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A mix of science and common sense to see us through abyss

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Over a century ago but echoes of today as schools and churches closed through the course of 1918.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

It’s a little debate over recent years that now seems so innocent in the context of what has been happening over the past 11 months – namely poring over the pros and cons of whether one should get the flu injection or not. There were those who said they had sore arms for a time after the flu injection and also swore that they developed flu symptoms for a few days afterward: some insisted they would never bother with it.

My claim to fame about the reaction to the flu jab came a couple of months when I thought my arm and shoulder seemed a tad sore after getting the prod, only to realise a few days later that the tender spot was on ‘the other shoulder’.

One way or another, it didn’t seem to be a matter of life and death, whether the jab was got or not, although the medical evidence is there, that we’ll refer to as ‘standard influenza’, can deliver quite a knock-out blow.

I cannot recall one person I’ve met over recent times who got the flu and just at a cursory glance, there seems to be very few, if any, flu cases occurring in Ireland this Winter. Possibly, just a little spin-off from our mask wearing, social distancing and staying-at-home way of life that by now, we’ve nearly all got used to.

And yet, I occasionally think back to stories by late father used to relate to me about the Spanish Flu back in 1918 to 1920, and how it had killed millions of people all over the world.

On closer examination, our current Covid crisis – bad and all as it is – probably isn’t a patch on what the world endured in the two years that followed the ending of the first World War in 1918.

When, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the slaughter eventually stopped on the green fields of France and surrounding countries, little did the world realise at the time, that another killing machine had already been launched upon them but had been kept quiet.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

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