Michael Mackey with the award he won for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Galway Simon after it helped him turn his life around. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Michael on top of world after years on streets

City Lives -  Denise McNamara meets Michael Mackey, award-winning Simon Community volunteer When asked what age he is, Michael Mackey’s response is simple: “I’m 61 and the happiest man in the world.” The sheer glee in...
Carl Hession: 'I need a routine, otherwise I wouldn’t be as productive.' PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Magical musician Carl is happy to shun limelight

City Lives - Denise McNamara meets Carl Hession, composer, musician and retired teacher Although he has spent his life’s work teaching young people to play music, Carl Hession’s first experience with a music teacher was...
"Winning the bid is not based on what we have done but what we can do and intend doing in the future to promote film." Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Declan puts Galway in picture for film award

City Lives - Bernie Ní Fhlatharta meets Declan Gibbons, manager of the Galway Film Centre There’s a thriving film and television industry in the city — so much so that the city has put in a...
Kettlebells come in a range of weights, which allows people to build up their fitness over time.

Sarah gets exercised about staying healthy

City Lives - Bernie Ní Fhlatharta meets Sarah Smith, sports coach and an advocate of living well Many people will use the next few weeks as a last ditch effort to lose a few pounds...
'The beauty of a woman is a blessing from God. But it is unfortunate that most women do not stay with one man . . . thereby commercialising their beauties,' writes Pastor Larry in his latest book.

Pastor Larry’s dream of clean souls and homes

City Lives -  Denise McNamara meets Pastor Larry Ovie of the Faith Christian Fellowship Ministry Pastor Larry Ovie has been at the forefront of a number of tragedies in the African community in recent years,...
Ollie Daniels: 'I am an extrovert and I like my theatrical side. I loved Eamon Kelly (the seanchaí) when I was a child, and listening to yarns . . . and I love poetry.' PHOTO: AENGUS McMAHON.

Multi-talented Ollie has new vision for the West

City Lives - Bernie Ní Fhlatharta meets Ollie Daniels, CEO at Insight Centre for Data Analytics Ollie Daniels mightn’t have followed his father into the tailoring trade but he still recalls – and often uses...


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