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Hangry phenomenon offers plenty of food for thought

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

here’s actually a word for it when you’re both hungry and angry – they call it ‘hangry’ and it’s even in the Oxford English Dictionary, because it’s an accepted phenomenon that you’re more likely to growl at people when your tummy is growling at you.

Which is why the more perilous time for rows is just before mealtimes; anger in the office immediately before lunch, domestic difficulties just before dinner. And anyway, the converse of that is you’re too tired to fight on a full stomach.

We’ve always known that we’re more irritable when we’re starving, but scientists wanted to quantify exactly how, why and when this happens – so they found 200 students who were alternatively prepared to fast or eat before completing a tedious computer exercise.

Now there are few things in life that can cause you to flip the switch quite as spontaneously as watching your screen fade to black – and that was the fate that befell the students just before the assignment was complete.

Just in case they were the sanguine sort, the examiner then blamed them for the screen freeze to see what sort of angry response that might trigger.

Those who’d been fed and watered mightn’t have quite taken it in their stride, but they weren’t half as angry as the hungry hounds who thought the examiner was a ‘terrible human being’ – or words to that effect.

In all honesty, no matter what platter I’d partaken of earlier, if a guy accused me of breaking my computer at a time when all my work was on screen, I’d blow my top.

We can only presume that the guinea pigs in this University of North Carolina study had enjoyed a beverage or two with their pre-exam meal and therefore couldn’t really have cared less if a bomb had hit the building and blown their computers to kingdom come.

Snickers, according to the manufacturer, solves this problem every time – even Mr Bean turns into a samurai warrior after just one bite – and clearly a sugar boost is the short-circuit to temporary happiness.

But as one friendly psychologists at the University of North Carolina pointed out, there’s a fine line between wanting a bite to eat and wanting to bite someone’s head off.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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