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Athlone’s sporting prowess will be to the fore on the world stage following the landmark inclusion of former Buccaneers players, Robbie Henshaw and Jack Carty in the Ireland rugby squad prior to the start of the World Cup in Japan on Friday, September 20.
On Sunday 8th September, Brown Thomas Galway will launch the exciting new Autumn Winter 2019 collections with a fashion show luncheon in partnership with charities Croí, National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Rosabel’s Rooms. The event will take place in the beautiful five-star surroundings of Glenlo Abbey to raise vital funds for these charities.
I suppose the hurling final was the event of the weekend. But the result was disappointing, in that the gap between Kilkenny and Tipperary was 14 points, which did not indicate a very close game. Nonetheless, it is always exciting to see hurling played at a very high level, which this was, and the prowess and skill of the combatants on each team was not in doubt.
After an unprecented sell-out album launch in Westport last year, Galway-based folk band, The Whileaways, will take to the stage at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, August 24, for an intimate acoustic gig.
We had marvellous hurling matches on Saturday and Sunday and it was great. They were on RTÉ both days which meant I didn’t have to go out to visit to see either of them, but could sit in my chair in my own home and revel in the sport of it.
Well, for once the weather in Ireland performed exactly as required.
I hope you all had a good weekend. What was I up to? Well, I spent my weekend in Moate. Now I know in this column I often talk about the various places I have been to, so that is why I’m telling you I went to the Westmeath election count in Moate. I went on Saturday night, and we waited, and we waited, and we waited, in vain, for the votes to arrive over from Athlone Institute of Technology, which had divided all the votes into local, European, and divorce referendum and was dispatching them to the various places. But the Westmeath votes failed to arrive, and having waited from around 4pm I came home around 7pm and vowed I would go the next day.
RTE’s decision to exclude nine of the 17 candidates seeking election in the Midlands North West constituency from its televised debate is absolutely absurd and demonstrates the need to abolish the TV licence, EU election candidate, and former Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has said.
Here we were last week, extolling the marvellous spring weather, birds singing, sun shining, everyone in good humour, and this week, as I compile this column, snow is actually falling outside. Now, of course it’s dissolving into rain as it hits the ground, but imagine, such changes in temperature. Last week one day it was 17.5 degrees when I was out in the car, and today, in the same car going to the same place, it is 4.5 degrees. If it’s variety you want in your weather, we’ve got it in here in Ireland in spades. I expect that this harsh weather will not last for long, at least I hope it won’t. But what a contrast! The old wives tale says ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’, and it seems those wise saws were right.