Johnny Geraghty ushered in a new era in terms of goalkeeping in the GAA with his agility and spectacular dives a feature of the three-in-row era.

Innocent days when we felt we’d always be beating Kerry

Country Living with Francis Farragher There was a time, believe it or not, when Galway would normally beat Kerry in the All-Ireland championship but alas it’s from a bygone era, that for me evokes, childhood...

Fighting a losing battle against midges and hot tar

Country Living with Francis Farragher Maybe it’s a sign that I’m gradually turning into a grumpy old man but one evening last week at around 9pm as I completed footing a line of turf in...

The Leaving Cert nightmare that refuses to go to sleep

Country Living with Francis Farragher I HAD a dream the other night – no, not the Martin Luther King type – but it’s one  that has recurred fairly regularly since a June day back in...
A bonfire weekend is in store.

Going just a little bit mad to celebrate Midsummer’s Day

Country Living with Francis Farragher The more we try to apply the brakes on the passing of time, the more frenzied and fast-moving its passage seems to be. It really does seem like yesterday when...
THE SUMMER COMETH: Soaking up the sunshine on the banks of the Corrib in the Claddagh Basin against the backdrop of the Long Walk. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A ‘balancing of the books’ as Summer rides into town

Country Living with Francis Farragher It is quite amazing what the impact a good spell of weather can have on the humour of people and especially those who tend to be more in touch with...
A cunning but faithful friend: Bridle, hames, collar, straddle and breeching all in good working order. Note the 'belly band' – a rope near the front of the two shafts – to prevent the cart from ‘heeling up’. This image was found on the net: any further info on the pic ( would be welcome as it’s possibly of West of Ireland origin.

Charlie was no angel but he was part of the family

Country Living with Francis Farragher With the passing of each year, one quicker than the next, the sense of appreciation seems to grow stronger of our summer season of light and especially if we’re blessed...


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