Concern Workshops

Concern child labour workshops development education IrelandI’m planning a post later on the Concern development education workshops I facilitated around the country last month. I had a great bunch of Transition Year students in Galway, Dublin and Cork. This is an ongoing project aimed at raising awareness of global child exploitation. There are currently over 200 million children being used for labour in the world today.

It must be Friday…

Galway Macnas Parade
so yes, the Paddy’s Day Parade has come and gone, and when might we see another? Having received less Arts Council funding than they anticipated, Macnas understandably intend to focus all this year’s artistic and financial attention on their Halloween parade, and every Galwegian will look forward to that with glee.

Double Vision

rural pub connemara cartoon
“When I lived in Connemara, I used to frequent (the old) Keogh’s pub in Ballyconneely.
I was green back then, and by that I don’t mean pure unadulterated paddy: I mean that, as an Englishman new to an Irish village, I smiled a lot, kept my head down, myself to myself (with the notable exception of the local Chelsea posse) and pretty much did what I was told.”