarded, both when written about and in interviews, as a modest, unassuming young woman, and she appears to be that in every sense of the word. Well done Katie, and I hope you enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

GIAF announce line-up for new Winter First Thought Talks programme

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Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) has announced the programme for its new Winter First Thought Talks discussion series, which will take place at NUI Galway later this month.

 

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