Coffey on the go

Jason Tompkins and the growth mindset

THE school playground is the breeding ground for so many things in life that we may not realise the most important thing it fosters in children: Their mindset. Think of it this way: Every year in every class there are...

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If your health is your wealth, better be wealthy

  ONE of the most brutal things about any recession is that the less money you have, the more expensive...

Tuesday, 06/11/12 - 10:47am Read More

Eye on the past

1082. Photo evokes happy memories of times past

THIS week an interesting photograph was shown to me and the wonders of modern technology allowed me to scan it into my computer in seconds. The photograph is an interesting shot of the canal boat, 29B, as it approached the...

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Journey to a place of pilgrimage. No 1079

BOOKS open up avenues to places previously unknown and sometime suggest journeys never before planned. I was conscious of this...

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Poems of the Great War: Eye on the Past 1078

 AUGUST is generally one of the quieter months around the town of Athy as the schools have yet to re-open.However...

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1077: History written in our roads and buildings

INLAND towns such as Athy benefitted enormously from improved road making practises of the 18th century. Prior to then, responsibility...

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People I admire

EYE ON THE PAST 1065 LAST week I had occasion to reflect on the writers I have enjoyed over the...

Tuesday, 14/05/13 - 8:44am Read More

A forgotten freedom fighter

EYE ON THE PAST 1058 RESEARCH which I carried out in recent years gave me the names of only two...

Tuesday, 26/03/13 - 11:24am Read More

A hero of the Latvian nation

St Michael’s Cemetery Athy was the scene of an unusual gathering last week when a group of Latvians accompanied by...

Tuesday, 12/03/13 - 10:37am Read More

Centre helps us to value our heritage

PART of Athy’s developing cultural heritage is the Heritage Centre located on the ground floor of the town’s 18th century...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:07am Read More

EYE ON THE PAST 1054: Remembering the voice of Sunday evening radio

THE recent death of Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin sent me searching amongst my sports books and in particular amongst the...

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EYE ON THE PAST 1052: town mourns passing of two stalwart campaigners

WITHIN the space of a few weeks Athy has lost two of its most stalwart campaigners. You may think it...

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Hidden Gems

Tales from the Town Hall

ONE of the most important events of any year for the local authority was the business of striking a new rate and the year 1963 was no exception. The headline in a local newspaper read ************Naas rate up by four...

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Tales from the Town Hall: One hundred years ago Part 2

CONTINUING our look at the council chamber snippets we find that in April a special meeting of the UDC was...

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Gleanings from the council chamber 100 years ago

Tales from the Town Hall BY contrast with the beginning of the century the start of the second decade (1910)...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:11am Read More

Tales from the Town Hall. More political dynasties

IN the 1950 Urban District Council Bill Callaghan was elected for the first time and subsequently was continuously elected at...

Tuesday, 27/11/12 - 10:47am Read More

Tales from the Town Hall Political Dynasties

  By Mick Mulvey IN the old ballroom of the Town Hall, which is now the Naas Town Council chamber,...

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Tales from the Town Hall-Good neighbours

THERE is an old saying “everyone needs good neighbours” and in that respect the Town Hall is no exception. The...

Tuesday, 06/11/12 - 10:52am Read More

Living Greener

On yer bike

IN  perhaps one of the great ironies of human civilisation, mechanical devices to truly magnify human power came along as soon as we didn’t need them. Pedal-powered devices like bicycles only appeared after coal had already begun to transform the...

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Feel the heat

SAY solar power” and everyone thinks of photovoltaic cells, and investing in these would be a boon to the world...

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All aboard the Earthship

ALL of us live in homes that are dependent on larger systems to operate: electrical grids, heating and plumbing. Most...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:09am Read More

The qualities of kale

MANY local gardeners had their worst year ever in 2012, with the near-constant rain washing away soil, waterlogging roots and...

Tuesday, 26/02/13 - 9:58am Read More

Not so dumb blonde

Keep your advice to yourself please

WHEN you’re pregnant, it’s amazing how many people are self-proclaimed experts in baby care. Even those who don’t have kids of their own suddenly have strong opinions on how you should raise your child. These people don’t realise how stabby...

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The horrors of partnered prison

SO I finally finished with those blasted yoga classes. And not a moment too soon. In fact, the only reason...

Tuesday, 12/03/13 - 10:34am Read More

Not fat, just big bumped

I’VE had a very easy pregnancy thus far. No morning sickness, no cravings, no sleeplessness, no stretchmarks, and, as far...

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Following my passion

MORE and more, I’m starting to believe that I was German in a former life. No, I don’t mean my...

Tuesday, 22/01/13 - 11:58am Read More

Seeking refuge on the world wide web

ISN’T the internet a joyous thing? It simultaneously educates and infuriates. I’ve learned more useless information while trawling the web...

Tuesday, 20/11/12 - 2:18pm Read More

Getting to grips with the ins and outs of pregnancy

I KNOW I’ve written before about the many wonderful things about being pregnant but, in truth, there are also a...

Tuesday, 13/11/12 - 1:48pm Read More

Becoming unglued…

A FEW years ago, I had braces. Not the train track kind, the fancy Invisalign kind. (They were made of...

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