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The Athlone Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) are looking forward to being one of the focus charities this weekend in the ambitious Arcadia 5kfor50k fundraising event.
More than 300 people have had to go onto Rent Supplement in Galway since March, when the Covid-19 lockdown came into effect - one of the highest rates in the entire State.
Since lockdown was lifted I’ve been travelling along the highways and byways on my way to clients’ gardens, and the wildflowers along the roadside verges never fail to take my breath away. In a ‘normal’ year, they are as much a marker of the seasons as the leaves on the trees, from wild primroses in April, to cow parsley and foxgloves in May, and the hundreds of nodding heads of the dog daisies in June. How precious they seem this year, when travel restrictions kept us confined, apart from daily walks, to whatever we had growing in our own gardens! There are still more to look forward to as summer unfolds, especially here in the Burren lowlands, with sky-blue scabious, aromatic wild marjoram and many others still waiting to flower, before the multitude of golden grass seed heads takes over in late summer.
Athlone natives, Ray and Kathryn Murphy, both now resident in Boston, with their children Kaylah, Sarah and Rian, spoke to the Athlone Advertiser this week, noting the impact of COVID-19 on their daily lives as the global pandemic remains a continuous health concern on a global scale.
IN THIS poem from my 2005 debut collection, The Boy With No Face, I take a comic look at my mostly unsuccessful attempts at wooing a person of the opposite gender in night clubs such as The Oasis in Salthill.
THIS IS the title poem from my most recent poetry collection, published by Salmon last summer. It was inspired by my visits to the Infusion Unit at Merlin Park Hospital, where I am a regular.
Before Ireland ever entered into lockdown on March 27, Dr Conor Hogan saw the warning signs to people’s mental health, for businesses and normal life, as we knew it then back then, in general.
I WROTE this poem in 2014 after the English poet Helen Mort, who, as well as being an excellent poet, is an accomplished cross country runner, asked me: "And do you run?"
We might be used of Hector, Ireland’s most famous intrepid traveller taking us to far flung lands all over the world but now like the rest of us he is in lockdown.
As we come to the end of week nine of lockdown, many of us are now firmly into the swing of our new routines. Routine is important to get us through tough periods like we are experiencing now, however, it is not the worst thing in the world to tweak your schedule to keep your mind fresh.