Sad events remind us that we need to mind each other

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

There has been a lot a sadness in our news lately, and I don’t mean that of a purely Covid nature. Tragedies in Cork and Dublin have shocked us all, but saddened us even more.

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Fantasy Football round seven preview

Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Round six of the Premier League is done and dusted and I think it is fair to say that no one would have predicted Everton, Aston Villa, and Leeds being in the top six and Man City and Man United in the bottom seven at this stage of the season but this is the unpredictable beauty that is football.

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Fantasy Football round six preview

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

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Let’s winter together

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

And so to wintertime. The clock wintertime...not the wind and rain wintertime, even though we have that too. In a year when the seasons seemed in a hurry to pass one another out, we reach the stage where the clocks go back, (2am Sunday) where darkness becomes our constant companion, there when we leave home in the morning, there to greet us in the evening.

Normally winter has had an inhibiting effect on us. But then this year we have winter’s first cousin. It is as if we are cocooned inside a large tea-cosy — slowly descending, preventing us from living our lives the way we want to. Everything seems much more of an effort in winter and lockdown. Roads and paths are slippery, getting out and about to do the things we want is more involved and now when you overcome that, there is only so far we can go.

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Fantasy Football round five preview

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

It was not a great week for Irish fans as their dreams of participating at next year's European Championships ended in penalty shootout heartache in Bratislava against Slovakia. And the results did not improve with a drab 0-0 draw coming against Wales in Dublin on Sunday and another 1-0 defeat to Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday afternoon.

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Are we really all doing the best we can?

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

For the past few days I have been remotely immersed in the Galway of the future...or a certain future anyway. Reporting from the oral hearing into the proposed new road to bypass Galway, it seemed surreal, to be contemplating concepts that seemed more logical last Spring but which have changed a thousand times since the hearing last sat.

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Let’s get to the water break

Thu, Oct 08, 2020

This summer, we saw the introduction as de rigeur of the water break in our team sports. Initially introduced because players were playing in games at times of the year when temperatures were higher than normal, they also allowed an opportunity for players to rehydrate hygienically.

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Fantasy Football review

Wed, Oct 07, 2020

I think it is fair to say no one would have predicted what happened in game week four of the Premier League. Champions Liverpool were thumped 7-2 by Aston Villa, Man United were smashed 6-1 by Spurs at Old Trafford, and Leeds earned a point against Man City. What a weekend it was.

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Time to be sound, not silly

Thu, Oct 01, 2020

A community is formed by the willingness of all of to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good. Now, more than ever, we are aware of what the common good is. Now more than ever at any time in history, we know what the enemy is. Now, for the first time perhaps, the whole world shares a common enemy — an enemy that can be defeated the same way in Colombia, Canberra, California or Clifden.

It is not as if this thing that challenges us has a different line of attack in different places. No, it seems to have found a universal human weakness and is set to target this for the next six months or more.

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Through The Glass Darkly

Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early third century BC. The name "Stoicism" derives from the Stoa Poikile, or "painted porch", a colonnade decorated with mythic and historical battle scenes, on the north side of the Agora in Athens, where Zeno and his followers gathered to discuss their ideas. It was one of the major philosophical schools in classical Athens, along with the Plato’s Academy, the tradition of Aristotle, and the Epicureans. Stoicism flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the third century AD, and among its adherents was Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It experienced a decline after Christianity became the state religion in the fourth century AD. Since then it has seen revivals, notably in the Renaissance. The French philosopher and essayist Michel de Montaigne was a notable stoic as was the great Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

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Fantasy Football round four preview

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Game week three brought 36 goals, thrillers, and upset; it really had it all. Result of the round came at the Etihad Stadium where Leicester City thumped Man City 5-2.

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AVOIDING FURTHER RESTRICTIONS: It's in our hands.

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

As outlined in the graph below, showing figures up to September 27th, the rate of new Covid-19 cases in Galway has increased dramatically in recent weeks. The city and county have now entered a critical phase where the behaviour of all of us will determine the extent of the further restrictions to be imposed. The number of new cases in Galway for September is over ten times as high as the number of new cases for August. In the last week alone, Galway has had more new cases of Covid-19 than in total for the three months of June, July and August.

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Hey, students, it’s great to see ye

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

This month way back in the mists of time in the 1980s, I found myself starting college here in Galway. Sharing the joys of life with a group of lads in a house in Renmore Crescent, by the side of Lough Atalia (found through the pages of the Galway Advertiser). It was to be the start of the rest of my life; a new beginning, a time when you set aside that which had got you that far, and swapped it for something new.

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Lár Sráide le Conradh na Gaeilge

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Is í Fionnuala Ní Aoláin a bheidh faoi agallamh ar an gclár An tSeachtain le Máirín Ní Ghadhra ar Raidió na Gaeltachta Dé Sathairn seo chugainn, 26 Meán Fómhair, ag 11.00r.n. Is de bhunú na Forbacha í Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, ach tá cuid mhaith dá saol caite aici ag obair thar lear i ngort na cearta daonna. Faoi láthair tá sí ag obair mar Thoscaire Speisialta na Náisiún Aontaithe ar Chearta Daonna.

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Through The Glass Darkly

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Two distinct phases of the hermetic life existed in early Christianity. The first phase was the Egyptian phase, the era of the desert hermits. With its scarcity of resources and its forbidding geography, the desert was a radical contrast to urban areas. These factors shaped the fierce insights of the desert hermits: the extreme individualism, their hostility toward social life, and their separation from conventional ecclesiastical authority.

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Fantasy Football round three preview

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Another round of the Premier League has come and gone and a clear picture is already developing. Liverpool look the team to beat as they swept aside 10 men Chelsea in south west London on Sunday, West Brom and Fulham look certain to go straight back down after defeats to Everton and Leeds respectively, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær looks set for another tough season as Man United fell to a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

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Leisureland difficulties a sign of these strange times

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Fifty years ago last April, on the very first edition of the new Galway Advertiser, was an impressive and rare in those days, colour photograph of the proposed Leisureland development planned for Salthill. Under a headline of Galway in the 1970s, it promised a facility that would be at the heart of Galway and west of Ireland life for years to come. And so it has been.

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Through The Glass Darkly

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

That happiness - what it is, where is it found, and how to hold onto and maximise it - is big business these days is obvious to anyone browsing the ever-expanding New Age section of book shops, large and small. Titles like The Seven Steps to Happiness or How to be Happy 365 Days a Year and dozens of others all promise to show how happiness can be achieved easily, painlessly, and permanently.

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BE A GALWAY VOICE

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Investment and not just policing is needed in communities

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Fantasy Football round two preview

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Round one of the Premier League is done and dusted and we got good value from our eight games with 23 goals scored. There were no shocks on the opening weekend as Fulham and West Brom fell to 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Leicester City respectively with Chelsea securing three points away to Brighton.

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