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Walking in the dark . . . a new habit that many people took up this Winter.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

I’m probably in the company of millions of people around the world in trying to eke out some smites out of consolation from our current tidal wave of woes that seem to be weighing us all down. At this point, I seem to have given up hope of ever seeing a bright evening again and taking a ramble through the fields long after the clock strikes eight bells.

There are those of us who have bemoaned our occasional (diplomatic term) to our local watering holes where all things great and small are discussed over a few pints of plain, but then the thought struck me of little plus over the holiday period.

Over the years, despite all of my best efforts, I never managed the absolute scourge of a hangover, or two, between the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

Despite the very best and sincerest of intentions there would inevitably be one party or one sing-song where the defences of self-discipline would be breached and suddenly a couple of hours would disappear into a black hole of time.

But, hey presto, I’m now hard pressed to recall the last time when that little man with the hammer was trying to break out from a spot inside the front of my scull; when a tummy did not want any rendezvous with food; and when that all-consuming tiredness of the ‘morning after’ would never seem to leave.

There were no late-night parties; none of those ‘we’ll just have one more’ moments; and none of those occasions when a pint is left in front of you and you know deep down that you’ve had enough.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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From pagan to Christian and all brought about by a young ‘Brit’

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The wheel of time continues to spin at a frantic pace with St. Patrick’s Day coming hot on the heels of our Christmas festival as we prepare to celebrate the life and times of our patron saint.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig is of course celebrated in many countries across the globe reflecting the grimmer economic times of Ireland through the 1800s and early part of the 20th century when thousands had to take the emigrant boat or plane to better themselves.

The story of St. Patrick is of course well documented both in history and legend – like most things of Irish hue, the life and times of our patron saint weren’t simple.

Patrick wasn’t Irish, being born into a wealthy enough English family, and as well as that, he’s not even a ‘proper saint’ of the Catholic Church, the latter ‘anomaly’ arising, due to the times he lived in, when there wasn’t a proper canonisation process in place.

Those little matters aside, Patrick continues to hold a special place in our hearts, even if the timing of his feast day can often coincide with spells of dodgy early spring weather while it also occurs before the clocks change into their summertime hours.

For all that, it was still a very welcome break for those of us, who back the years, didn’t have the same grá for school as the pupils of 2023.

We all received the usual history lesson about the life and times of Patrick in the run-up to March 17, as we were reminded of how he transformed our pagan ways into more Christian rituals. And it would be nice to think that we never looked back after that!

There were too the customary searches for shamrock whether it be in fields at the back of the school or on the family farm while the more affluent (everything being relative) pupils tended to wear green badges with harps attached on the big day.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time in our lives that none of us will ever forget

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Some very sad times during Covid.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

It is kind of strange how major events of this world act as memory markers for us. From an Irish context, there’s the Great Famine of the 1840s, the 1916 Rising, the World Wars, and of late the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

And of course there’s the ‘big one’ – that time in our lives when the word Covid entered our vocabulary and we found ourselves freewheeling into a world of restrictions that just a few weeks before their introduction would have been unimaginable.

There are also little incidental chats about when something happened or how long such-a-one has been dead which ends with the inevitable question: “Was it before or after the Covid?”

It’s easy too of course with the benefit of hindsight to look back at the raft of restrictions which were piled on top of us ordinary ‘God fearing’ people, such as not being able to travel more than three miles from our homes and having to have paperwork in your car to present at Garda checkpoints on the way to and from work.

We all hated the concept of the €9 meal if you wanted to have a pint in the local or the hassle of having to put on your face mask every time you move from your desk at work . . . but there were a lot worse things going on too.

I remember chatting to friends in the earlier and more draconian phases of the Covid restrictions who had been unable to visit parents in nursing homes as their loved ones entered the final days of their lives.

This was all brought into focus over the past week or so by a former member of NPHET (remember that, the National Public Health Emergency Team), Professor Martin Cormican at the University of Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A fruitless search for a cure to the common ailment of WAMK

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It’s a forlorn wish by now after a half-century of fruitless effort to try and stop losing all those simple things that help to see us through our days like keys, phones, glasses, remote controls, sun glasses, passports and wallets.  One of the few consolations I take from this little malaise is that in the end, I never really lose anything on a permanent basis . . . but I just can’t find things when I want them most.

There are those acquaintance of mine who might say that it’s connected to that grim (but still very welcome) birthday statistic that we’re reminded of once a year, with the receipt of ridiculous presents, cards and good wishes, but at least I have a very reliable alibi on that line of inquiry. Since my days in the short trousers, school bags, messages from the local shop, shoes, books, farming implements that I had handled and even bicycles, seemed to disappear into thin air after I had even the briefest of liaisons with them.

The affliction is of course exacerbated by what I would describe as multiple-option storage locations whether they be jackets, trousers, mechanically propelled vehicles of various ages and dimensions, outdoor sheds and even extra rooms that have been added on to my living space. The threats really do come from everywhere.

A few years back when listening to one of those really serious programmes that you tend to hear on Radio 1, there was a sense of tension between my ears when one of those mind gurus who knew everything about skull interiors, was asked about the reasons for the WAMK (Where Are My Keys) ailment. Sometimes, WAMK (careful with the spelling) contains an F (hint: insert before K). This condition is also known as DASASOK (Did Anyone See a Set of Keys).

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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