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“I’M STANDING here and my car has just been clamped!” Garret Keogh informs me when I ring him on Monday afternoon to chat about Decadent Theatre Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s A Skull In Connemara which comes to the Town Hall Theatre this month.
by Martina Nee
Council officials moved yesterday, January 9, to reassure residents in flood-prone areas of Athlone that levels in the Shannon are not now expected to rise to levels which may threaten homes.
The suggestion by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton, that the cost of undergrounding cables in the planned EirGrid development would prevent more balanced regional development, was the type of argument which raised questions about the honesty of those favouring overgrounding of the various projects.
Staff at Leisureland in Salthill which had been flooded with sea water during last week’s storm have been working tirelessly on the clean up operation with the power set to be restored in the next few days.
For most of the time, it just sits there, the pretty backdrop to the postcard that is our city and county, calm and rocking, its gentle waves lovingly lapping at our coast like a friendly puppy. And because it has been such an acquiescent friend, we have tended to disregard all of its possibilities, the good and the bad.
The stormy conditions which have been battering the county continue today (Monday) but look set to abate later this week.
The funeral Mass has taken place of former Athlone mayor Brendan McFadden, who died suddenly on Monday at the age of 82. Mr McFadden, who was a public representative in Athlone from 1979-2003, was laid to rest yesterday at Coosan Cemetery following a funeral Mass at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.
Americans around the world will today celebrate their traditional Thanksgiving - believed to have begun as an autumn harvest festival in the 17th century and a time for people to give thanks for what they have.
The Connacht Junior Cup was donated by a man called Senior. He was Alfred Senior, professor of chemistry in UCG from 1891 to 1918. The cup was first played for in 1905, and as Ralph O’Gorman says in his wonderful book entitled Rugby in Connacht, the event always had a unique culture, it was competitive and unpredictable, and had a wide geographical spread of participating clubs.