The best karting tracks in the country

Fri, Jun 14, 2019

From go-karting to paintball campaigns courses, Pallas Karting Centre has everything to challenge the ultimate competitor of the family. Perfect for school outings, work parties, or stag and hen dos, a great day out is guaranteed for everyone at Pallas Karting.

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Many’s a slip twixt the cup and the lip

Thu, Jun 06, 2019

During the local elections, I spoke to the partner of a politician, offering congratulations on the success and opining that at least now, everything would get back to normal in the political household; that the grass would be cut once again, the flowerbeds weeded, the hinges fixed on the ratchety door, and the kids getting to know the one parent who had been missing for three months or so.

“But no,” I was told. “Now is the worst time of all, because now the tension really starts.” The week or two after an election is when all the wheeling and dealing is done, when the crankiness is at its zenith; when the divvying up of roles in the new adminstration is carried out behind closed doors at secret meetings. It is the time when all forces come into play; party hacks and former councillors pulling the strings away from the glare of publicity. Playing new naive councillors, avoiding experienced old councillors.

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And so the people have spoken...

Thu, May 30, 2019

Elections and election counts are like horror films or high-rides in a funfair. From a distance, they all seem like they might be good craic, but when you get into them, you kind of regret you ever did.

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Enter the world of politics by voting

Thu, May 23, 2019

I remember leaving a polling station a few decades ago in my hometown and bumping into a friend who told me that he had just voted for the introduction of divorce on the basis that it would make “loads more wimmen available for the shift”. And boy, was he pleased with himself. Not really bothering to enlighten him to the fact that his vote would also free up more men to compete with his Lothario efforts, I let him off as happy as Larry, having voted for what was probably the most meaningful reason he had ever had.

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The innocent joy of wonderment

Thu, May 16, 2019

It was around this time of year when we were kids that a vast array of nothingness spread ahead of us like a meadow with no walls. When schoolbags would be kicked into a corner for the summer, when evenings playing handball in the old ball alley would spread into days playing handball. When you would throw yourself back on the grass, stare at the heavens and wonder about things you had no notion of wondering about. Lying there watching the clouds move across the blue skies and wondering if it was the cloud that was moving or the earth beneath you.

And you knew that you wouldn’t be left there long wondering about wonderment because there’d be a shout from inside telling you of some job to be done. That there was no such thing as a free lunch or a free summer.

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Ireland needs to stop mollycoddling businesses - Cormac MacGowan

Thu, May 16, 2019

Ireland ought to, of course, provide a welcoming environment for business and for employees generally. However, we ought not to be so accommodating that we reduce our people back to the conditions we suffered 100 years ago. A democratic republic is intended to shelter its citizens from the harshness of the world, and to provide a share of the benefits of the upside of the society and economy that we create, together. These are the primary purposes of democracy. Ireland is failing, miserably, in this respect. Instead - our governments have done precisely the opposite. They have, gradually, since the 1970s, transferred business risks onto ordinary people and onto the public purse.

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The invisible strings that hold community together

Thu, May 09, 2019

Back in the summer of ‘82, when Paolo Rossi was setting the stones alight with his scorching display in the heat of football pitches at the Spanish World Cup, I spent the days picking cold stones from a wet football pitch in Mayo. In those days, when the offer of a job was as fickle as the tumbleweed that blew across our horizon, the Community Employment Scheme was all we knew.

And while I’ll never know if we ever made any difference with the stones we picked from what seemed like a field of stones, we felt like we had the impossible task of digging just half a hole. It was invisible work, probably invented by someone to keep us busy, to bend our backs, to get us used to the real world.

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Exciting ways people can get involved with Macnas this summer!

Thu, May 09, 2019

Macnas is beginning advanced Stilt Performance workshops with an emphasis on Stilt performance using a mask, stilt-performance in acrobatics and in physical performance indoors and outdoors!

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Fantasy Football round 38 preview

Tue, May 07, 2019

After nearly nine months and 37 rounds of action, the Premier League season reaches its crescendo this Sunday; Man City or Liverpool? Who will be the champions of England?

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Away trips give a glimpse of home and community

Thu, May 02, 2019

It has been a horrible few weeks. At home and abroad, the news headlines are filled with tales of unwavering cruelty, of acts of violence, of terror, of domestic killing, of communities living in fear.

We see brazen acts of defiance against our policing forces, of daring raids that care little for the proximity of officers, or for the disruption to local communities. And when we hear of these things, we look deep into ourselves to try to find a piece of hope, a glimmer of light to give us belief in the capacity of the human spirit to overcome such darkness.

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Fantasy Football round 37 preview

Thu, May 02, 2019

It was another special week of European football as Ajax continued their wonderful form in the competition with 1-0 victory over Spurs in London and Lionel Messi staked another claim as the greatest player to grace a football pitch with another brilliant brace against Liverpool on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou.

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Veil of silence must be broken

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

It is hard to believe several years have passed since local Tuam historian Catherine Corless uncovered the heartbreaking scandal of undocumented burials at the Tuam Mothers and Baby home - one which is sadly still ongoing.

For the families of the 798 children who died, and then were buried in the grounds of the institution, there can be no peace when still so many questions need answers.

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Fantasy Football round 36 preview

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

It is all becoming a little clearer now that all sides have played 35 matches. Champions Man City are still keeping challengers Liverpool at arms length in the title race, Spurs and Chelsea are in pole position for the Champions League, and it is between Brighton and Cardiff who will be the final side to tumble out of the division and into the Championship.

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Local Market Makes Long Awaited Comeback After Series Of Setbacks

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

The much talked about the return of the Tiny Traders Village finally became a reality last weekend as the much loved local market relaunched in a brand new location after almost a year of setbacks and delays.

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Our city benefits from the spirit of volunteerism

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Galway city was at its best this week when it celebrated the selfless in our society - the volunteers who engage with communities, groups, and individuals, not just giving time, but also themselves to help others.

Truly inspiring is the breadth of volunteers who are now an integral part of Galway's culture and spirit. Whether providing a voice for those with special needs, or risking their lives on a search and rescue mission, the number of volunteers who maintain an unwavering dedication is truly uplifting.

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Fantasy Football round 35 preview

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

What a week of European football; Man City and Spurs played a game for the ages which saw the London side squeeze through on away goals; Ajax rolled back the years to defeat Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in Turin; and Barcelona and Liverpool emphatically dispatched Man United and Porto respectively.

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Relocating from Galway to Belfast - What You Need to Know to Make the Process Smoother

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

Are you the type of person who subscribes to the belief that “variety is the spice of life”? If your next helping of variety involves a move from Galway to Belfast then you’ve come to the right place.

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Top Tips for Keeping Up with the League of Ireland in 2019

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

No matter which team you wish to choose to support, keeping up with the League of Ireland is a must for any football fan. If you are wanting to know how you will be the first to find out how your team performed in the latest match then keep on reading.

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If you go down to the woods...

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

There is something magical about walking in the woods. It is because in there, among the trees, you let yourself get lost, distracted from the ways of the world. In there, among the trees, and the fallen branches, and dried up leaves, you can learn more about yourself than a thousand books would ever reveal.

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Passing of colourful councillor marks the end of an era

Thu, Apr 04, 2019

When I first started covering local council meetings here in Galway city and county, there were a lot of serious players on board. Heavy hitters who as soon as a meeting was over, would head to Dublin to make or take decisions in a higher forum. They looked and sounded serious. They were like Abbey repertoire actors let loose on touring the carnival tents and halls of rural Ireland. They knew how to play to the gallery and how to ensure their survival in an animalistic political arena. It was in the chambers of the councils that they fine-tuned their roar for the national stage.

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