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She was a vivacious, witty young woman, intelligent, interested in everything, passionate about her country, and determined to make her own way in a man’s world. He was an elderly, brilliant, and very eccentric scientist. Yet these two became friends, and she has left us a vivid and very funny account of their late-blooming friendship.
The average age of men and women in Mayo taking the plunge and getting married are those in their 30s according to statistics from the Central Statistics Office. Released last week, the statistics relate to marriages registered in 2008.
One of the oldest books I possess, bought at Kenny’s Bookshop many years ago, is a 1772 edition of The Book of Common Prayer, described by one historian as “the official doctrinal standard of the Church of England and most other churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion”.
Volunteers across the city and county are celebrating this week following news that Kilkenny has been named Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre following the publication of the results of the annual Tiday Towns Competition this week.
CLIFDEN, THE capital of Connemara, will resound to the sound of classical music, folk, rock, Irish trad during the 34th Clifden Arts Week Festival from Thursday September 15 to Sunday 25.
There was something altogether appropriate about Maitias O’Gormaile of Tuam reaching the end of his life’s journey on St Patrick’s Day. For his sense of Irish identity was deeply rooted and expressed itself in every aspect of his life, from the language he so loved, to the history and folklore of the country, its music and song and dance, and, of course, its sporting traditions, especially hurling, which he championed in his part of Galway, an area better known for Gaelic football.
Inspector Martin Byrne told a meeting of the Castlebar Joint Policing Committee this week that he would endeavour to get the gardaí in the town to carry out more enforcement on litter offences. The members of the committee were given a presentation at the meeting by Sharon Cameron, the environmental awareness officer from Mayo County Council, on the issue of litter and enforcement in the county.
GENERATIONS OF Irish school children were taught to recite Mise Raiftearaí an File, believing it to be by the Mayo/Galway poet Antoine Ó Raifteiri, which he wrote about himself.
THE IRISH Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists will bring their The Three Fddlers - a celebration of the violin concert to Connemara next week.
“Grab this time of your life with absolutely everything,” international speaker, adventurer and social entrepreneur, Caroline Casey, urged Kilkenny students last week.