Santa is real… He’s just not what you expected

Christmas was always my favourite time of year when I was a child. My dad went to a lot of trouble to make sure my siblings and I believed in Santa Clause for as long as possible.

There was one year I asked Santa for a Furby. I saw one on The Late Late Toy Show and that was it. I wanted one of my own. I was so excited and fully believed that Santa would bring me one.

They were the most wanted toy that Christmas, so they were sold out everywhere. But my dad got a tip-off that a select few were coming into stock in Argos in Tullamore or somewhere like that. So off he went at five o’clock in the morning to queue outside that particular store. Continue reading

Model and Diorama Show to support Children’s Cancer Charity

Hobbyists from all over the country will meet to display, admire and discuss a huge selection of diecast model vehicles on Sunday 29 December in aid of Hand in Hand, the West of Ireland’s Children’s Cancer Charity.

The Diecast Model and Diorama Show will give traders, displayers, customers and hobbyists of all fraternities an opportunity to gather under the same roof and observe various dioramas and diecast collections.

Dioramas that will be on display will feature such outlays as factories, farms and towns. There will also be a selection of diecast model cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles. Continue reading

Charity donations decrease after CRC scandal

Donations to several charities across Ireland have plummeted this Christmas following the recent Central Remedial Clinic top-up scandal, but some of Galway’s major charities have so far reported no change in the level of public support.

CEO of Croí Heart and Stroke Charity Neil Johnson said that although other charities are reporting a severe decrease in support, it is uncertain what effect the CRC top-up scandal will have on Croí until the end of the year.

“It’s difficult to quantify the knock-on effect at this early stage. I know some charities are saying that they are down a certain amount but it’s too early for us to quantify the damage. Continue reading

Over €23K raised for Galway charity at Bike2Bofin event

Voices for Down Syndrome Galway speech and language therapy project have extended their thanks to all participants in the Bike2Bofin charity cycle event in October who raised over €20,000.

90 cyclists undertook the challenge of 90km, 45km or 13km to raise funds for Voices for Down syndrome and succeeded to raise €23,140 for the grateful charity.

The funds raised will allow the charity to provide essential speech and language therapy to over 70 adults and children in Galway City and County. Continue reading

Open invite for free Christmas dinner provides big-hearted Gort woman with a recipe for love

Nobody likes to be alone at Christmas but, unfortunately, many people are too often left without friends or family members on Christmas Day. But one Gort woman has single-handedly taken on the task of bringing people together.

Amanda Anderson has been organising Christmas dinner in Gort for five years now, inviting those who are alone and those who are feeling lonely to come together on Christmas Day for a delicious, home-cooked dinner.

“Our guests come from all walks of life. Money does not prevent someone being lonely; it just means you can spend Christmas in Barbados if you want,” Miss Anderson explained. Continue reading

Clubs share €74,000 sports grants

Galway City Mayor Cllr Pádraig Conneely has announced the sports clubs that will receive grants from the Galway City Council. The grants are collectively worth almost €74,000.

The 40 approved Galway City Council Sports Club Grants recipients will receive funding of up to €3,000 to accommodate their needs.

“The sport grants for city clubs are to be welcomed. They funding will support many voluntary sporting clubs in the city and help to defray their running costs,” said Mayor Connneely. Continue reading

Community Circus enthrals with Christmas performance

The Galway Community Circus (GCC) held a Christmas performance entitled ‘Out of Luck’ on Friday 13 December outside the Galway City Museum.

Facilitated by drama facilitator Eve Vaughan, who specialises in site-specific youth drama, the performance was a dramatic, mysterious and magical show focusing on the themes of fate, luck and superstition.

Working with the GCC youth members aged from 12 to 20, Miss Vaughan devised and created a spectacle that put a sinister spin on the magic of Christmas. Continue reading