Studying the form: Two 'steady' punters take it all in. A lovely shot from the Galway Races back in the 1980s. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A week when sensible souls lose their marbles and lucre

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s been going on for the past 148 years at Ballybrit – since August 17, 1869 – and while horses are sent out to run and jump, the Galway Races...
The lure is still the same . . . The late Seán Purcell leads Galway in the parade before their 1959 All-Ireland final encounter with Kerry in front of a packed Croke Park. (Photo from Galway GAA website. 1956 Photographs courtesy Sean Keeley).

Mecca beckons for pilgrims whose dreams never die

Country Living with Francis Farragher At this stage, it’s seems more like a kind of pilgrimage . . . another trip along the road and this time to the county of William Butler Yeats and...

Trying to avoid the world of sweaty gyms and hard jogs

Country Living with Francis Farragher It’s quite amazing how an occasional bit of back trouble can focus the mind and make you appreciate greatly how it feels when all the simple and normal and physical...

Only dentist’s chair can stall the march of time

Country Living with Francis Farragher The other morning while sitting on the dentist’s chair – a position of real fear for any male with even the strongest of resolve – the conversation turned to the...
Sleep: Never, ever to be taken for granted.

Sandman delivers a lighter sprinkling during Summer

Country Living with Francis Farragher Sleep is a concept that has always fascinated me whether it be the outlandishly bizarre situations I find myself in during my dream periods or the difference between having a...
End of an era as the railway bridge at Ballyglunin is about to be removed as part of the N63 road improvement works.

End of an era as bridge at Ballyglunin leaves the track

Country Living with Francis Farragher Everything and everyone moves on, and there’s always a certain inevitability about the progress of roads and infrastructure, but yet there were many little emotional ripples last Saturday morning close...


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