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“WE WANT to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as The Smiths, and as uplifting as Mr Smith Goes to Washington.” So said The Blossoms who play Galway next week.
A Galway human rights lawyer living in the USA involved in one of the cases being taken over the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump has said the country could be facing months of uncertainty, and that it was clear that the administration had ‘no concept’ of the difficulties it would cause.
“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” - William Henry Davies
First things first: Trump’s election was greeted by wild rumours in Galway that all the US multinationals would be forced by the new president to re-locate to North America. This did not happen under Obama, as was initially feared, and it will not happen under Trump.
The festive period is behind us and already people’s thoughts are turning to what the political year ahead will bring, and already we have drama in the North and the usual post-Christmas crisis in the hospitals.
Hello to all the Advertiser readers. As I am writing this, in the very early hours of Wednesday morning, it looks like Trump is in the White House. Students are back in school, and Ireland is king of the rugby world. Now, how is all that for a starter paragraph to my usually placid weekly column?
General Robert E Lee’s surrender to the the Union army at Appomattox court house on the morning of April 9 1865, brought the four year Civil War to a close.
The American Civil War (1861-1865) offered rich pickings to qualified seamen and shipowners looking for quick profits. The Union blockade of southern ports was beginning to have an effect on Confederate trade. But any ship which steamed safely through the blockade could command high prices for its cargo. On the homeward journey, if you were lucky, large profits could be made on a cargo of cotton which was in big demand in Britain.
“WE WANT to be as mainstream as Will Smith, as great as The Smiths, and as uplifting as Mr Smith Goes to Washington.” So said The Blossoms who have just announced a Galway concert for 2017.
What makes a special forces operator turn peace campaigner? That will be one of the main questions answered at a public meeting tomorrow at 8pm, by Ben Griffin, a former SAS member, who, after serving three months in Iraq, refused to return to combat in Baghdad.