At long last, the first bricks for the new school have been laid. The children of the village are so excited. They jump and skip across the ground where the outline of the classrooms have been pegged out. 'Classoom One', 'Classroom Two', they chant. I can't help thinking they won't be as eager and happy
Killala based artist Niall Kerrigan's latest collection, Off Season, opens at Ballina Arts Centre this week and is the antithesis of what one might expect to see in Ireland's quaint seaside town. A follow on from Derelict: Silent and Still – a body of work that illustrated the architecture and beauty
Have just returned from Accra today with seven patients from the cured leper community for cataract surgery. Two of the group have no hands or feet. They drag themselves around. It's pitiful to watch. When we arrived at the clinic, people were quite rude and staring.
Spring is upon us once more. It was the robins that told me first. The male (I think it must be he, although I find it impossible to tell him from her, apart from the fact that he sings) has been serenading his bride from the hazel bushes close to our window. He must have been peeping in too, and has caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror.
I don't believe we have enjoyed such a prolonged spell of settled weather in all the years I have been in Mayo. It's just a pity it has come at the wrong time of year, with half the family laid up with the flu and the rest of us confined to nursing and other household duties.
Organic farming can be a profitable alternative to conventional farming. In Ireland, the sector is growing steadily and currently occupies 1.2 per cent of the total farmed area in the country, a doubling in area over the last decade. Latest Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food figures show there are 1,692 organic operators
A number of people have been asking about the butterflies that began to appear at the turn of the year, wondering if this might be an indication of spring arriving early. Sadly, no. While this does seem unusual there is a logical explanation. To understand what is happening we must cast our minds back to autumn and the first really chilly nights of mid to late October.