Shir Madness: "On stage, someone can be saying ‘I am sexy. Look at my body, it is here and it is good’. People like that,” she says.

Sexy, erotic, risqué and fun

Lifestyle - The Galway Burlesque Festival has attracted acts from Australia, Japan, Norway, France and the UK. And, as Judy Murphy finds out, the majority of audiences will be women Being a burlesque performer sounds...
A far cry from the wet April predicted by Ken Ring as a parched Connemara earth burns at Clloosh Valley after the April drought. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Meeting a man who’s lost faith in ‘the Ring forecasts’

Country Living with Francis Farragher Last week, while buying some provisions in the local store, I was confronted (well in a nice kind of way) by a fellow customer, who had taken my advice in...
Reverend Peadar Moran, Monivea, with members of his family after his ordination at St Patrick’s College, Carlow, on Saturday, June 12, 1965. Fr Moran, the youngest of 14 children, was educated at St Joseph’s College, Galway, before going to Carlow. Front row, from left: Michael, Sister Gaudentia, Mr Moran, Rev Peadar Moran, Mrs Moran, Sister Maurice. Second row, from left: Fr Michael (Los Angeles), George, Deirdre, Joseph and Fr Frank (Los Angeles). Back row, from left: William, Eileen, May and Patrick.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Drowned in quarry The body of Thomas Feene, a farmer, aged 28, residing in Shantalla, was found drowned in a quarry hole a quarter-of-a-mile from his residence, at 10 o’clock on Friday night. The circumstances under...
The original statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire in Eyre Square in the 1980s prior to having its head removed by vandals in 1995. The repaired original is now in Galway Museum but a bronze replica is shortly to be installed at Eyre Square.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 No rear lamp At Athenry Petty Sessions, James Ward, a chauffeur in the employment of Mr. Higgins, Athenry, was charged with driving a motor car at 11 o’clock at night without having a light to...
Don with Philomena Lee, whose story inspired the book and film Philomena. She had given birth in Sean Ross, the mother-and-baby hoome in Roscrea from where Don was adopted.

Fate lends a hand in Don’s quest for his birth-mother

Lifestyle - Singer-songwriter Don Stiffe tells Judy Murphy about the obstacles he faced seeking the truth about his birth Award-winning singer-songwriter Don Stiffe, who has a thriving solo career as well as performing with Sharon...
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...


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