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Aircraft reclining seats can send you into orbit

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WGC Bridgestone Champion Shane Lowry with Joe Quinn and TG4's Aine Lally last week, during the golfer’s personal appearance at McGettigan’s Galway for an exclusive Q&A session for invited guests. The Offaly native is a brand ambassador for McGettigan’s.

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There are many reasons to love Michael O’Leary – the main one is that, without him, we’d still be paying a small mortgage to Aer Lingus to fly us to London and back.

But equally laudable is his apparent disdain for reclining seats on his aircraft.

Now his motivation might be to make more money by having more seats – but either way, the end result that a flight where the person in front of you doesn’t come dangerously close to sitting on your lap is always a more enjoyable experience.

Quite frankly all airline seats should be as inflexible as a Troika delegation looking at Ireland’s bank debt – there should be more movement in fox after taxidermy and more give in the DUP on the question of a United Ireland.

Ryanair’s reasoning for banning the recliners was that the airline estimated that it had to replace around 40 reclining seats on each of its planes each year due to breakage.

In other words, some jack ass who thinks he should be able to turn his seat into a bed irrespective of the intrusion into the space of the poor unfortunate behind him.

I had full interaction with one of these jokers, returning from our summer holiday. Clearly he’d abandoned all sleep during his week away because no sooner had he arrived in his seat than he opted for horizontal approach to flying, donning eye shades and ear plugs for good measure.

That necessitated a gentle shove from the air hostess to get him into the upright position, at least until the plane was off the ground and she had gone through the complex rigmarole of showing us how to fasten a seat belt.

But five minutes later he was flat out again and I was soon experiencing the joys of not having to lift my hand to drink my coffee – because it was effectively locked into positive within inches of my face.

Even the not-so-gentle digging of knees into his back failed to bother our sleeping friend, so in the end it was easier to give up and trying and sit at a slant which might otherwise have suggested I’d been the victim of a serious accident.

And the truth is that despite the fact I never put my own seat back in deference to whoever is sitting behind me, the person in front pushes back on every single flight.

Worse still is the odd occasion when you arrive to a half-empty plane – now brimming with confidence that you’ll have you own space – when someone jumps into the empty seats in front of you…..and puts all three seat backs in full reclining position!

The fact that there’s actually no benefit in this seems lost on them; it’s just like another expansion of your kingdom in the clouds, like taking free sweets just because you can.

The downside is that the other person can no longer open a laptop, read a newspaper, balance their food tray or avoid deep vein thrombosis by stretching their legs.

For  more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Knowing where you come from helps with where you’re going to

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Every clan should have a clansman like Joe Mannion in their midst – because if a family tree is made up of many branches, it’s going nowhere without someone to feed it at the roots.

To describe Dr Joe – and that is to accord him his proper title – as passionate about the Mannion Clan is like saying the Pope doesn’t mind Mass; he lives and breathes the history of his family through the centuries; he revels in reuniting distant cousins, and he is fanatical in telling the story of a clan that is firmly embedded in the heart of East Galway for well over half a millennium.

Last weekend Mannions from the United States, England, Scotland and all over Ireland gathered in their ancestral village of Menlough to meet; to learn more of their roots; and to visit the many sites around Menlough, Moylough, Abbeyknockmoy and surrounds that bear witness to their integral place in the history of Galway.

They were in their dozens rather than their hundreds – although the launch of the Mannion Clan a few years back did pack the Community Centre to the rafters – but their sense of pride and their delight in being among their own was more uplifting than if they had filled Croke Park.

And that was all down to Dr Joe, whose passion for his subject knows no bounds. The son of Mannions on both sides, he’s in every sense a thoroughbred whose love of history and pride in his family meant that the Mannion story was the obvious theme for his own PhD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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One person’s useless tat is another’s stuff of dreams

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The world is divided into two kinds of people; those who like to live in a world of clean, white lines and minimal clutter – and those of us who just love accumulating stuff.

Stuff covers a multitude, which – depending on your perspective – might be alternatively defined as either the souvenirs or detritus of your life.

Books, match programmes, concert ticket stubs, seashells, Dinky cars, beer mats…it’s all stuff that one person wants to treasure and the other, invariably, wants to throw straight out in the bin.

And it’s at the core of a fair percentage of domestic differences too – ‘it’s my stuff’; ‘don’t move my stuff’; ‘your stuff is taking over the house’ – because, for every hoarder, there’s an aspiring Marie Kondo who wants to take minimalism to new heights.

Attics are invariably full of stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day in years; old cardboard boxes of childhood toys, suitcases packed with dusty photo albums, boxes of video cassettes for which there is no longer a VCR; clothes that you didn’t want but also didn’t want to throw out – and it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in fashion and you’ll have shed the three stone it would take to close the zipper.

Overall, it’s the kind of stuff that you hoped you’d get back to and wallow in nostalgia, years after you consigned it to the darkest recesses of the eaves.

Those who abhor clutter have a different approach, working on the basis that – if you have stuff stored in a box and you don’t open that box for three years – you don’t need that stuff anymore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sense of belonging that brings it all back home

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It was a chat with a ‘Galwegian in exile’ that brought it all home to me; although now domiciled in the capital for more years than he’d lived in the west, he was delighted to bring his Dublin-born daughter to the All-Ireland Football Final wearing her maroon jersey.

To be honest, she’d probably have gone to Croke Park dressed as Elsa from Frozen because it was just a day out – but Daddy couldn’t have been prouder if his eleven-year-old came on for Damien Comer with five minutes to go.

The sense of place is understandable when it comes to ourselves as born-and-bred Galwegians, because while you can change where you live as often as you like, even if you wanted to, you can never change where you’re from.

But trying to impose your own geographical heritage on the next generation is alternatively seen as understandable and a little selfish at the same time.

It’s a topic for discussion in our own house on occasion because while the two lads grew up in Galway, they were in fact born in Dublin – and if they want to pull my chain, all they have to do is remind of that fact.

My reply is a tired and stock one, to the effect that although Jesus was born in a stable, nobody ever suggested that made him a horse.

The more serious point is that you are shaped by your formative years rather than the maternity hospital of your arrival – and those years were spent in Galway.

Galway is their point of reference for sport and music and school friends and nights out and pubs and college – and almost everything else that really matters.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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