The Temple of Heaven, Beijing: Surely one of the most beautiful buildings on the planet.

Three Irish gems never to be taken for granted

Country Living with Francis Farragher April, is probably the ideal month to visit the Chinese capital of Beijing. At that time, the often extreme sub-continental climate of the region is at its most benign –...

Trick-o-the-loops will always be in our midst

Country Living with Francis Farragher The greatest achievement of any tuppenny-ha'penny columnist since November 9 last is to avoid the mention of the name Donald Trump in any of their outpourings, but already I’ve broken...
Smoke rises from the forest and gorse fire near Seánapheistín. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Cloosh valley fire lifts the lid on our air quality myth

Country Living with Francis Farragher Having no sooner consoled myself about the intrinsic benefits of breathing in clean West of Ireland air as compared to what one experiences in the mega-cities like Beijing, my little...
Fashion at the Galway Races in 1971.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Shocking drowning A shocking drowning tragedy occurred off Salthill, resulting in the death of a young man named Joseph McDermott (aged about 28), whose parents reside at Nun’s Island, Galway. For the past three years,...
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...
Work on revamping Mayoralty House in Galway in July 1977. It was originally built in 1793 for a member of the Daly family which exclusively held the office of mayor from 1776 to 1816. The Dalys owned the house until the late 1840s. It was later used as a police barracks.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Extraordinary evidence Most extraordinary evidence was given at Ballinasloe Petty Sessions on Saturday in the case of Thomas G. Butler against Wm. Hastings, “Western News”, for alleged assault. There was an application to have the...


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