The major weather event of October, 2017, was on Monday the 16th, when ex-hurricane Ophelia hit our shores. JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY caught some of the action on the Prom, Salthill, that afternoon as these brave souls made a dash for it through the flooded street by the sea.

Learning to live with our October-coloured weather

Country Living with Francis Farragher In his poem Memory of My Father, Patrick Kavanagh refers to the term of ‘October coloured weather’ and this was certainly the impression that our tenth month of 2017 left...

A world where most things are not just black and white

Country Living with Francis Farragher DO you ever get the feeling that the closer you look at something the more unclear it gets, or the more that someone tells you an issue is black and...

In bother with ‘C’ word before October draws its last breath

Country Living with Francis Farragher I have to admit to being in a state of denial for at least the past two weeks. The inevitable will happen . . . it always does . ....
Boats bumping about in the water at the Claddagh, Galway, with the Long Walk in the background during Ophelia's tenure in the West on Monday last. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

The strange allurement of great weather events

Country Living with Francis Farragher There was an erudite solicitor, called Jim Hession who, back in my Tuam Herald days that I used give an odd lift to back from Headford Court (with an odd...

Living with the ignominy of anonymity on social media

Country Living with Francis Farragher Technically, I am on Facebook and Twitter, but I can never seem to quite motivate myself to tell all my virtual friends that my dog has overeaten today; that 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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