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Direct Provision offers friendship and hope – for all its flaws

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In the community garden at the Eglinton Direct Provision Centre, Salthill. From left, Kay Synott, Luka Chinchaladze, Favour Innocent, Aicha Essektani, Jihad Essektani, Amira Essektani, Emmanuela Innocent, Ekaterine Kuantidze and Brendan Smith. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

There’s often a chasm between public perception and reality. There’s a belief out there that Direct Provision is a ghastly world, akin to prison without cells.

But at the Eglinton Direct Provision Centre in Salthill, on a Saturday morning just days before Christmas, the truth is that there’s a lot more in common between this centre and a community centre. The conditions are not like anything that could be described as prison-like.

That’s not to say this system doesn’t have major flaws – it does, but for most people now residents in this former nightclub and hotel, the Eglinton offers security and friendship they didn’t think they’d find when they were forced to flee their homelands.

It’s just after 11am and a hive of activity is taking over the centre’s tearoom, where a carol concert is about to begin. Residents are filtering in, some to watch and others carrying instruments ready to lead the children in renditions of Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

Among the crowd is a group of people from Oughterard – a place where Direct Provision made headlines this year when attempts to open a centre were opposed by locals. Those who came to the Eglington had raised funds in the village to help with the centre’s community garden..

Also there is Rosscahill-based Kay Synott, the woman behind school gardens across Galway city and county, and the person who, with volunteer Brendan Smith, created a community garden run by the residents at the Eglinton.

It’s amazing how music, toys, sport, gardening, and even the Xbox, are a universal language, says Kay, who was there at the early stages of setting up the garden, and has since come back as a volunteer to offer advice where it’s needed.

See full feature in this week’s Connacht Tribune – in the shops this Friday.

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway historian’s 14 new books bring running total to 70!

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Steve Dolan.

There may be a book in everyone – but producing 18 of them for publication in one week is taking it to a different level. And yet that’s what Galway historian Steve Dolan has done for Heritage Week. . . adding 18 books this year to bring him up to 70 over the last seven years – and he’s firmly committed to hitting one hundred.

By day – and given the workload, increasingly by night – he is the chief executive of Galway Rural Development (GRD), but the Carrabane resident has had a lifelong passion for history. And that’s what he turns to as a form of relaxation which peaks at this time every year.

Not alone that; he already has the first five of next year’s publications completed – and he’s only starting!

This year’s booklets are all on the theme of Gaelic Games and every one of them is in aid of a different community group or charity. Theoretically, they are limited editions, but – given his own love of the subject matter – he won’t see anyone who shares that passion miss out.

While all eighteen new publications share that GAA theme, the diversity of subject matter within that is breath-taking – and an incredible achievement in terms of the workload and production.

From the story of the county title that Liam Mellows were robbed of in 1942 to the contribution of An Cath Gaedhealach to Galway GAA in 1947/48 or Galway’s 1923 and 1925 All-Ireland victories to sport in County Galway during the revolutionary years; the books are as much about social history as about sport.

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And if they are of interest to you, you can contact Steve at sdolan@grd.ie to buy them.

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Scenic farmland for sale in Joyce Country

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Stunning vista: the farmhouse (bottom left of photo) for sale in Knockaunban Valley.

An outstanding residential hill farm in the renowned Maam Valley – better known as Joyce Country – a stunning and scenic hill farming area between Leenane and Maam.

Located in the Knockaunbaun Valley, which is a part of the Maum Turk mountain range, the farm extends to 114.04 hectares (281.79 acres) and is held in three large sections with other smaller sections along Bealnabrack River which flows into Lough Corrib nearby.

It provides excellent hill grazing on which a small herd of cattle and a large flock of sheep were farmed for many years. The land on both sides of a country lane is well fenced in the valley while a large section of hill on the Maum Turks being unfenced.

The dwelling house is nestled in a grove of pine trees is an 1930s cottage which consists of an entrance hall, living area, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The roof and windows of the property were upgraded several years ago. However, the dwelling is in need of full refurbishment.

It has a private water source, mains electricity and a telephone connection. To the rear of the house there are a selection of traditional farm sheds with a storage shed to the front of the dwelling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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