Siobhán Avrillier of Labouche Restaurant with Steve Dolan of Portumna Workhouse at the Taste of Portumna Food & Biodiversity Festival held at the Portumna Workhouse. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Feast of food in Famine’s workhouse of last resort

Lifestyle - Judy Murphy visited Taste of Portumna where the array of food on view was in stark contrast to the area’s sad history The array of food and drink on display within the walls...
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...
The Sauce Guy Jamie Peaker with his products ready for display at McCambridges in Shop Street, Galway. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Taste of success

Lifestyle - High-flying chef Jamie Peaker has made Galway his home and turned his passion for sauces into a thriving new business. Dearbhla Geraghty hears his story. From a high-flying lifestyle in London, where cooking...

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 . ....
In full voice: at the Aeríocht in Rosmuc in 1967.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Galway Races protest At the meeting of the Galway Urban Council on Thursday, Mr. M.T. Donnellan, presiding. Mr. M.J. Crowley referred to the stoppage of racing in Ireland, and said there was every danger that...
The 1983 Referendum: A bitter and divisive campaign with many street protests and demonstrations from both sides of the debate. Photo: Courtesy Irish Times.

Only a thin line separates key life and death issues

Country Living with Francis Farragher I’ll admit to being in a bit of a quandary about our forthcoming referendum on the abortion issue and I suspect too that there are a lot more people like...


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