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 (frank@ctribune.ie) 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...
Sean Nós dancer Emma O'Sullivan: One of the real Summer treats in the heart of Galway city . . . to be 'banned' by the local Council from next year.

Glimpses of happiness should be nurtured and not knocked

Country Living with Francis Farragher There are times that we might bemoan slightly the fact that our place of employment is in the city centre, given the traffic woes that Galway has experienced over the...
The Valentia Met Éireann station in Co. Kerry. Photo: Courtesty Met Éireann.

Valentia: not the place to be for an April camping holiday

Country Living with Francis Farragher MAY Day arrived with something of a vengeance last week, as if to remind us that we weren’t finished just quite yet as regards our weather woes.  Being inside for...
Eighth: An issue affecting the health and lives of women and all children.

Let reason, not anger, be the guiding light on ‘The Eighth’

Country Living with Francis Farragher THERE is a serious inclination to switch radio channels when the next item flagged for discussion is the Eighth Amendment but the other evening as I travelled out from the...

Be wary when moving to places of very low morals

Country Living with Francis Farragher A colleague of mine who has sampled both country and city life over the years sent me on a link last week highlighting the plight of a Lancashire farmer in...

A time maybe when it’s not so bad to be a Doubting Thomas

Country Living with Francis Farragher Technically, I am on Facebook and I do have a Twitter account, but they’ve been slumbering for a long time in the depths of electronic cloud layers without being disturbed,...


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