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Easing the emotional obstacles to inner calm



Carol Kelleher, pictured with her first book Reflections of a Cleaning Lady. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Lifestyle – Former teacher reflects on seismic decision to refocus her life as a spiritual healer.  She talks to Bernie Ní Fhlatharta

It’s never easy to leave a permanent, pensionable post – but that’s what Carol Kelleher did, more critically at a time when she could least afford it. In hindsight it was for the best; giving her an unexpected opportunity to discover a hidden gift of healing which has opened up a whole new world to her and her family.

The Salthill native believes that being a healer is her true calling and one she would never have discovered if she hadn’t left her job.

Carol had loved her teaching job and held the position of Deputy Principal in a city primary school until she stepped down following a difference of ideologies with new management.

She remained on the teaching staff for a few more years, because she believes she had a vocation and a natural flair for teaching. But she felt she had no option but to resign when matters became intolerable.

This was a decision made at a time when it wasn’t economically viable for her and her husband and their five children to do so – but looking back twelve years later, she has no regrets, only gratitude.

Carol describes in her first book, Reflections of a Cleaning Lady, the angst and financial pressures surrounding that decision but remembers the love and support of her family, especially her husband Peadar.

“I took a risk for sure but I started reading a lot of self-help and spiritual books and I asked for guidance and I noticed a huge energy shift in myself. I started to get this understanding and awareness,” she says.

Around that time Carol took a philosophy course and it seemed that drew her into meditation and self-awareness courses.

She readily admits that meeting Cork-based global mystic and spiritual healer, Ger Lyons, made a huge difference to her life, leading her to becoming a healer who now runs her own Core Cellular Healing workshops.

Carol says she has found a calm in her life, a strength she didn’t know she possessed.

“When I started attending Ger’s workshops, I never thought I would ever be running my own workshops because I hadn’t the confidence and I was very shy. But the more I learned, the more I realised I had to share what I had learned and I started a weekly healing circle here at home.

“I do one-to-one healing and facilitate healing groups of up to 15 people in other venues outside of my own healing room which would be too small.

“Most of us have emotional blockages which stop us from living the lives we should be leading. These can be blockages going back to our childhood or even further.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Give even one big GAA game to Ballinasloe’



It’s the most centrally located ground in the country but Ballinasloe’s Duggan Park won’t host a single inter-county match this year – much to the annoyance of one local councillor who wants the GAA to allocate at least one big game to the venue.

Cllr Michael Connolly told a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council that the ground is entitled to host major football and hurling fixtures – even though all but one of the Galway footballers’ home league games are assigned to Pearse Stadium with the other one in Tuam.

“If they gave us one match in Duggan Park, it would be something,” he said. “But at the moment, it seems as if it is being ignored.”

The Moylough councillor described it as the most accessible ground in the country and a venue in which players and supporters like to travel to – unlike, he suggested, Pearse Stadium.

He said that it was “a hateful venue” and few GAA supporters relished the prospect of travelling to the “far side of the city” to watch a football or hurling match.

A recent meeting in Gullane’s Hotel to discuss Duggan Park was attended by Deputy Denis Naughton, Senator Aisling Dolan, Cllr Evelyn Parsons and Cllr Declan Kelly among others.

But the Duggan Park Committee then issued a statement saying that the ground is owned by Galway GAA and any use of the facility needed to be authorised – and no authorisation was given to the meeting organiser, former Mayor of Ballinasloe Joe Kelly, for this purpose.

Mr Kelly has been a staunch campaigner for the redevelopment of Duggan Park and has called on the local authority to row in behind this initiative.

They went on to say that there is a plan in place for the development of Duggan Park which is multiple staged which started with the new dressing rooms, flood lights and a new entrance to the venue.

Planning permission is in place for this development and that €500,000 has already been spent in the Duggan Park over the past number of years carrying out these projects.

The work in the ground, they say, is done to an excellent standard by local contractors with the support of the previous Town Council for grants and sports capital grants.

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Former tourism magnet officially on register of derelict sites



The fire-ravaged hotel that was once one of the most popular in the county is now officially considered a derelict site – and that has led a local councillor to call for it to be either redeveloped or levelled.

Portumna’s Shannon Oaks Hotel, for so long popular with anglers and golfers in particular, has been boarded up for more than a decade since it was destroyed by fire.

Local councillor, Jimmy McClearn, has called on the owners to reopen or sell the property – adding that it should either be levelled or redeveloped.

“We are a tourist town and we need a hotel. The last thing we want is for a hotel to be shut up,” he said.

“It is a fine facility and on an extensive site so there is no reason why it should be boarded up,” he added.

The Shannon Oaks saga has gone on for the past twelve years – but now the owners, the multi-millionaire Comer brothers, will be forced to pay a derelict site levy if they do not reopen or redevelop.

That amounts to a seven per cent levy based on the market value of the property, which is worth around €1 million even in its derelict state.

The Shannon Oaks was ravaged by fire in September 2011 and four years later, the site was acquired by the Comer Group who, at the time, gave an undertaking that it would be reopened.

Around two years ago, planning permission was granted by Galway County Council to Barry Comer of the Comer Group to renovate the hotel by providing 60 new bedrooms along with 40 apartments to the rear of the structure.

However, there has been little or no movement on the site since then and now the owners are being again asked to give some indication as to when the hotel will be rebuilt.

It is considered an integral part of the tourism industry for the town and that is why pressure is mounting on the owners to rebuild the hotel.

Cllr McClearn said that all he is asking for is the owners to develop the site and provide a hotel there. “It’s not much to ask in a tourist town,” he added.

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More than €200,000 worth of cannabis seized in East Galway



More than €200,000 worth of cannabis was seized in during two separate search operations in East Galway on Saturday.

Gardai from the Divisional Drugs Unit conducted a search at a residence in Aughrim and seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €146,000 and €20,000 worth of cannabis herb which will now be sent for analysis.

Two men (both in their 30s) were arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation and are currently detained at Galway Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.  Both men remain in custody.

A separate search was carried out at a residence in Ballinasloe yesterday afternoon and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €35,000 was seized. Cannabis jellies and €7,510 in cash were also seized.

A man in his 40s was arrested and later released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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