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Roscommon rise to the Connacht challenge as family memories remain pertinent

I am unashamedly dwelling, in the beginning of this column, on the outright triumph of Roscommon in Salthill against Galway last Sunday. I was lucky in that I was at home and had nobody with me, which meant that I could enjoy with my own company the RTÉ coverage on Sunday afternoon.

Fianna Fáil and Independents to hold firm?

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The agreement between Fianna Fáil and Independent councillors for control of Mayo County Council, that has stood for the past five years, looks set to be extended for the duration of the new county council term, which sits for the first time this morning (Friday, June 7) at 11am.

Stable political alliance key to inaugural Council meeting

 

Emotions of local election count clear to see as Roscommon seal deserved triumph

I hope you all had a good weekend. What was I up to? Well, I spent my weekend in Moate. Now I know in this column I often talk about the various places I have been to, so that is why I’m telling you I went to the Westmeath election count in Moate. I went on Saturday night, and we waited, and we waited, and we waited, in vain, for the votes to arrive over from Athlone Institute of Technology, which had divided all the votes into local, European, and divorce referendum and was dispatching them to the various places. But the Westmeath votes failed to arrive, and having waited from around 4pm I came home around 7pm and vowed I would go the next day.

Castlebar battle likely to be intriguing contest

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The Castlebar Local Electoral Area is the most crowded of all the areas for today's election with 17 candidates looking for the seven seats up for grabs.

How will Galway city vote in the 2019 Local Elections?

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Fifty candidates are competing for 18 seats across the city's three electoral wards, but in reality, only half that number can truly be considered contenders. While the city is not expected to make sweeping changes to the make-up of its local government representation, some new faces are likely to feature when the new council meets in June.

End of an era as political giant Killilea passes away

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Hundreds are expected to turn out in Belclare this morning [Thursday January 3] for the funeral of former MEP, TD, and senator, Mark Killilea, who passed away this week aged 79.

Man gives birth to alarm clock

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GALWAY WRITER Brian Coughlan is a clever comedic writer in the Alan McMonagle/Karl MacDermott mode. His characters tend to be no good types, the sort who, in what the career guidance teachers of my youth called the real world, end up in middle management, or as unsuccessful Fianna Fáil county council candidates. Such characters populate Coughlan's short story collection, Wattle & Daub.

Galway worst affected as Carthy hits out at rural post office closures

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Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has described An Post plans to close 159 post office branches across rural Ireland as an absolute scandal that must be resisted.

The Crane Bar

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This pub, which is situated on the corner of William Street West and the Small Crane, was originally known as the West End Bar. In the 1930s it was owned by Paddy and Angela (known as Alda) Smith who lived over the pub. They also owned the garage behind the pub, which Paddy managed. This was where Bell, Book and Candle bookshop is today. Mrs Smith was from Loughrea and when she and her husband retired, they sold the business to her brother Mickey Coen. He ran it until 1970 when Padraig Cummins took it over. Padraig had a business in Menlo making concrete slabs.

 

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