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New biography of Galway rebel leader who never sought the limelight

Judy Murphy

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Pictured at the O' Brien Press 16 Lives series, launch at Hodges and Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin were authors Mary Gallagher who wrote about Eamonn Ceannt and Shane Kenna who wrote about Thomas MacDonagh. Photo: Colm Mahady/Fennells.

Lifestyle – Judy Murphy meets the author of a new biography on key 1916 figure Éamonn Ceannt

Although Éamonn Ceannt was just two years of age in 1883 when his family left his birthplace of Ballymoe, Co Galway, this unlikely revolutionary always regarded himself as a Galwegian. He met his wife Áine in Galway and it was to Spiddal that he came as a young man when he decided to learn Irish.

Éamonn Ceannt, who was a key figure in the 1916 Easter Rising and signatory to Ireland’s Proclamation of Independence, was executed by the British Crown for his role in the rebellion.

His life is the subject of a new biography, commissioned by O’Brien Press as part of a series to mark the lives of the 16 men who were executed in 1916. All the books in the 16 Lives Series will be available for the centenary of the Rising next year.

16 Lives: Éamonn Ceannt was written by Mary Gallagher, the revolutionary’s grand-niece, and an ideal person for this task. After taking early retirement from the Civil Service, Mary, who already had a BA from UCD, returned to university to study genealogy, family history and modern Irish history.

She acknowledges a debt of gratitude to Galway historian, William Henry, who penned the first ever account of Ceannt’s life.

Éamonn, Supreme Sacrifice: The Story of Éamonn Ceannt: 1881-1916 was published in 2005, and opened up a window to the past for her.

When William was writing his biography, he approached Mary and her late sister, Joan, for assistance and, while they were happy to help, she realised that her knowledge of her maternal grand-uncle was limited.

“I hadn’t known that much about my family background until then,” she acknowledges.

Mary discovered further material while researching her book, so it contains information that has never previously been in the public domain.

Éamonn Ceannt was born as Edward Kent in Ballymoe, near the Roscommon border in 1881. His father was an RIC Constable during a tumultuous time in the West of Ireland, when near-famine conditions and anger over tenants’ rights had led to the establishment of the Land League.

Constable James Kent came from Munster farming stock. As a landless second son, the RIC offered him a career and he joined in1862 when Ireland was at relative peace. He and his Cork-born wife Johanna had seven children, with Éamonn being the second youngest.

The family’s move from Galway in 1883, when James was promoted, meant that they avoided much of the Land War in the West of Ireland.

But that agrarian war sowed the seeds for the revolutionary movement, in which James’ son, Ned – or Éamonn as he became – would later be a key player.

The family moved firstly to Drogheda and later to Dublin, where the children worked hard and did well, or as well as lower- and middle-class Catholic men could do at the time, says Mary. Éamonn, who attended the Christian Brothers, was a bright, diligent student, but university was not an option.

He considered several careers, including one as a reporter with the Irish Independent, but didn’t like the idea of working day and night, so decided against it.

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

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Moving forward with new wisdom

Stephen Glennon

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According to Gerry, the pace at which many people live their lives isn’t sustainable.

Lifestle – Top sports psychologist Gerry Hussey has written a book designed to help more people unlock their potential and enrich their lives. He explores big issues including science and spirituality and shares his own story to demonstrate to readers what they are capable of, as he explains the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other in order to achieve real freedom. He tells STEPHEN GLENNON how it evolved.

Sports psychologist Gerry Hussey has enjoyed great success guiding Olympic and World champions, elite sportspeople and top teams to reach their goals. With his new book, Awaken Your Power Within, he hopes to enable more people to unlock their potential.

Over the past two decades, the Glenamaddy native’s reputation has grown hugely. Also known as ‘The Soul Coach’, he’s now regarded as a leader in sports psychology.

Having also studied philosophy and theology in college, Gerry was always interested in exploring bigger questions about a person’s place in the universe. He’s done that in this book.

The Covid-19 lockdowns gave Gerry the opportunity to delve deeper and write Awaken Your Power Within, to help people walk the path of self-discovery and open their minds to their untapped possibilities.

He believes the “natural interest” in exploring these issues has grown during the pandemic, with people questioning what is really important in life.

“They are now asking ‘do I really want to go back into the old way? What part of the old life do I want to bring back?’ We lived in this haze of busy and everyone we met was busy. It had become so normal that people were busy and tired.”

The pace at which many people live their lives isn’t sustainable, Gerry says. In this book, he wants to show that if a person is on the go 24/7, the body will respond by producing more stress hormones.

“Eventually, there is a damaging impact on our physical health. I want to prove with the science in the book that if we live in this constant state of go-go-go, eventually the body will break down.”

Gerry had this book in his head for almost a decade, but it wasn’t until two years ago that “something clicked”. That was when he spent three intensive days with renowned author, Dr Joe Dispenza, whose teachings marry science and spirituality in his book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

“I came out of there and said I know the shows I want to do, and created these things called ‘Soul Sundays’. We ran them and they sold out. I think, when he was connecting quantum physics and how the energy field of the universe connects to the mind and the body, then it clicked.”

Until then, Gerry had sometimes struggled to balance his belief in God with elements of science, but Dispenza helped him understand the connections. He now says the answers to life’s bigger questions can’t be found in just one field, but many, including theology, psychology, quantum physics, medicine, nutrition and neuroscience.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

Stephen Corrigan

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During an ESB power strike in April 1972, petrol pumps had to be operated with a winder, but Declan Forde of Prospect Hill, Gawlay City, found a more novel way of doing it - using a bicycle. The back tyreless wheel of the bicycle was connected to the pump by a belt, with the pedals rotating as petrol was pumped. Declan commented at the time: "This unique method brought us more customers, because by using the bike we pumped the petrol three times faster than the ordinary ESB current." Also in the photograph are Pat Kenehan (right) watching Joe Flaherty operate the pump.

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Bad buying policy

It is interesting and useful to speculate how far the conditions that prevailed at Galway great annual fair on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were due to its postponement on the one hand, and to the circumstances of our time on the other.

No doubt, the enforced adjournment and the uncertainty as to when the fair would be held combined to reduce the attendance.

It is possible that stock which, in the ordinary course, would have been taken to the fair had it been held at the appointed time, were disposed of by other means. Against this we have the fact that the fixture in point of attendance and sales was smaller than a normal monthly fair.

The truth is that cumulative causes contributed to its partial failure. Of these the postponement was only incidental. Only 159 wagon loads of stock left Galway during the two days against 259 at the annual fair last year and 360 the previous year.

Whilst the Midland Great Western Railway Company did all that could have been expected in the circumstances to assist in making the fair a success, the Great Southern did practically nothing at all. Six wagons were placed at the disposal of purchasers by the latter company on the Limerick-Sligo branch.

This is illustrated by the fact that most of those who attended Galway fair arrived on the evening before; few ventured to make the journey on the actual morning of the fair. Again, buyers report that owing to the difficulties of transport, and the recent unnecessary foot and mouth scare, they cannot tranship cattle to anything like the same extent as formerly, and owning to the prolonged drought, there is a shortage of grass for grazing in the rich midland counties where extensive buyers keep their stock from one fair to the other.

Apart from these causes, another much more interesting explanation is given. It is suggested is that the country farmer has not yet realised that there is a considerable drop in prices, and has not adapted himself to the new conditions.

This fall, it is clamed, is likely to be retrogressive under present conditions. The cost of living is falling, and must fall still further in order to restore “the economic balance”. Yet farmers prefer to hold back their stock in expectation, apparently, that something like old prices will be restored, rather than part with them. This, a cattle-buying expert informs us, is bad policy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Bagging a bargain in dream designers

Denise McNamara

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Gucci GG Marmont reversible belt.

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Whether you’re into handbags or shoes, watches or suits, designer brands are always going to be expensive. However, it may surprise you to learn that their cost varies dramatically around the world.

Research from money.co.uk analysed the price of luxury fashion items in different countries to reveal the cheapest – and most expensive – countries to buy iconic designer goods if you happen to find yourself with a sneaky Lotto win.

As part of this Luxury Price Index, the company researched items that have stood the test of time and have long been a staple of the wealthier wardrobe.

Some of these are actually investment pieces – hold onto them and sell them on ebay in years to come and see that investment potentially double – or even triple.

And if you can save over a grand in the process, all the better.

That’s particularly true of designer bags.

Or pass them onto your kids and grandkids who will hopefully still see vintage as cool.

There might even be a bargain or two or Father’s Day on June 20 – if you are well minted.

And with delivery now so much cheaper than even five years ago, actually buying a piece forever online is more than feasible. Just insure it. There’s no harm dreaming the odd time!

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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