February: the month for new life.

Falling in love again with an old favourite

Country Living with Francis Farragher The weather might have taken a turn for the worse but there’s always something very special about the first day of February. At last, our sunrises have slipped back to...
“O commemorate me with no hero-courageous Tomb - just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.” (From the Paddy Kavanagh poem: Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin).

A man whose words were his wealth and eternal legacy

Country Living with Francis Farragher Afew years back, I had a conversation with former TD, Paul Connaughton Senior, which took its usual ramble through various diversions. We started to talk about Patrick Kavanagh and his...

Tips to avoid seafóid talk and morning-after blues

Country Living with Francis Farragher Here we are on the cusp of another Christmas party season and with each passing year my resolve strengthens not to endure even one hangover over the festive season. It’s...
Sleep: Never, ever to be taken for granted.

Sandman delivers a lighter sprinkling during Summer

Country Living with Francis Farragher Sleep is a concept that has always fascinated me whether it be the outlandishly bizarre situations I find myself in during my dream periods or the difference between having a...
Brendan Behan: his image didn't do justice to his writings.

A typical ‘Paddy’ with drink and writing woes

Country Living with Francis Farragher One morning last week as I listened to Marty Whelan on the way to work he played a rare song from Brendan Behan about St. Kevin of Glendalough and the...
The Galway version of 'Spaghetti Junction where the intersection of the M6 and the M17/M18 takes place.

Coming to terms with a motorway drive to Tuam

Country Living with Francis Farragher There was something vaguely ‘not right’ about a journey I made last Thursday night, following another vain attempt to replicate the strokes of Michael Phelps at the Tuam Swimming Pool....


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