Galway Neighbourhood looking to lessen impact on planet with reducing single use plastic use!

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Galways westend launches own plant based reusable bottle!

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Time for us to pass judgment on the Ireland that we all want

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

And so it is. Just like the two buses coming along at once, our long awaited General Election comes along on the same day as our long awaited opening of Galway 2020, immediately knocking it off the front pages of the media, diverting it away from the eyes of the nation, like a bridesmaid winning the Euromillions on the day of your wedding. They just had to go and spoil it for us, didn’t they, without even a sideways glance at what else might have been in the diary.

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Fantasy Football round 23 preview

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

So we are halfway through January and it looks all over bar the shouting as Liverpool extended their enormous lead at the top to 14 points with a hard fought 1-0 success over Spurs in north London. Elsewhere Watford's great escape continues to gather momentum as they defeated fellow strugglers Bournemouth 3-0 on Sunday to climb at of the relegation zone for the first time this season; Man City annihilated Aston Villa 6-1; and Southampton exacted revenge for their 9-0 hammering in October, inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Leicester to all but kill off The Foxes' faint title hopes.

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Just waiting for that grand stretch in the evening

Thu, Jan 09, 2020

There is, I’m telling ya. I felt it in me waters. Just a small one mind ya, not anything outrageous. But it’s there nonetheless, that stretch in the evening. Ok, it’s not so grand yet, but there’s definitely a minute or so more of sunset now than we had last week, and ‘twas so dark the other morning, I didn’t know where I was going to work or coming from work.

We’re mad waiting for the grand stretch in the evening because it makes life so much easier. The arrival of the stretch in the evening is a Godsend to those of of us who find it hard to make conversation. For those awkward moments when you’re stuck in the lift in Roches, or find yourself queueing for your sandwich beside a complete stranger who you might never have seen before — that kind of complete stranger. At times like that, it is always great to be able to share some discourse on the state of the stretch in the evening.

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Fantasy Football round 22 preview

Wed, Jan 08, 2020

Did you enjoy the week off? Yes after seven and half game weeks inside a month, last weekend's FA Cup action was a welcome break for Fantasy managers.

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Galway can’t waste another decade of indecision

Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Galway is great craic. Mighty craic. You can depend on Galway to give you what you want. A mighty place to go for the weekend. With the lads, and the girls. Jaysis, a place we can eat and drink and dance all night... And eat chips, clip clopping over the pebble stones or the medieval tarmac that lines the streets of our city and stagger back to the Airbnb sated. Galway is like that friend we all have who is always laughing and smiling. Even when he shouldn’t. The one you never take seriously because he is always smiling and laughing and having the craic.

But is this all we want Galway to be? In 100 years time, do we want Galway to have had a century of just being that sort of place, where the attraction of hen parties and stag parties is our core objective? Is that all we can achieve with the enormous potential of the place laid out before our eyes; a town which sits on the lip of the Atlantic, on the edge of Europe, with its face washed by the spray of the bay. Its attraction built on its possibilities rather than its realities.

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Fantasy Football round 21 preview

Tue, Dec 31, 2019

The final whistle at the Etihad Stadium also brought the conclusion of December which means it is time to the name the Advertiser Tribal League's Manager of the Month in association with Monroe's Tavern.

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Look after the little things this Christmas

Thu, Dec 26, 2019

Look after the little things in life. Because one day the time will come when you realise they are the big things.

And there is no better time to find this out than at this time of the year. In the days leading up to Christmas, it is easy to be consumed by the enormity of it all; pushing ourselves through heartache and stress, and losing the familial feel of togetherness Christmas once had, when there was nothing else or nowhere else to go to.

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Fantasy Football round 18 preview

Wed, Dec 18, 2019

The football just keeps coming and coming. Round 17 produced another humiliating defeat for Arsenal as they were gunned down by the brilliance of Man City's Kevin De Bruyne. Liverpool increased their advantage at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 home victory over bottom placed Watford and a slip-up by second place Leicester. Chelsea lost at home to Bournemouth and Spurs moved within four points of the Champions League spots.

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Pallas Karting Christmas gift voucher - the Christmas present of 2019!

Tue, Dec 17, 2019

'Oh the weather outside is frightful', crooned Dean Martin and while the song is aimed at the prevailing conditions outside, the stanza could easily be applicable to the frightfulness of the throngs of stressed out shoppers looking for that perfect gift for their loved one.

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Fantasy Football round 17 preview

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Game week 16 concluded at the London Stadium where Arsenal secured three precious points in a 3-1 win over the hapless Hammers. It was a huge victory for Freddie Ljungberg's men who had gone nine matches without a success; the club's worst run of form for 42 years. Elsewhere Liverpool and Leicester won again, Man United defeated City in the derby, and Duncan Ferguson inspired Everton to overcome Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park to take The Toffees out of the relegation zone.

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Fantasy Football round 16 preview

Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Round 15 was considered an historic round of football as for the first time the Premier League would be streamed into the homes of fans thanks to Amazon Prime Video. That was the case of course if you were a football fan watching in the UK. Those watching on in Ireland had to contend with Premier Sports, a channel to which one can only subscribe by purchasing another channel - and they say football is for supporters?

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Get unique hand-crafted gifts from the Ceardlann Craft Village this Christmas!

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

If you’re looking for something unique, hand-crafted & local to give this Christmas, look no further than the Ceardlann Craft Village in Spiddal. Only 20 minutes from Galway city on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ceardlann is a one stop shop for your Christmas gifts. Featuring over 10 different artists and an award-winning Café- there truly is something for everyone at the Ceardlann Craft Village.

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Yeah, I know where ya mean

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

What kinda person are ya? Are you an auld stock…or a new stock who thinks they’re auld stock…or a new stock who doesn’t knew they’re new stock. Are you a Moons or Brown Thomas person? If I said I’d meet ya at Moons in ten minutes, would I find ya there? Are ya someone who went to UCG or the RTC? And not NUI Galway or GMIT?

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Fantasy Football round 15 preview

Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Game week 14 has concluded of the Premier League and it is the same old story at the top with Liverpool and Leicester grinding out 2-1 victories over Brighton and Everton respectively. Man City (draw) and Chelsea (defeat) lost more ground on the top two thanks to dogged efforts by Newcastle and West Ham. And Watford lost the battle of the basement sides on the south coast as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

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Helping those who live half lives in the half light

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

This city has changed much over the past 30 or 40 years. The type of people who live in it have a different perspective from those who once did. The buildings have changed, the public spaces, the street coverings, the ambience.

Yet, the one constant that exists is the cold breeze that lashes through the town, winds it way up the streets, finding every nook and cranny. It is a breeze that is as much a charm as a curse.

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Fantasy Football round 14 preview

Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Game week 13's action concluded as Aston Villa secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle in Birmingham on Monday night. Elsewhere Liverpool's assault on the Premier League title continued unabated with a hard fought 2-1 success over Crystal Palace; Leicester strengthened their grip on second spot with 3-0 win over Brighton; Man City defeated Chelsea 2-1; and Man United made a Lazarus like comeback to secure a 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in south Yorkshire.

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Don’t let insurance issues suck the life out of our communities

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

About an hour after I press the send button on this article, my fellow coaches and I will be stood on a muddy pitch while a band of determined U-12 girls will lash footballs at us for the betterment of their skills. For 90 minutes, we will attempt to pass on some of our perceived wisdom, until they go home, muddied, energised, happier for the participation, and hopefully, slightly better players.

The scene is replicated on pitches and community grounds and dimly-lit community centres across the country. People who are clerks by day become trapeze artists by night as they scale lighting rigs on century-old halls to set up for amateur drama productions; Saturdays are taken up by hardy souls having to line pitches, to repair football nets; to get ready for fetes and fairs.

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Fantasy Football round 13 preview

Wed, Nov 20, 2019

It was ultimately a disappointing international break for Irish fans as the 1-1 draw with Denmark in Dublin on Monday night was not enough to secure a place at Euro 2020. Mick McCarthy's men will have another shot at qualifying for the continent's football jamboree next summer but that is at the end of March and we have plenty of Premier League action to keep us occupied over the coming months.

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