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Difficult to see Corofin slipping up at this stage of the season

John McIntyre

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Oughterard players celebrate their Connacht Club Intermediate football final win over The Neale at MacHale Park last Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

IT’S a Connacht club football showdown between the championship’s aristocrats and rookie opposition. A Corofin team chasing a record-breaking tenth provincial title coming up a Roscommon outfit who are complete strangers to this level of competition. On the surface, it looks like a no-contest and that’s how the bookmakers see it too – the reigning All-Ireland champions priced at a prohibitive 1/6 to carry the day.

Certainly, if Corofin rediscover the verve and clinical finishing which stamped their two All-Ireland triumphs in 2018 and last March, Padraig Pearses haven’t a prayer of causing an upset at Tuam Stadium on Sunday, but it’s long odds against Kevin O’Brien’s charges hitting that level of fluency judging on their recent displays at the same venue.

In their last three games at Tuam Stadium, Corofin have been held to a draw in the county final by Tuam Stars; won the replay by just three points; before accounting for Ballintubber by 1-10 to 0-11 in the provincial semi-final. All those games became something of a grind for Ronan Steede and company, rather than exhibitions of swashbuckling football.

Yet, Corofin have always found a way out of trouble in completing a magnificent seven-in-a-row of county titles and also staying on course for a fourth provincial championship on the trot. The last day against Ballintubber, a second-half goal from raiding defender Liam Silke proved decisive, but they still endured some fraught moments as was the case in the two games with Tuam Stars.

Given all that they have won, it’s no surprise that Corofin possess daunting levels of self-believe and inner resolve. They know that they won’t be the ones to blink first in a contest going down to the wire and their reputation is such now that many opposition teams head into the same arena as them more in hope than confidence.

For all that, this Corofin team can’t stay going forever and with Tuam Stadium not a venue which tends to bring the best out of them – at least on recent evidence – they will still have to be mentally switched on for opposition that they have never played before. In some ways, that will help them as the novelty of the fixture may create some extra excitement in their ranks and, generally, that is no bad thing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Staying safe and secure during the festive season

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Sergeant Michael Walsh

Garda Crime Watch with Sergeant Michael Walsh

WE are heading into one of the busiest times of the year in terms of shopping and travel but it’s also a time when everyone must stay vigilant and alert as regards crime, theft and scams. Staying safe too on our roads over the holiday period has to be a top priority – here are 12 tips that will help you to enjoy a safer, more secure and happier Christmas.

  1. Christmas shoppers are advised not to leave purchases unattended in their cars as we see a spike in thefts from cars, especially during peak shopping times which is 2pm to 9pm. Lock your car and don’t leave any valuables on display. We also see an increase in thefts from the person as opportunistic thieves may seize the chance to steal a purse/wallet/keys/handbag while a shopper is distracted. Don’t make it easy for the criminal, keep cash and other valuable items in an inside secure pocket or other secure location.
  2. Lock-Up & Light-Up is the key message in An Garda Síochána’s anti-burglary awareness campaign which encourages homeowners to protect their homes over the winter months, when burglaries traditionally tend to rise. Check your outdoor lights all work properly, and consider using a timer switch to bring on an internal light when you’re not home.
  3. Online fraud and cybercrime is prevalent all year round, but with increased on-line shopping on the run-up to Christmas ensure you are safe. Never buy anything online from an un-encrypted website. You’ll know if a site is secure because it will start with HTTPS, instead of just HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will also appear, typically to the left of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Pay using a credit card as it will have more protection.
  4. As the weather turns colder, check on older or vulnerable people who may be living alone. Dropping in to say hello or a quick phone call to make sure everything is okay will always be welcome. Snow and ice can often be a problem as many may not be able to get out to buy food, fuel or medical supplies.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Recapturing the lost art of beautiful handwriting

Dave O'Connell

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

If you get any post at all these days, chances are it’s a bill, it’s in a brown envelope with your name and address clearly typed a transparent window. And then, once in a very blue moon, a handwritten letter drops through the letterbox, proving once again that what’s rare is truly wonderful.

Even better if the writer has taken pride in their handwriting, and the envelope is embellished with swirling letters and affectations – overflowing with calligraphy that might have been written with a quill.

But the sad reality is that no one really does joined-up writing anymore.

Even if it’s handwritten, it’s all block letters, which of course makes it easier to read – but it’s robotic, impersonal, arguably cold.

Those sweeping curves and letters used to reveal so much about the writer, things a text will never tell you. It isn’t even the text abbreviations; it’s just that anyone can write a text but not everyone can construct a letter.

Remember the hours spent in Junior Infants perfecting those joined-up letters, dotting all those i’s and crossing every t?

Remember the innocent love letters where the i’s dot was replaced by a love heart, where the g’s and the y’s at the end of a sentence could be finished with a flourish that served as a sort of sweeping underlining?

Remember the days when you had a ‘good pen’ that was kept in school; a fountain pen that you had to buy ink refills for, but which just felt so special when you were given occasion to use them?

You concentrated that much harder to make your work legible, and the method became as important as the actual subject matter.

We all had a sweeping signature too – not for autographs but for cheques. Now we sign our life and money away with a PIN code instead of a pen.

The truth is that, for all of the obvious advantages of the digital age, it has cost us the art of penmanship, the exercise of composing a letter or an entry into a diary or just a simple note.

Nobody I know writes out a shopping list these days, but if they did it would be on their phone. A growing number don’t even do that anymore; instead they’ll go online and just tick the box on what they want and have it delivered.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Rural Ireland fails to provide youth with even a basic level of critical services

Francis Farragher

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ONE of the biggest challenges facing rural youth in the West of Ireland is the inadequacy of the public transport system, according to new research published by National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).

Young people who were surveyed in different parts of Ireland – including the West – described rural transport in their local areas as ‘virtually non-existent, unreliable, irregular and expensive’.

The young people surveyed still hadn’t progressed to the stage where they were in a position to drive themselves and consequently were either dependent on public transport or in getting lifts from their parents.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) recommends that the Government should introduce a public transport subsidy for those under the age of 18 years as well as providing community buses for rural counties and a fund to provide the cost of insurance and fuel.

Marie-Claire McAleer, head of research and policy at the NYCI said that limited public transport had massive implications for young people.

She said that the impact of limited public had implications for access to education, training and employment opportunities as well as access to mental health or sexual health services available in urban settings.

“Without public transport, accessing services in urban settings is not feasible and this coupled with the poor broadband infrastructure, inhibits young people’s access to vital supports and information available online,” she said.

The 102 page research document entitled: ‘Youth Work in Ireland. A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Provision of Youth Work in a Rural Context’, was officially launched last week in Castlebar by Minister for Rural and Community Affairs, Michael Ring.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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