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'Somebody is enjoying putting obstacles in my way'

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"Man plans, God laughs" is an old Yiddish proverb, the equivalent of "the best laid plans can come undone", but who undoes them? Does the fault lie with the person making the plans or does God, fate, or some predetermined outcome decide that sometimes, things just will not go your way.

Kilmeena performers bringing dark comedy to stage

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Kilmeena Drama Group’s rehearsals for The Lonesome West are in full swing.

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Annual Collection Day for Croí

Mayo God Help Us - The story of the Mayo football team and the 'curse'

Last year when Mayo met Donegal in the 2012 All Ireland football final, hopes were once again raised throughout the county. Mayo people around the world also held their breath, barely daring to believe that they could bring the Sam Maguire Cup home after a gap of over 60 years. Two goals and a point for Donegal in the first 12 minutes put paid to those hopes. In pubs all over the county ‘Mayo, God help us’ was uttered. There were mutterings that the 'curse' had once again dashed Mayo’s hopes.

Golf classic raises €8,000 for Fr PJ’s mission

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Over € 8,000 has been raised in the Athlone area through a golf classic and raffle at Mount Temple Golf Club to help local priest Fr PJ Hughes in his missionary work in Equador. Over 30 teams played and the raffle was supported by people throughout the Midlands.

Tricksters, undemonstrative fathers, and other stories...

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I wonder would the following story still happen in Galway today. It happened in more innocent times, in the early 1960s. A very upper class gentleman, Major Woodfall Murphy, rented Bermingham House, the great 18th century pile once owned by the barons of Athenry, on the outskirts of Tuam. The genuinely snobby Lady Molly Cusack Smith, who owned the pile, was only too glad with the promised extra lolly. To the outsider it all felt hunky-dory: One snob helping another.

American doctor dies at base of Reek

A gynaecologist in his forties who was based in Chicago died as he began climbing Croagh Patrick on Tuesday. Dr Thomas Connolly, who was accompanied with his wife, Dr Kim Connolly, and a number of others, collapsed and died at the statue of St Patrick as he started his ascent around midday.

Loughrea man jailed for sexual assault of nurse in city

A Loughrea man who violently sexually assaulted a nurse in a laneway causing her severe head injuries has received a 10-year prison sentence, with three years suspended, and the sentence backdated almost two years to the date of the man’s arrest.

The day war came to Galway

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On Monday morning September 4 1939, the Galway harbour master Capt T Tierney was listening to a radio message from the Norwegian freighter Knute Nelson to say that it was steaming to Galway with 430 survivors from the Athenia, which was sunk by torpedo 250 miles north-west of Inishtrahull Island, off the Donegal coast. There were injuries among the survivors. Many were distressed and suffering from hypothermia. It requested urgent assistance.

Shooting the Breeze with... Andrea Pope - West End performer and singer

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When we think of the Caribbean, the predominant image is of a mixed race people, descended from mostly African slaves, Spanish settlers, and French and English adventures. However the Irish are also a significant, but mostly overlooked, part of that rich ethnic mix.

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