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“THE BLUES had a baby and they called it rock’n’roll,” Muddy Waters declared on his 1977 album Hard Again, and from Van Morrison to Rory Gallagher to Thin Lizzy, the Irish have always had time for the blues.
Drivers of Westmeath have been commended for their improvements in general road safety, after it was revealed that just one person was killed on the county’s roads in the first four months of 2013.
Following their recent sell out performance at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, The Riptide Movement come to the west for a very special intimate show in the Ruby Room on Friday, May 10. Dublin rock quartet the Riptide Movement are renowned for their phenomenal live shows, filling out venues and rocking out festivals all over Europe, they have toured Germany, Russia, France, India and the UK, supported Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan, and have been a regular feature on all the major Irish festivals over the past three years.
The general election of 1918 was also a plebiscite on the Easter Rising, two years previously. The Rising, and the destruction of the centre of Dublin, had been generally condemned. The Irish Parliamentary Party, under John Redmond, had been inching towards Home Rule; why bother with such violence? The belief was that the men and women of 1916 were brave, if foolhardy. Yet following the prolonged executions of the leaders, the massive round up of participants, and their imprisonment in Britain, a change of attitudes swept the country. This was perfectly illustrated in the election held on a bleak December day 1918. Sinn Féin had fielded candidates in every constituency. The campaign was vigorous and tough.
The midwife manager on St Monica's Ward at University Hospital Galway has confirmed that it was she who told Savita Halappanavar that her pregnancy could not be terminated because Ireland was a "Catholic country" but added that was not meant in a hurtful context.
An HSE report, which found a medical team lacked full understanding of Ireland’s abortion laws placing an overemphasis on the unviable foetus and an underemphasis on the deteriorating health of the mother, has been criticised by Savita Halappanvar’s husband for failing to fully explain why his wife died at University Hospital Galway last October.
DURING THE late 1970s when we had a bookshop in Maynooth, there is a memory of a young student who was the wittiest, most cynical, and most laid back person I had ever met. He was the quintessential bohemian and seemed to be totally at ease with, and somewhat disdainful of, the world around him.
There is a fantastic harmony singing opportunity on April 6 at the Rowing Club Hall, Woodquay from 10.30am to 4pm when Pete Linnett comes to Galway to lead a one day workshop.
Tomorrow women around the globe can raise a glass to themselves and toast International Women's Day. Whether a homemaker, mudwrestler, or international diplomat, women may still be underestimated, but crucially they no longer underestimate themselves.
Galway based author Patrick O’ Leary will be launching his book Servants of the Empire:the Irish Punjab 1881 -1921 in the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway on Thursday March 14.