Mary Gallagher

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Members of the Odorikko dance group enjoy a walk on the grounds of Farmleigh House ahead of their show at the Japanese Hanami festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In one way, the opening feature of this year’s Japanese Film Festival was a subject with which any Irish viewer would feel fully at home. Bone Born Bo(...)

Gallaghers on Main Street, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, is one of the oldest shops run by one of the best known people, Mary Gallagher. File photograph: Brendan Gallagher

One of the oldest shops run by one of the best known people in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon is to close down. Gallaghers on Main Street in the town (...)

Cllr Michael Mulligan, Dr Martin Garvey and Micheal Frain on The Square,  Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Mick McCormack.

It has been just over a year since the first group of Syrian refugees arrived at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderr(...)

An esteemed colleague from another newspaper told me how she and her son had been watching a Prime Time programme recently on the warm welcome given b(...)

Market Square looking down Main Street Ballaghaderreen, Co  Rocommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A documentary on the experience of 240 Syrian refugees since their arrival in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon last March will be aired on TV3 on Thursda(...)

People are flocking to online language courses that offer cheap and inventive ways to learn. Photograph: iStock

There was a time when having a smidgeon of French and self-consciously ordering a verre de vin could elevate someone to a status of fluency within min(...)

Razan Ibraheem, from Syria, is now working in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballaghaderreen – population circa 2,000 – has been in the headlines now for more than a week since news that 80, mostly Syrian, refugees will be hou(...)

Mary Gallagher: “Wouldn’t it break your heart to see Aleppo ... It’s like a broken jigsaw.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

Douglas Hyde used to pop into Gallagher’s shop on Main Street Ballaghaderreen for his morning newspaper and no doubt would have had his own views on t(...)

Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The woman was a stranger to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, that night about two years ago. It was quiet, and dark. The visitor was surprised. “Everybo(...)

Mary Gallagher in studio, 1967, with the RTÉ Light Orchestra. Photograph: Courtesy RTÉ Stills

Mary Gallagher, who has died at the age of 76, was the outstanding Irish violinist of her generation. Exceptionally talented as a youngster, she won i(...)

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