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The ‘good life’ way to holistic healing

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Josef Steiner and Ciara Ni Dhiomasaigh at Naduir in Furbo. "Ciara had a strong interest in health and living a natural lifestyle and that's what tied us together. It's 11 years, almost to the day," says Josef of their meeting. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Lifestyle –  Judy Murphy meets a couple who have tapped into their local community to set up unique holistic centre

Driving up the narrow road to the townland of Ail Preacháin in Furbo it’s difficult to believe you are in Connemara.  The landscape is lush and green, in marked contrast to more barren, rocky terrain of the surrounding area.

Up that tiny roadway, where there is barely room for two cars to pass each other, is Nadúir, a unique centre for holistic health, run by local woman Ciara Ní Dhiomasaigh and Austrian-born Josef Steiner.  Here people can avail of a range of therapies and activities from massage to biodynamic craniosacral therapy to meditation and yoga.

There’s a sign outside the gate, but even if there hadn’t been, it’s obvious that this place is unique. The timber-framed house with its zinc roof, fits into the landscape while outside in the large vegetable garden, a group of people are at work, weeding.

They are part of a monthly meitheal who help out in the garden, explains Ciara. In return, they get produce and Ciara teaches them how to make delicacies such as herb salt and herb butter. The group has just had lunch, followed by a herb demonstration, leaving delicious aromas to linger in the large, airy kitchen.

Josef meanwhile, returns from his trip to the village where has been buying feed for their geese, hens, guinea fowl and a variety of ducks.  This, indeed, is the good life and the two of them are an advertisement for it. It looks idyllic and it is, but it took a lot of hard work, training and commitment to get here.

Ciara laughs as she says she was the member of her family who wasn’t expected to settle locally.

“I was supposed to be living in a yurt in Mongolia, milking horses and making weird concoctions. But everyone else has moved on and I am here!”

Massage therapist Ciara had a difficult relationship with Furbo as a youngster, she explains, because she was dyslexic, which made school tough.

“I knew I could make it in other places, but felt I could never be ‘my weird self’ in Furbo. But what amazes me is that the more I am me, the more people respond.”

Josef first came to Ireland for six months as a student, working on a friend’s oyster farm in Oranmore.

“I really liked it and kept coming back and in 1993, I moved over,” he says.

He had studied architecture in college, but didn’t finish his degree, instead getting involved with building projects in his native Austria and later in Ireland, where he imported eco-friendly houses from his homeland.

It’s in one of those beautiful wooden buildings that he and Ciara now live.

“This one was the last, designed and built to our own spec,” explains Josef.

Compared to the average bricks and mortar house it was expensive, but it represents value for money, as their heating and water bills are next to nothing.

It was built using timber, glass and zinc – the only concrete involved was in the foundations, he explains. They began work in February 2008 and had moved in by July.

Ciara and Josef first met at an Aikido martial arts class in Galway City, where Josef was the teacher.

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

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Rich legacy of a musical revolutionary

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Historian Tomás MacConmara, centre, with Pat Talty of the local history society, left, and Seán Halpin after the plaque was unveiled

After the 1916 Rising in Galway was quashed, its leader Liam Mellows and two companions found refuge in a remote hilly area south of Gort. Mellows had his treasured fiddle with him and during five months hiding in Knockjames, he played and taught the instrument. For more than 100 years, it’s been in the care of New York’s Carmelite Order but it recently rang out again in the hills that gave him safety. JUDY MURPHY learned of its journey home.

The role played by Liam Mellows in the 1916 Rising in Galway has been well-documented. Likewise, his involvement in Ireland’s subsequent War of Independence and the Civil War, when he was one of four anti-Treaty soldiers executed by the new Irish government in retaliation for the murder of pro-Treaty TD, Seán Hales.

But a less well-known aspect of the revolutionary leader – his love of music and talent on the fiddle – was the focus of a recent ceremony at a tiny church in the mountains between Galway and Clare.

Mellows’ grá for music was something he shared with people in the hills around Knockjames in the months immediately following Easter 1916.

It was in this remote area between Gort and Tulla that Mellows and his fellow revolutionaries, Alfie Monaghan and Frank Hynes, found refuge when they went into hiding after the British authorities quashed the Easter Rising. Many of those involved in the insurrection in Dublin were executed, while others, who had been involved either in Dublin or in uprisings elsewhere in the country, were deported to prison camps in England and Wales.

Mellows had led the rising in Galway and was a wanted man when he fled over the Sliabh Aughty Mountains in late April 1916, with his two companions – and his fiddle.

“Had he been caught, he would almost certainly have been executed,” says Seán Halpin, the man responsible for returning Liam Mellows fiddle to Ireland. It’s on loan from New York’s Carmelite Priory, where it has been housed safely for more than a century.

Seán, who works as a quantity surveyor in New York, was studying for a Master’s in History at New York University’s Glucksman Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies, when he learned about the fiddle, which Mellows had left in the Carmelite Priory in Manhattan in 1920. Having fled to New York for safety in Autumn 1916, Mellows returned to Ireland four years later to take part in the War of Independence.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Trying to get it correct all of the time is a waste of energy

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Six-of-one and a half-dozen of the other.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

Political correctness was never a term I was familiar with as a kid, and maybe just as well, thinking back on some of the stuff we used to come out with.

We learned nursery rhymes where the ‘N word’ featured through 10 verses in a row without even having the remotest clue this was offensive in any way.

Travellers for examples during the 1960s were referred to with the other T word which at the time, to the best of my childhood memory, did not have any derogatory connotation.

They were regular callers to our house when around the area and never left emptyhanded due to the good nature of my late mother.

Euan McColl, that great singer/songwriter of the liberal left even used the old T word in his tribute song to the life and ways of Travellers contained the line:

‘All you freeborn men of the travelling people,

Every tinker, rolling stone and gypsy rover,”

With the passing of time of course, we’ve all had to clean up our vocabularies and with good reason too. Frequently, words used to describe people of a certain colour, religion, way of life or sexual orientation were used in the context of prejudice and hatred which just had to change.

I’ve often said in social discourse over a pint of plain that Ireland is a far nicer country to live in now that it was when I was a child of the 1960s.

This was still the era of corporal punishment in schools – and worse too in cases as has been well documented – while woe betide any single young woman who got pregnant, or any family who had a member with a mental health issue or one of sexual orientation differing from the norm.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Orla McArdle, Leonie Ryan, Maeve Lohan, Sinéad Armstrong, Maria Lyons and Paul Ryan who were taking part in the Coláiste Iognáid production of 'Joseph' in the Jesuit Hall, Sea Road on February 5, 1991.

1923

Training ex-soldiers

A meeting of the committee of Galway Technical Institute was held on Tuesday, Mr. Eraut presiding.

The secretary, Dr. Webb, stated that there was a deputation outside from the Galway Carpenters’ Society in reference to the offer made by the Ministry of Labour to the committee to have up to 100 ex-soldiers trained in the institute in various crafts from joinery to thatching houses and making tin cans.

The difficulty he foresaw in regard to the scheme was to train maimed ex-solders and for this the Ministry of Labour was willing to give the committee 15s. per head per week. It was a money-making scheme so far as that committee was concerned, and would result in bringing a good deal of money into the city, because there would also be certain allowances for the wives and dependents.

He estimated that it would mean something like £200 or £300 per week. It was a question for the committee whether they would provide these classes. He had inquired from an authoritative source whether the training of these men would be likely to interfere with the employment of the recognised carpenter, and he was informed in the negative.

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