Galway native, Senator Billy Lawless, was among the honourees at the Irish Echo’s eighth annual Golden Bridges Conference in Boston, where he accepted his award from Anna Ní Ghallchóir, Chairperson of Údarás na Gaeltachta, one of the sponsors of the awards which were also attended by Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh and the Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh.

Stark reality of ageing process is in the jeans

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Apparently, some international survey decided that the maximum age for a man wearing jeans is 53 – which gives me almost exactly a year to break the habit. Beyond the...
The Treacy sisters from Galway (from left) Isabella (5), Samantha (8) and Annaliese (6) getting their letters to Santa ready for post early this year at the launch of this year’s Croi Christmas Card Collection. The Cards, which include seasonal images of Galway donated by Loughrea photographer Joe Crean, are available in packs of twelve and retail at just €6.99 per pack. There are beautiful winter scenes from Tuam and Gort, Co Galway together with a night scene of Quay Street and other Christmas images including a classical Madonna & Child. Croi Cards are available from usual outlets throughout Galway City and County; from the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway or on-line at

An early browse through the books for Christmas!

A Different View with Dave O’Connell It may have gone under the radar for all bar bookstore owners and bookworms but it’s now almost a month since the world marked Super Thursday – the day...
Kate Gallagher, Josie Deeley, Sarah, Marella and Brian Gallagher with the County Minor A camogie cup after Sarsfields’ victory over Oranmore/Maree last Sunday.

Government finally finds the path to economic bliss

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Clearly – after the guards and the teachers have been given their increased slice of the national cake – there won’t be anything like enough left to feed the...

Curtains for demon drink on supermarket shelves

A Different View with Dave O’Connell The nanny state is alive and well, clearly determined to show that the citizens are utterly incapable of even the remotest modicum of self-discipline. How else could you explain the...
A Night of Ceili Dance and Craic in aid of the Galway Parkinsons Association will be held in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry, from 8.30pm this Saturday night. Music on the night will be provided by Loughrea Comhaltas, accompanied by singers and dancers. Pictured at the launch of the event were members of the Galway Parkinsons Association with some of the musicians who will be performing (from left): Jimmy Dillon, Myra Coen, Des Coen, Michael Fahy, Oisin Nevin of the Raheen Woods Hotel, Ned Waldron, John Fahy, Marie Cahill, Pat Greene and Noreen Coen.

Navigating through the minefield of interviews

A Different View with Dave O’Connell What would you say is your greatest weakness?’ – it’s the question that every interviewee dreads and no boss should really dare to ask. Because there’s no right answer...
Eve Cassidy (second left) with her sister Saoirse and Anne Feeney from Glenamaddy – joined by Prof Tom Cosgrove of UL’s School of Engineering – after she received a cheque for €4,000 from engineering firm Arup under a new scholarship and awards programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.

Trump’s world view is real reason to worry

A Different View with Dave O’Connell You won’t find too many to argue with the assertion that Donald Trump is a misogynistic moron with sexist, racist and fascist traits to boot. His comments on women and...


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