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Brian Nolan
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Lovely social history documentary on RTE Radio. 

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Tynagh Mines - Gold in them there hills.
On a sunny afternoon in the early 1960's a Canadian sea-plane touched down on the silvery-grey waters of Loughrea lake, taxied to a jetty and tied off. The children swimming at Long Point were distracted by the unusual sight, but pretty soon were back at do...

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Titanic - The Galway Connection
GALWAY'S CONNECTION TO TITANIC     RMS
Titanic was the greatest ship of her age. Thought to be unsinkable, Titanic was
882 feet long (this replica model, pictured above on the Prom in Salthill, was built by a Men's Shed project in Lahardane, County Mayo, to...

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To my mother on Little Christmas

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Epiphany
She looked up from her chair by the window, as though she’d just awoken from a pleasant dreamless nap when I walked into her room overlooking the lake. She was fully dressed, her hair washed, looking radiant. At 91, she still cut a dash. ‘Happy New Year’ sh...

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Yule and Mairgead Mór
O ver most of Western Europe , particularly in those areas connected with the ancient Celts, December 21, the shortest day of the year fell during the Druidic festival of 'Yule'. Today it is better known as the festival of the ‘Winter Solstice’. ‘Thoul’, an...

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Shooting the Messenger
Shooting the Messenger!  So...50 years ago, today, I was just 7, and was playing by myself in our back-yard on Main Street,  Loughrea Town  ('cause no one would play with me), hitting a tennis ball with my hurley against the big wooden gate t hat closed off...

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Tomorrow, October 28th is St. Judes Day. St. Jude is patron saint of lost causes, hopeless cases and depression. I wrote this in memory of a boy who died tragically this week. As a community, we must do more to help prevent others from suffering as he suffered. Brian
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