Today I found out that my family and I, we are not alone in our suffering and frustration. Why, you ask.. Well, we have been living without landline and Wi-Fi at home for 7 months. It is the 21st century and we do live in the digital age but apparently this does not affect the way the phone company here in Ireland operates. ( Eir, or as we still remember it Eircom) I have several blogs which took a major nose dive because of this “little” problem. Not being able to upload regularly and less interaction with fellow bloggers, really brings down the popularity of a blog. My work as a […]
GALWAY CITY MUSEUM Saturday, 22 October, 2pm – 4pm TALK & READINGS: Revolutionary Poetry. The 1916 Rising is often referred to as a ‘poet’s revolution’. Taking this as her starting point, poet Emily Cullen PhD, will introduce the work of international poets of revolution – historic and contemporary – including Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Rafeef Ziadah. After that Galway-based Albanian poet Ndrek Gjini MA, who lived through the oppressive Enver Hoxha regime in the 1980s, will talk about Communism in the Balkans in the middle of the 20th Century and will discuss the work of Visar Zhiti and Vaclav Havel. He also will read from his work. All Are Welcome!
Vincent Holmes was born in Dublin and has been living in Galway since 1978. He worked for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for more than 30 years. Vincent earned a Master’s Degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Over the years he has written short stories in Irish that featured on Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Peann agus Pár programme, Comhar the Irish literary magazine and a miscellany articles to both the Irish Times and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He is the General Administrator and an occasional contributor to The Galway Review. ___________________________ Seven years married By Vincent Holmes The late Autumn of 1984 heralded my tenth visit on the job to […]
Calling all short story writers ! Here is your opportunity to see your work in print in the Galway, Mayo and/or Athlone Advertiser group. What we require from you, in this collaborative venture between theGalway Advertiser Group and The Galway Review online is the following A short story not exceeding 1500 – 1800 words located in counties Galway, Mayo, Westmeath or Roscommon i.e. a locality. A short biography (not more than 100 words) of you the writer along with a headshot photograph. An understanding that your submission will not generate a fee, but (subject to the success of the venture) may be eligible for a winner’s prize and may also be […]
Did you know that today is the first Wednesday of the month which means admission to all OPW Heritage Sites (with the exception of Kilmainham Gaol) is FREE!!?? I was amazed to find out that we have so many heritage sites in our beautiful Galway county. One of the nearest and most amazing places to for me is Aughnanure castle. Believe me, today is the day, drop what you are doing and head on N59 towards Oughterard, Aughnanure castle is just before, right next to the golf course. But if you feel adventurous, why not also visit other beautiful heritage sites our county has to offer? These include Portumna Castle, Athenry […]
L.É. Róisín left Ireland’s the Naval Base, Haulbowline on Sunday, 1st May 2016, to assist the Italian authorities in the search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean. Irish NAVY vessel as spotted on leaving homeland with 57 crew on board in Galway Bay Sunday Evening. Earlier this month the Government approved the despatch of an Irish Naval vessel to the Mediterranean. Following the Government Decision the Minister commented “The humanitarian crisis arising in the Mediterranean as a result of the Migrant crisis continues to be of great concern to Ireland and to our EU partners”. Minister for Defence Simon Coveney was in attendance for the departure. Its 57-strong crew have been completing pre-deployment training […]
I have to say that when I woke up at 5.30am this morning and I heard the rain dancing on the roof, I didn’t really feel that inspired to walk the dogs. A few hot cups of coffee later I donned my rain gear and I was ready to go. When you have a couple of huge boxer dogs waiting for you impatiently in the other room you have no time to waste. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I put my nose out and I found out it had actually stooped raining. Yay!! And this is how me and the boys, we had the perfect Connemara May Bank Holiday Walk. Have […]