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A pall of sorrow hung over Callan this month. A great singing voice had fallen silent when Denis Walsh of Mellows Park, better known to his friends as Dency, said goodbye to the world. He passed away peacefully on May 17th at St Luke’s Hospital. He was in his eighties. For decades he blazed trail …

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In these times of constant doom-talk, it’s nice to go back to youthful days, simpler times, and think of the bonds between country people and their dogs. The canine pal back then had a useful part to play in human lives, be it fetching idle-minded cows for milking, keeping manners on deceitful and deadly bulls, …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR With the sharp rise in petrol and diesel costs over the past weeks many drivers are thinking about ways to save on fuel and where is the best price to be got at the pumps. A quick search online brought up a newish comparison site called Pumps.ie. The site has …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY At Natural Health Store we often get asked why we choose certain brands, or what is the difference between the brands we select, in particular with the supplements. One brand we love is Terranova. Terranova promises never to use in-active additives such as fillers, binders or sweeteners. They also prefer capsules to …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST Of all body pains, there’s nothing quite like a toothache. Maybe it’s that your mouth is so close to your brain that an oral abscess is excruciating. The throbbing doesn’t have far to travel, so it makes its presence known very quickly. You’re programmed to be particularly sensitive to your head, …

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AS I SEE IT MARIANNE HERON Question: if two men appeared in a high- profile court case would there be coverage abut how much they had spent on their outfits or comparing their hairstyles? No, of course not. But that is exactly what happened in the libel trial of Rebekah Vardy versus Coleen Rooney, because …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS When news of the US Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade was leaked, millions of Americans were caught off-guard, despite six of the court’s nine judges considered conservative. Up to 69% of Americans are against overturning the legislation, which next year will be 50 years in …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Looking after my eyesight has been on my mind as I have noticed changes in my vision. I get regular check-ups so I know everything is ok medically. However, I have started to squint and frown more, in particular when reading or on the computer. My eyes are definitely getting tired more …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST Pets reduce anxiety: Studies have shown that playing with animals, even just for five minutes, helps fight stress hormones. This makes having a pet, particularly one you can engage with physically, a powerful aid for anxiety sufferers. Cats and dogs v depression: Serotonin and dopamine, the body’s own calming and pleasure …

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By Ned Egan Dust. We are surrounded by it. ‘Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if God doesn’t get you, the Divil must,’ we used to sing at school playtime. There’s a great book called ‘A Handful of Dust.’ Then there is the dust of our ancestors, dead and gone. The dust of a thousand …

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