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‘Threading the Táin’ is an inter-county community visual arts project showcasing five tapestries created in celebration of the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley.
The late Hubert Butler once wrote a delightful essay called Influenza on Aran in which he examined the evidence for the early Irish saints. His title is explained in the first few sentences: “When I arrived in Aran by the Naomh Eanna at Kilronan I was sneezing, and by the time I had raced to St Enda’s Church at Killeany and seen the stone on which he had floated in from Connemara I was feverish and coughing.
‘My dearest mother,
The prestigious Georgina Campbell Award for Best Business Hotel in Ireland has been awarded to Galway’s popular Nox Hotel, located just off the Headford Road.
I had been to Northern Ireland on many occasions, but yet, I never felt that I had been to it. That I'd never sat back, taken the time to stroll around, to experience the variety of break types it offers. I suppose that emanates from the perception we had of Northern Ireland through decades of growing up and not seeing it as a potentially wonderful location to have a holiday.
It has to be the year of the Shark, that’s John ‘Shark’ Hanlon from County Carlow. He bought a horse called Hewick. He didn’t pay dearly for it (not even a thousand euro) and then won the Galway Plate last summer. He added another win at Sandown, and between the two he pocketed half a million euro. Not bad for a year’s work. But just last October he won the American Grand National at Fair Hills in New Jersey with a $160,000 dollar first prize. Now he is 33/1 to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. D’ya think, maybe.
We are fortunate to live in Galway and to have the Burren within shouting distance. Some 15,000 hectares of a unique landscape that miraculously contain all the major habitats found on this island.
Embracing a fusion of five-star features, Glasson Lakehouse, majestically located in the heart of the Midlands, boasts a ‘wow’ factor which has earned the hotel its status as a ‘must visit’ destination.
"Nothing beats live shows and people responding. I think people have been starved of that real life connection for such a long time. They're relishing the idea of getting back to live music. I'm really enjoying the gigs myself."