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A time for purgatory and penance – well maybe not

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November . . . A time for bell, book and candle.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

So the clock has changed and we’re back into the long nights and the start of Winter, even if all the meteorologists steadfastly refuse to acknowledge this time of year as the beginning of our least forgiving season.

The change of the clocks always seemed to bring clear definition to the start of Winter, although our very mild conditions of recent weeks have meant that the growing season looks set to meander on for another few weeks at least.

November is always a month that carried a sack of morbidity on its back as years back we were marched off to Mass on the first day of the month – All Saints Day – although it did bring with it the bonus of a day off school, thanks to the ‘old reliable’ of the Holy Day of Obligation.

In the local village of Abbeyknockmoy it was the big Fair Day for the second half of the year when all classes of sheep were offered for sale from scoury lambs to old ewes without a tooth in their mouths, and in fairness some decent ones in between as well.

There was excitement though with the Fair Day in that there was a wickedly early start to the morning with the sheep safely penned at least an hour before dawn broke.

The young lads were generally given the job of ‘policing’ the boundary walls along the roadside, a task that involved being able to ‘clear’ maring stone walls with all the jumping skills of an Arkle. Thankfully in those days, barbed wire was a rarity.

Somewhere along the way, Mass would be taken in to meet our obligations and we’d often say a prayer for a good price to be had for the lambs, as this transaction could often determine the ‘level of luxury’ – or lack of it – to be experienced that Christmas.

A return to school on the following morn – All Souls Day – saw little let-up in the religious fervour with the Franciscans reminding us, among other things, to pray with greater intensity in order to free our deceased family members from purgatory.

Indeed purgatory and November always seemed to go hand-in-hand, although it always baffled me how my favourite granny, with not a bad bone in her body who had passed away a few years previously, might have had to endure a five year sentence in a temporary ‘hot spot’ filling the middle ground between heaven and hell.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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City Council’s contempt for the public it serves

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A City Council picture showing an aerial view of work on the new pedestrian bridge. The local authority has not covered itself in glory when it comes to informing the public about road closures to facilitate the project.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Council appears to just do what it wants when it wants.

Last Friday, it officially closed a road at Newtownsmyth. It will be closed until October 28.

The closure, which was to commence last Friday, September 23, was to facilitate construction works on the new bridge at Salmon Weir for pedestrians and cycling.

It is essential work and the closure is necessary for health and safety purposes.

The City Council, as is only right and proper, advertised the closure in advance, online and in a free-sheet newspaper. So far, so good.

Except, as anyone who knows Newtownsmyth is aware, that road has been closed for weeks and even months prior to the September 23 official closure start date.

Trying to find the City Council’s closure order, and public notice, for closing the road at Newtownsmyth prior to September 23 has proved as difficult as sourcing the Third secret of Fatima.

Requests to City Hall’s communications department to confirm whether the Council had a legitimate closure order prior to September 23 have not shone any light on the subject.

And so, in the absence of an adequate response, is it reasonable to conclude that the Council did not have permission to close Newtownsmyth prior to September 23?

And if that’s the case, can the Council now just go around closing roads willy-nilly, without notice and without allowing input from residents and users of the road?

Maybe it was a mistake. If it was, why not say so? The Galway public is forgiving. Maybe they had gone through proper procedure, but why not just show us the notice if that’s the case?

For too long now, though, City Councillors have been treated with contempt by the unelected executive at City Hall and the suspicion is this closure without notice was just another manifestation of that contempt spreading to the public too.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Always someone waiting to be the new kid in town

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Dave O'Connell

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

The person who invented the flip phone probably thought that they were made up for life – and they possibly were because they’d have made a lot of money in a short space of time, but if they spent it as though this was a bottomless pit, it might not have been enough to last a lifetime.

We’d come from a time when the cutting edge of communication technology was a mobile device that was literally as big as a brick – so a little fold-away phone that doubled in size when you opened it out, or one of those where the mouthpiece slid from the back of the main phone, made us feel like things would never be the same again.

And then you discover that’s only the start of it; long before the iPhone came along with the whole world stored in the palm of your hand or an Android device allowed you to access all you’d ever need to know at the flick of a thumb, the flip phone was the dog’s proverbials.

But then so too were Amstrad computers, the budget option that made Alan Sugar a very rich man – wealthy enough to buy Tottenham Hotspur and discover that football is a way of leaking cash as quickly as computers might generate it.

Go back through recent history and you’ll find it’s littered with breakthroughs that seemed to take the world to a place that could never be bettered – only to find themselves on the technological scrapheap before the decade was out.

Telex machines, faxes, tape recorders, electronic organisers, camcorders, video players, floppy disks – all developments that looked set to make our world forever only to discover they were just another stepping stone on the way to hi-tech heaven.

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Champions Mountbellew-Moylough looking good to retain county crown

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St James' Adam Lee closes in on Leo of Mountbellew-Moylough's Leo Donnellan during Saturday's Senior Football Group 2 clash at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

MOUNTBELLEW-Moylough may have only won five Galway senior football titles in their history, but the way things are shaping in this year’s championship it’s difficult to bet against Val Daly’s troops not retaining the Frank Fox Cup.

Having made the breakthrough in Galway in 1964 – they retained the title the following year – Mountbellew-Moylough have been consistently to the forefront of Galway club football. Maybe, only three more championships have followed (1974, 1986 and 2021), but since 2008 they have featured in seven county finals.

Mountbellew-Moylough had a decent team during this period but, unfortunately for them, it coincided with Corofin’s golden era. The teams met in four county finals (2009, ’15, ’17 and ‘18) and Corofin won them all. And then when Mountbellew-Moylough were faced with different final foes – Moycullen in 2020 – they still came out second best.

But all that agony was finally ended last year when led by a terrific attacking display from Eoin Finnerty, Mountbellew-Moylough at last got the better of their nemesis Corofin in a county final. There was no doubt about their superiority either, carrying the day on a 1-12 to 0-9 scoreline at Pearse Stadium last November.

The new champions didn’t want to stop there, but their provincial campaign ended abruptly and controversially at Dr Hyde Park when losing out by a single point to Padraig Pearses of Roscommon. It was a tough outcome for Mountbellew-Moylough, especially as several baffling refereeing calls went against them in the closing minutes.

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