It's unlikely . . .and it might only be a one in a thousand year event . . . but a tsunami could some day hit our western shores.

Fateful day when a Lisbon tsunami reached our shores

Country Living with Francis Farragher Sometimes in the world of newspapers, slightly strange or quirky stories can be left on your plate and a couple of weeks ago when I was asked about the possibility...

Maybe a time for change as our evenings disappear

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s that week of the year when time and clocks tend to take centre stage in terms of trivia debates as we imagine ourselves either losing or gaining an hour...

Resign yourselves to enjoy those pockets of lazy cheer

Country Living with Francis Farragher There are few of us country boys who could field any insult bar that of laziness. Yet, the more I browse through studies about taking things a bit easier, the...
More unsettled weather days seem to be on the way as Callum prepares to roll in.

Hoping that ‘soft landing’ can ease us into Winter

Country Living with Francis Farragher Our soft landing from our beautiful Summer of 2018 into the darker days of Winter has been jolted a little bit this week with the prospect of wetter and windier...
Shades of Autumn as October nudges us all into the darker days.

Trying to avoid the lament as darker days start to call

Country Living with Francis Farragher The arrival of October days normally sends me into a period of temporary lamentation. It’s a month that emits a series of grey and dreary messages that our season of...
An advertisement for the Abbey (Loughrea) carnival c. the early 1960s . . . it was obviously going to be a very big night for the Dixielanders!

An underwhelming debut on the local carnival scene

Country Living with Francis Farragher While glancing through Tom Gilmore’s recently published book about Irish country music legend, Big Tom, it brought back a lot of thoughts of long Summer evenings, when, as solid fourth,...


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