Resolving to never again get involved with ‘NYRs’

Country Living with Francis Farragher By now, you should have survived the various traumas of Christmas and the New Year; you should have paid up your gym membership; re-joined Weight Watchers and taken various vows...

A heartfelt appeal to Santa for just one more stopover

Country Living with Francis Farragher Dear Santa, “It seems to be no time at all since I was writing to you and yet when I checked my old diaries, I now realise that we haven’t been...

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...
The Winter woollies could be needed for a few days to come.

In the end, it’ll turn out to be a typically average Irish year

Country Living with Francis Farragher We’re all familiar with the line of ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’, and now with 11 months and a bit of the year having expired, most observers of the great...
“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...

Be very careful what you order this festive season

Country Living with Francis Farragher NO one should ever have to work or socialise in an environment where there is any element of harassment – and that’s probably a ‘given’ among all reasonable minded people...


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