A heartfelt appeal to Santa for just one more stopover

Country Living with Francis Farragher Dear Santa, “It seems to be no time at all since I was writing to you and yet when I checked my old diaries, I now realise that we haven’t been...
The choppers fill the skies at Ballybrit Racecourse in August, 2003, during the build-up to the peak of 'The Tiger Era'. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

‘Mutual confidence’ returns as Tiger Cub starts to prowl

Country Living with Francis Farragher Happiness and riches don’t always go hand-in-hand but to quote an old saying I heard from my late father: “Money mightn’t be everything but it does help you to enjoy...
'Horrible Harvey' leaves a trail of destruction in one of the many scenes of devastation from Rockport, Texas.

Plain Jane was a far more welcome guest than Harvey

Country Living with Francis Farragher We’ve now officially slipped quite seamlessly into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with our climatological summer ending on the last day of August. The summer of 2017 has...
Some of the cast of a production of The Sound of Music in Loughrea in November 1970.

Galway In Days Gone By

1916 Days of Terror For the country folk, cut off from all communications, these were days and nights of terror during the Rising. The Red Flag of Rumour was waved from hill to hill, and at...

Magic Days as Jack Lukeman returns for city show

Jack L bring his distinctive voice to Róisín Dubh on Friday next, August 25.  Since he made his debut with The Black Romantics in 1995, Jack Lukeman has  gone to forge a solo career...

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...


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