The cupla focal from 'Herself' that softened a nation!

‘Cupla focal’ of old lady that helped heal years of hatred

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s not that long ago when an Irish soccer audience watching an English soccer team playing a World Cup match would be pretty united in terms of their support for...
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...


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