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Strange visions and beliefs in the west of Ireland

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Until recent times there was widespread belief in fairies; both the malignant and the more innocent kind. Many people believed that the fairies would steal away certain children, or an adult, and replace them with a changeling. These beliefs were mostly found in rural communities; and were often an attempt to explain, or to invite compassion or ‘kindness’ for a handicapped child, or someone who was temporarily ‘not themselves.’ The phrases used to describe this transformation are various; but locally included the words ‘touched’, or ‘swept’, or ‘taken’.

City fundraiser to raise funds for Zambian nutrition clinic

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A fundraiser being held in the city at the weekend aims to raise money for a nutrition clinic in Zambia, South Africa.

Former kingpins Athenry in relegation trouble

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Former All Ireland club hurling champions Athenry are currently sailing dangerously close to the wind if they want to remain in the senior ranks.

Debts leads to credit union deception

Financially crippled and struggling to pay off debts, a Loughrea man walked into a credit union pretending to be a relative of his wife and tried to withdraw €6,500, the Galway District Court heard this week.

Winning start for Westport and Ballina

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Both Ballina and Westport got their Connacht Junior league campaigns off to winning starts last Sunday, while Castlebar had to make do with a share of the spoils at home.

Portumna expects a tight game in Sunday’s hurling final

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When people think of the Portumna hurling captain, they almost automatically associate that honour with Ollie Canning.

 

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