Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Western Star arrived in local shops last weekend as the countdown to Christmas continues.

First produced as a once-off publication at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Western Star proved to be such a popular initiative that the Western People decided to continue it beyond Covid and this year’s magazine is arguably the best yet.

The Western Star is now available in all local shops.

It is jam-packed with 120 pages of fantastic articles from some of the best-known writers in Mayo and beyond.

There is something for all the family in the Western Star, including 10 pages of children’s puzzles and stories, as well as recipes, crosswords, and festive fashion.

Nostalgia is one of the over-riding themes of previous editions of the Western Star and this year is no different. There is a wonderful selection of articles about life in Mayo in bygone years, including some evocative pieces by former Ballina residents Aubrey Maloney and Bernadette Craughwell (nee Allen). Castlebar native Tony Galvin looks back on a Christmas childhood in the county town while Kiltimagh writer Terry McDonagh takes a poetic trip through Mayo.

Many of the regular contributors to the Western Star are back, including Terry Reilly, Denis Daly, Pat McCarrick, James Reddiough, Helen Falconer, and Adrian Langan, while there are plenty of new voices too as more and more talented writers join our Western Star team.

The Western Star is retailing at €4, making it one of the best-value gifts you can purchase this Christmas.

It is available in all local newsagents, but make sure to pick up your copy fast as the print run is limited.

We also urge readers to let us know if they have been unable to source the Western Star and we’ll make sure to get it into your local shop.

You can also purchase the Western Star online at mayobooks.ie. It has very favourable rates for postage all around the world.

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