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Foodie heaven as community reaps the fruits of its harvest

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The Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Donal Lyons, with volunteers and local people in the Ballinfoile Mor Community Garden. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Lifestyle –  Judy Murphy sees, and tastes, how a community garden initiative has mushroomed into a major success

No less a source than the bible tells us that the labourer is worthy of his wages – and that was clearly the case on Saturday when volunteers from the unique Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden on the outskirts of Galway City held a party to celebrate the fruits of their hard work during the year.

The garden’s shed, polytunnels, eating areas and vegetable beds were buzzing as families gathered to feast on an array of food from salads to bacon and cabbage, cooked in the traditional way over an open fire. There was any amount of cakes too, notably a delicious crumble, made with apples from the garden and wild blackberries. Homemade brown bread was served with blackberry and raspberry jam, and there was a sloe preserve, made with the bitter fruit picked in the nearby Terryland Forest Park by Iranian women, Sohila and Myriam.

Produce on display ranged from potatoes, spinach, cauliflower and tomatoes to exotic ‘ancestral’ cucumbers, turban squash and Asian herbs.

This was foodie heaven, but unlike the world of high-end restaurants where locally sourced and ‘foraged’ food comes at a price, there was no charge. Instead people who could afford to were asked to make a donation – with all money raised being reinvested in this community initiative. There was a real buzz with the mix of ages and nationalities demonstrating multi-culturalism and community spirit at its best.

“The idea of the harvest is that we give out what we have produced, and we eat together to get to know each other,” says Brendan Smith, one of the driving forces behind this project.

The Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden was set up four years ago by local people who wanted to create a sense of community in the Headford Road area of the city where housing estates had mushroomed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The result was thousands of houses and families in a place that had no proper social infrastructure.

A Community Centre, which residents had been campaigning for since 1985 has only recently become a reality, while sports facilities were also sadly lacking for the past 30 years.

“There were very few opportunities for people to interact because there were no facilities,” says Brendan.

This garden, developed on the edge of the man-made Terryland Forest Park on City Council owned land, aimed to change that.

“We asked the Council to delineate an area for the garden, and we run courses here, so it’s an opportunity for people to learn life skills,” explains Brendan, who is aptly nicknamed Speedie.  He talks a mile a minute as he guides visitors, including City Mayor Donal Lyons through the different areas of the half-acre site, showing them the colourful sections created by local children before moving on to the orchard, where pear, plum and apple trees sit alongside berry and currant plants. Here, too, is a plantation, where willow trees are being grown with a view to creating baskets and natural tunnels – willow twigs are very malleable, so are ideal for hedging and for tunnels, he explains.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Living with the ignominy of anonymity on social media

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Technically, I am on Facebook and Twitter, but I can never seem to quite motivate myself to tell all my virtual friends that my dog has overeaten today; that the cat has disappeared again without a word of explanation; or that the neighbour down the road is driving out in a brand-new car.

At times, I imagine that I’m suffering from some type of serious personality disorder because of my failure to get excited about sharing the most boring details of my daily chores with a cohort of people, some of whose names I am familiar with, while others could have no possible connection to my existence on this planet.

Mind you, I bear no animosity towards those people who want to befriend me via the world of fibre optics and instant communication from any part of the globe, but neither do I harbour any great desire to start up conversations about the banalities of life.

It really is bad enough to have to endure and survive those tribulations every day without having to trouble my newly-acquired set of friends – that I don’t know – with the details of how good or bad my day has been.

I’m sure that there are super ‘shrinks’ out there who will make a case for the virtue of being able to share your daily woes and wonders with those in the world of cyber space, but a thousand Facebook communications (not that I’ll ever make them) just can never compensate me for a face-to-face interaction with an old friend or even a regular verbal sparring partner in the local watering hole, who can jibe me about some alleged minor transgression on my part over recent times.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Huge study gives thumbs up to dairy in the diet

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Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Every time I go to a café, I am amazed by the offering now available for people who no longer want to add milk to their brew. Even in the tiniest of coffee kiosks, they stock oat, soy or almond milk as an alternative to cow’s milk, usually for a surcharge of around 50c, reflecting the high cost of these alternatives.

The big food companies have lately got in on the act, offering non-dairy yogurts in the convenient small pots in most supermarkets. Customers no longer have to head to the health store for these premium, specialist products.

The trend to non-dairy and vegan diets – which means no animal products at all – has certainly become mainstream among Generation Z and Millennials.

But is it good for your health?

A comprehensive new study originating in Sweden would suggest otherwise – at least when it comes to the consumption of dairy.

The international team of scientists studied the dairy fat consumption of 4,150 adults aged 60 living in Sweden which has the world’s highest levels of dairy production and consumption.

They measured blood levels of a particular fatty acid that is mostly found in dairy foods rather than relying on people recording the amounts and types of dairy foods eaten, which may be unreliable given that dairy is commonly used in a variety of foods.

Experts then followed this group for an average of 16 years to observe how many died, had heart attacks, strokes and other conditions indicating cardiovascular disease (CVD). After statistically adjusting for other known CVD risk factors such as age, income, lifestyle, dietary habits, they concluded that those with higher intakes of dairy fat had a lower risk of CVD compared to those with low intakes.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway In Days Gone By

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At the official opening of the new tile factory in Portumna on January 13, 1967.

1921

Tenants’ desperation

That the land question is far from settled in certain areas is obvious to those who have been reading the series of articles contributed to these columns by a correspondent in South Galway. The slowness of the Congested Districts Board has been proverbial.

Our correspondent suggests that failure to effect local settlements within a reasonable time, coupled with the inefficiency he charges, have brought about a condition of discontent which may result in a violent explosion at any moment.

No one could contemplate with equanimity such an outburst, for it might have an effect far beyond that intended and might endanger national peace at a period when its preservation is of supreme moment to the Irish people.

But it would seem indisputable that the Congested Districts Board is taking risks that no public body is entitled to take; and the completion of the division of the estates involved should be pushed forward in the public interest without further unnecessary delay.

The tenants on the Ardilaun estate at Cong have already taken the matter into their own hands. At a meeting attended by congests, some of whom walked fifteen miles to be present, it was declared that all confidence had been lost in the Congested Districts Board “which has long since practically ceased to function on this estate” and the tenants requested Dáil Éireann to take over the administration.

The facts in regard to the Ardilaun property are sufficiently remarkable to afford in themselves a damnatory criticism of the Board’s methods. It contains seven hundred householders, whose average valuation is from 15s. to £3. Congestion and poverty is abound; there is little untenanted land to relieve either.

Migration of bodies of tenants is the only real and permanent remedy. But nine years after the late Lord Ardilaun expressed his desire to sell, the Congested Districts Board has not, it would appear, put forward any real effort to relieve a distressing situation.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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