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The Royal Theatre is really out to treat you this Christmas, hosting a magical array of Concerts, shows and New Year fun, beginning with The Coronas on St Stephen’s Night, supported by two fantastic up and coming rock bands, 21 Outs from Ballina, and The Kanyu Tree from Galway.
While it may not admit it, it is hard to imagine the EU not having a Plan B if the unthinkable - or rather not as unthinkable as it was six months ago - happens and the euro ceases to be.
Mayo presidential candidate Mary Davis formally launched her bid for the Áras this week after receiving more than the necessary backing of four county councils, including Mayo, and will seek to repair Ireland’s international reputation and restore national pride if elected.
The anarchist group, the Workers Solidarity Movement, has formed a Galway branch, marking the first official presence of the group in the city.
A number of consultants at University Hospital Galway have sought an urgent meeting with Government politicians in the wake of the resignation of colorectal surgeon Mr Myles Joyce last week over the hospital’s failure to provide him with adequate theatre time.
The Carer’s Association is the national voluntary body suporting family carers, who give high quality care at home, to loved ones who are elderly, frail, seriously ill, people with disabilities and children with special needs.
ONE OF our most esteemed political commentators, Fintan O’Toole, is appearing at the Town Hall Theatre next week in a reading/discussion centred around his provocative new book Enough Is Enough; How to Build a New Republic.
“What if the IMF comes in?” You’ll hear that spoken with trepidation everywhere you go. The fact is the IMF is in – with the EU – and is producing next month’s budget that will make you and me pay for the crisis.
During the first three decades of the 19th century the parish priest of Blarney (north of Cork city) was the affable Fr Mat Horgan. He was the epitome of the traditional scholar-priest. He was a poet and antiquarian, a supporter of Cork university, an advocate for social reform, his hero was Daniel O’Connell, and he spoke Latin and Irish effortlessly. He lived at Ballygibbon (later named Waterloo after a bridge was built there in the month of the famous battle), and built a model of an ancient Round Tower, which can still be seen from the old Limerick to Cork road. But Fr Mat’s great gift was his love and generosity for bringing people of all classes together for dinners, parties and celebrations in a huge barn adjoining his home.
Time has a habit of dulling the images of the past. Remembering the people we love, trying to recall their faces takes a second or so longer as each year goes by, the pictures blur, the sharpness becomes fuzzy; try as we might, the tide of memory ebbs and flows and slowly goes out to the horizons of the mind.