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Farmers vow to fight any changes to third-level grant eligibility

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Date Published: 21-Mar-2012

GALWAY farm leaders and opposition TDs have vowed to oppose ‘tooth and nail’ proposals being examined by Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, to take the asset value of farms into account when assessing qualification criteria for third level grants.

Farm representative groups like the IFA and ICMSA fear that they are being lined up for a ‘direct hit’ on the third level grants, following the establishment of a ‘Capital Asset Test Implementation’ group by the Education Minister.

Part of the proposals being considered by this group is the introduction of a mechanism into the assessment procedure that would factor in assets, including farms, in the decision making process for third level grant qualification.

Co. Galway IFA Chairman, Michael Flynn, told the Connacht Tribune that as soon as there was any word on farm incomes improving after having been in the doldrums for many years, plans seemed to be put in train to chip away at things like third level grants.

“We have no problem whatsoever with the means test for the third level grants but it must be based solely on the annual income of the farm family.

“It would be absolutely unjust if some accountant in the Department of Education decided that a farmer on a low income would not be entitled to a grant just because his farm asset had a paper value of a few hundred thousand euro,” said Michael Flynn.

The ‘asset test’ is proposed to play a part in the grant assessment process for the 2013/14 academic year, although Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, last week said that farm groups were ‘jumping the gun’ on the issue.

The Minister said that no decisions had been taken about what assets would be included in any changes in the means test and added that no proposals were even on the table yet.

However East Galway Fianna Fáil TD Micheál Kitt, told the Connacht Tribune that very definitely there ‘no smoke without fire’ on this proposal which he described as anti-rural and anti-farmer.

“Any proposal that would factor in the asset value of a farm instead of looking at the annual income of the farm family would be very definitely anti-rural and anti-farm.

“The qualification criteria for qualification to third level grants must be based on income – just because a farm has a ‘book value’ of what might seem a high figure, often bears little comparison with what the farm makes on an annual basis,” said Deputy Kitt.

He also pointed out that the full grant for third level students was now only available to those outside a 48km. radius of the college while the notion of ‘free fees’ was also a misnomer given that a registration fee of €2,000 was in place, possibly rising to €3,000 over the coming years.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

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A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.

 

For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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CanadaÕs Kaeshammer makes welcome return

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Date Published: 21-Mar-2013

After two sell-out shows at last year’s Galway Arts Festival , jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer returns to the Róisín Dubh on Thursday, April 14.

Michael’s latest album, Kaeshammer, which was recorded at Toronto’s Drive Shed and Keen Studios in 2010 and produced by Ron Lopata (Jacksoul, Ron Sexsmith), i s a gem, a set of original songs as playful as they are contagious. It blends ingredients from Kaeshammer’s store of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences.

The German born Canadian initially studied classical piano for seven years in his homeland Germany, before discovering boogie-woogie and stride piano at the age of 13.

He moved to Canada in 1995 and is is now renowned for playing a brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to jazz legends like Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons.

But while Kaeshammer’s fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences – the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker – on tracks like Kisses In Zanzibar and the high-energy, boogie fuelled romp, Rendezvous – he also takes his cue from one of his own all-time favourite records, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded in New Orleans.

Tickets for his show on April 14 are €18/€16, doors 8pm.

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Mervue United pay the price for not taking chances in cup clash

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Date Published: 25-Mar-2013

Edenderry Town 4

Mervue United 2

EARLY indications were that this was going to see a comfortable FAI Youth Cup success for Mervue Utd on Saturday as the visitors controlled matters, but poor finishing undermined some good approach play.

Mervue’s wastefulness continued and the home team struck against the run of play when Cian McMonigle fired Edenderry ahead on 34 minutes.

Mervue responded when Ryan Manning got on the end of an Aaron McDonagh delivery to power home a header and tie up matters.

Eoin Walsh then came close to putting Mervue ahead when he got on the end of a Manning lay off, but Edenderry goalkeeper Cain Brereton pulled off a magnificent save to keep the sides level.

The resumption started well as Mervue controlled matters in a confident manner and were rewarded when Manning set up Walsh to finish from close range for a 2-1 lead.

However the concession of a soft penalty on 51 minutes was to be the start of a rapid collapse. Edenderry equalised from the spot kick and worse was to follow for Mervue when a poor defensive clearance resulted in McMonigle completing his hat trick.

Chasing the game, Mervue left themselves open to the Edenderry counter attacks and the game was really up when Rory McNamee added a fourth on 61 minutes to set up a home semi final against Cork side Castleview.

PREMIER LEAGUE

East United 0

Mervue United 1

When Aidan Naughton got on the end of a splendid Denis Lydon cross with just two minutes left, his volley from ten yards looked goal bound until it struck the back of team-mate Tony Kelly to deflect was seemed a certain equaliser out for a goal kick.

It was such a moment that could have clinched a league title for the visitors as the Premier Division leaders hung on to an early lead goal from Stephen Cunningham.

That breakthrough came after just two minutes when right full Eric Browne fed the striker and after side stepping a defender, Cunningham fired past Anthony Ryan for an early winner.

In a hard fought derby clash at Castle Park, East gave as good as they got against Mervue. Mark Griffin found the side netting, while Christian Ryan was a constant threat throughout.

The introduction of Paul Sinnott in the second half added a touch of class to the visitors’ challenge and some silky footwork culminated in the midfielder bring a smart save from Ryan. Derek McWalter also tested the custodian, before Tommy Walsh and Cunningham failed to add to their tally in late rallies.

East were not without their moments as Luke Deacy fired wide, while left full Peter Hession dragged a close range shot wide of the far post.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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