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Hangry phenomenon offers plenty of food for thought

Dave O'Connell

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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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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

Denise McNamara

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

Denise McNamara

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

Dave O'Connell

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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