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Insight, humour and philosophy in The Invention of Shoes

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REVIEW  – By Matt Mooney

Ndrek Gjini’s second collection of poems, The Invention of Shoes, is a wonderful exposé of the life and craft of an Albanian who became a Galwegian.

Published by Galway Academic Press, the collection reveals Gjini as a philosopher with a deep respect for the wisdom of the ages. He gives expression to deep feelings with ripples of humour and razor-sharp wit.

A thread, lightly cloaked by his subtle poetic craft, runs through the book as he holds the reader spellbound by his train of thought. The playfully entitled poem, Game, is an example of how he does this.

In other poems such as Time and the order of death and Graveyard, Gjini offers insights into his past life and the death of freedom of expression under the Communist regime in Albania during his earlier years.

He also deals with more personal themes, such as family, writing about his parents with love and respect, exploring the wheel of life, youth and old age.

A poem about his mother, The Most Beautiful Lady, tells of an Albanian custom of preserving wedding clothes in a safe cupboard. The clothes would remain there until the time came for them to be worn once more, on the death-bed.

His mother also in features A Ruthless Rebel is my Yearning, a poem of great poignancy which has echoes of Kavanagh and Heaney in its intensity.

Gjini also writes about his grandmother in the poem, Calendar. There’s a rapport between them as history and folklore permeate the old woman’s telling of the circumstances surrounding his birth.

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

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Drugs raid on house in Ballybane

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The seizure from the house in Ballybane

Gardaí in Galway have arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Ballybane.
At 10pm yesterday, the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).
Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized by Gardaí.
One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.

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Galway ICU has 100% Covid-19 survival rate

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – All Covid-19 patients who were critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Galway have survived the virus, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

While there have been some Covid-19 deaths in the city hospital since the pandemic reached Ireland, the survival rate of those treated in the critical care unit or ICU at UHG has been 100%.

The hospital has not yet provided an exact figure for ICU recoveries, but ‘rolling figures’ from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre – which do not account for overlaps of new ICU patients and those who are moved out following recovery – show that on one occasion at the peak of the crisis here, there were up to 20 people being treated for Covid-19 in the unit. This week, there was one Covid patient in ICU.

The ICU has not been as busy as Dublin’s acute hospitals, as Covid-19 has been more prevalent on the east coast. But the success in treating patients in Galway’s ICU has also been attributed to splitting it into two separate ICUs, one for Covid and one for non-Covid patients, which was facilitated by the deal negotiated with private hospitals.

Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of Saolta Hospitals Group, which runs UHG, said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any ICU deaths related to Covid, to date. There have been deaths related to Covid but not in ICU. That is good by national standards.”
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Galway Market to reopen – and go back to its roots

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All quiet: the last Galway Market held two months ago.

From this wek’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 30 food growers and producers will return this Saturday to sell their wares at a smaller version of the Galway Market, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

A reduced number of stalls will be laid out to allow the two-metre distance between traders and each stall holder will be expected to maintain a ‘socially distant’ queue among their customers. Council officials will be on site to ensure things runs smoothly.

There will be no hot food vendors or craftspeople operating in this phase of the market’s return outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Engineer in the Council’s Environment Department, explained that stalls along Churchyard Street will not be erected at this time due to its size.

“It is a different layout and we are adhering to a strict interpretation of what a farmers’ market is – food producers, deli items such as chutneys, cheese, eggs and fish mongers. We will have one coffee van,” she said.
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