Let the sea be a symbol of our openness

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

For too long we have looked away from the sea, been blind to its potential, to its possibilities. Even when JFK mentioned going to the Claddagh and seeing the O’Flahertys working on the docks in Boston on that clear day, we put it away with our misty-eyed memories and never gave it another thought.

But the sea, our sea, our ocean, laps right up to our coast here in this city. In times past, it brought many colourful and mysterious people to our shores, merchants, sailors, travellers. They brought with them ideas, and cultures and ways of living, that over the centuries went on to make Galway and its people a place and kind of its own. And to be fair, this difference has been maintained in the city and it is a difference that we try to implement.

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Fantasy Football round nine preview

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

So the second international break has concluded and for Mick McCarthy and Ireland fans, it was one to forget. A drab 0-0 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday was followed up by a meek 2-0 defeat in Geneva to Switzerland on Tuesday night.

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Minding the heart of our community

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Next week, an honour is being bestowed on Galway city — when the country’s top cardiologists will attend the opening of the Irish Cardiac Society’s 70th annual meeting. The event will mark 70 years of the society and its role in bringing together the best minds in the field of cardiac care.

However, the fact that this landmark event is being held here in the west is also a tribute to the great steps that have been taken to ensure that we benefit from the highest standard of heart and stroke treatment — and for that we thank Croi.

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Fantasy Football review

Wed, Oct 09, 2019

Round eight of the Premier League ended with another disastrous defeat for Man United as they went down 1-0 down to struggling Newcastle. Elsewhere Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent record with a dramatic stoppage time winner against high flying Leicester, Man City succumbed 2-0 at home to dogged Wolves, and Spurs struggles continued with a 3-0 thumping at Brighton.

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Our disused buildings can change our communities

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

One of the most important but underrated festivals that populates our calendar here in the west is Architecture at the Edge. When it first came about, one friend said to me “oh good, another chance to see into people’s houses, to see how the other half lives, to see how the other half builds.”

Since then the prurient aspect of enjoying architecture when it is someone else’s house has been diluted somewhat by the Sunday night gorgefest when we see Dermot Bannon take someone’s rundown shack and turn it into a condo.

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Fantasy Football round eight preview

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

Round seven of the Premier League drew to a close on Monday night as Arsenal and Man United battled out a 1-1 draw in Manchester. The previous two days' action saw Liverpool maintain their perfect start to the campaign, with Leicester maintaining their great beginning to the term by putting five past a hapless Newcastle side.

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Let us never take Cancer Care West for granted

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Sometimes in society, what we cannot see are the most important things; the groups and people we take for granted. That what lies in front of us is hidden, until it is most needed. And then like a genie hiding behind a bush, it leaps out and supports you, and takes your hand at the very time you need your hand taken.

For those who receive a diagnosis, they are suddenly sailing along and then bang, they are a vulnerable piece of mass; their life in the care of others. And all the pretence there is about how great we are just melts away into a mush. And then everything is flipped on its head, because what used to matter doesn’t matter anymore. And what used not matter, now matters very much.

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Fantasy Football round seven preview

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Although some minds may be trained on what is happening in the Far East, at Advertiser Towers we are concentrating on what is happening across the Irish Sea as the Premier League moves into its seventh round of matches, and we know that you want to know our top three in the Advertiser Tribal League in association with Monroe's Tavern.

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Never before have we so needed the concept of meitheal

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

It has been a difficult week. A week in which tensions have been allowed to fester. Locally and globally, listening to the news has not been pleasant.

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Galway lit up sport last Sunday — now let’s do it again

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

When we look back on last Sunday, not from the vantage point of a few days retrospection, but in a year, or five, we will realise the significance of that victory.

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Fantasy Football round five preview

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

So the first international break has concluded and for Mick McCarthy and Ireland fans it was a quietly satisfying one as the Boys in Green maintained top spot in Group D with a hard earned point against Switzerland.

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Let’s engulf camogie stars in a sea of maroon

Thu, Sep 05, 2019

Every time in this wet late summer, when the skies opened and the heavens poured down upon us with a level of unprecedented ferocity, what followed brought a silver lining. Every soaking was followed by a drying; every flu was followed by sunburn. Every soaking cloud followed by the most blue of skies.

And in some sense, this has been the fashion of the Galway GAA summer — there have been moments when it felt like it permanently lashed this sporting summer, right from the moment Kilkenny and Wexford drew on that fateful evening; right from that night in Limerick when Mayo got revenge for the “batings” of recent years; right from the moment we lost the manager of not just one senior team, but two.

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Fantasy Football review

Tue, Sep 03, 2019

Round four of the Premier League ended with a bang as Arsenal and Spurs shared the spoils at the Emirates Stadium after an eventful 2-2 draw. Elsewhere Chelsea blew a two goal lead against league new boys Sheffield United, Liverpool kept up their 100 per cent with 3-0 thumping of Burnley at Turf Moor, and Watford finally got the points column ticking with a 1-1 draw up in Tyneside against Newcastle.

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Take your chance to shape our city centre

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Cities should never be judged by their girth, by the amount of time it takes to cross from one suburb to another. They should not be judged by vast motorways going through their hearts or by the numbers who pound the pavements getting to and fro.

Instead, cities should be judged by the width of their vision; of the tallness of their dreams; of the extent of their capacity to be moulded to suit the needs of those who use them; Cities should be places that bring out the best in people; that channel their flow in ways that encourage only the best interaction.

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Fantasy Football round four preview

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Three rounds done and dusted and it is only Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool that still maintains a 100 per cent record in the Premier League after a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening.

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A man who delivered contentment

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

The power to bring contentment to so many people is a gift bestowed on but a few. Most of us live lives where even our most heartfelt endeavours reach out to but a few. However in that, they are no less valuable than those who effect so many.

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Marketing Ireland’s Global Economy

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Gambling Site Challenges

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Fantasy Football round three preview

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Week two of the Premier League is over and it seems the big boys might not have it all their own way this season.

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Bedrooms remain a shrine to the lost children

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

It’s the empty beds that will hurt the most.

You pass by them and you hope that once again they will be filled, that there will be a shape under the duvet, a shock of darkness on the pillow. A shape that doesn’t move in the morning time when it is time for school.

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