Conflicting emotions on the season of Christmas

Is there a person out there who hasn’t conflicting views about Christmas? On one hand, you have the hard sell, the commercialisation that begins as soon as Halloween is over – down with the...

Just cold comfort for those who fell through the cracks

A Different View with Dave O’Connell A woman stopped traffic on the road outside the hospital as she dragged her bedding to the other side to make a nest for herself for the night in...
Oranmore native and RTE Chief News Editor Ray Burke (third left) presents copies of his two books – Press Delete, the history of the Irish Press, and Joyce County, the story of the places around Galway associated with James Joyce and Nora Barnacle – to President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, joined by Ray’s brother Charles (Oranmore), wife Marian, son Cathal, son Chris, sister Gabrielle and brother Gerard (Oranmore).

How money can signify the stages of your life

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Money has many manifestations; it's the root of all evil and it can't buy you love but it still manages to make the world go round and Dire Straits...
Galway native, Senator Billy Lawless, was among the honourees at the Irish Echo’s eighth annual Golden Bridges Conference in Boston, where he accepted his award from Anna Ní Ghallchóir, Chairperson of Údarás na Gaeltachta, one of the sponsors of the awards which were also attended by Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh and the Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh.

Stark reality of ageing process is in the jeans

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Apparently, some international survey decided that the maximum age for a man wearing jeans is 53 – which gives me almost exactly a year to break the habit. Beyond the...
The Treacy sisters from Galway (from left) Isabella (5), Samantha (8) and Annaliese (6) getting their letters to Santa ready for post early this year at the launch of this year’s Croi Christmas Card Collection. The Cards, which include seasonal images of Galway donated by Loughrea photographer Joe Crean, are available in packs of twelve and retail at just €6.99 per pack. There are beautiful winter scenes from Tuam and Gort, Co Galway together with a night scene of Quay Street and other Christmas images including a classical Madonna & Child. Croi Cards are available from usual outlets throughout Galway City and County; from the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway or on-line at

An early browse through the books for Christmas!

A Different View with Dave O’Connell It may have gone under the radar for all bar bookstore owners and bookworms but it’s now almost a month since the world marked Super Thursday – the day...
Kate Gallagher, Josie Deeley, Sarah, Marella and Brian Gallagher with the County Minor A camogie cup after Sarsfields’ victory over Oranmore/Maree last Sunday.

Government finally finds the path to economic bliss

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Clearly – after the guards and the teachers have been given their increased slice of the national cake – there won’t be anything like enough left to feed the...


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