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Loughrea ex-pat leaves lasting legacy in adopted city with help of ex-colleagues

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Proud day...Cyril Barrett (right), Chair and Trustee of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Scheme with his colleagues (from left) Paul Baugh, Tony Latham and Brian Davis; Kate Lees, Dr Senthum Mylvaganam, Dr Tapan Sircar, and Sandra Spence-Turton from Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital, and Sheila Edwards, Trustee of the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund.

A Galway man who spent most of his life as a tyre worker in the English Midlands is doing his bit on a number of fronts to make life better for so many in his adopted home city of Wolverhampton.

Cyril Barrett, who is originally from Cross Street in Loughrea, is the Chairman/Trustee of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Fund Charity – a group entirely comprised of ex-Goodyear workers.

That plant closed in June 2015 – but since then Cyril and his colleagues have completed over 120 projects, supporting more than 40 charities, in Wolverhampton – all funded by these ex-union members.

And they’ve just added two more in perfect time for Christmas – co-funding a vital piece of medical equipment for the breast care unit at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital, and then purchasing over 300 family meals for two local food band charities in the city.

“As a child I was lucky to have wonderful Christmases,” said Cyril, “and I hope in some way these family meals will put a smile of relief to families that are facing difficult times.”

His ex-Goodyear colleagues joined with former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Phil Parkes to donate over £30,000 to fund equipment to help Wolverhampton breast care patients.

Phil’s wife died from cancer – and the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund was established in her memory.

The money raised has been used to buy three lipomodelling pieces of equipment

Lipomodelling – or fat grafting – is the process of relocating fat to improve the shape, volume, consistency and profile of breast tissue, which is widely applied following breast cancer surgery.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) previously had only one such machine – which was also funded by the 5/344 TGWU Benevolent Scheme – but having only one restricted the number of cases that could be done as the handsets must be sterilised after each procedure.

“This was a truly special day,” said Cyril.

“Two organisations have joined forces to buy pieces of equipment to improve the health and wellbeing of patients.

“The community will benefit, and this will fit in with the plan we have got to leave a fitting legacy for the people of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.

“We as an organisation have spent over £400,000 on buying equipment for the Trust because we believe passionately in the NHS and the work you do.

“I recall meeting Sheila Edwards, Trustee of the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund, years ago and her bending my ear for biopsy guns and you got two that time!

“She’s a very persuasive lady and is determined to do whatever she can to get projects done to benefit patients in memory of Maureen Parkes.”

Sheila was a Healthcare Assistant on the Breast Care Unit before retiring last year after 43 years’ service with the NHS.

During her long career, Sheila helped care for Maureen, and the pair became close friends. Having beaten breast cancer in 1995, Maureen set up the Maureen Parkes Breast Cancer Fund, before she sadly passed away with stomach cancer in April 2010 at the age of 62.

“We’re delighted to be able to provide this equipment and know it will benefit breast care patients. Maureen would be proud to know it how it has helped people from the local area,” Phil told local media at the unveiling.

Cyril – who is one of 13 children and whose brothers Oliver, Matt, Tom and Charlie and their extended families still live in Loughrea – is very proud of his Galway roots and upbringing, which he credits for his continuing work to this day.

“We as a family were brought up well by James and Annie Barrett, Cross Street Loughrea; they taught us to be decent,” he said.

 

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Family-friendly location just a stroll to the beach

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Family friendly location: 26 Tearmann Eala (red door) in Renmore.

This large semi-detached residence in the popular Tearmann Eala estate in Renmore has come to the market with an asking price of €395,000.

Number 26 is a well-presented four-bed property with very generous living space spread out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises a wide entrance hall with under stairs toilet, a large living room with open fireplace and to the rear, the kitchen/dining room and utility both with access to the back garden.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes and the master is en suite. Completing the upstairs is the main bathroom.

Externally, there is off-street parking to the front and a well-kept rear garden.

Selling agent Kyle O’Brien said: “Tearmann Eala is a quiet cul de sac development in Renmore. It is a perfect family friendly development and is well serviced by local amenities and services nearby.

“Ballyloughane Beach is only a short stroll away and not to mention all the communal green areas and facilities such as Galwegians Rugby Club and the Kingfisher Leisure facilities.

“Additionally, there are many further amenities such as schools, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Parkmore IDA Park, the major employment hub on the east side of the city.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Maxwell, Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

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Consumer spend hit by inflation

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The average planned monthly spend among Irish consumers has decreased by ten per cent, according to Deloitte’s latest State of the Consumer Tracker.

The survey found that consumers in Ireland are ten per cent more concerned about inflation than the global average, with more than half (56 per cent) worried about their level of savings.

It also found that consumer confidence in engaging with businesses and services in person has increased over the last month; 80 per cent feel safe going to the store (up six per cent since the previous wave); 80 per cent feel safe engaging in one-to-one services such as hairdressing (up five per cent); 78 per cent feel safe going to a restaurant (up seven per cent); and 66 per cent feel safe attending in-person events (up ten per cent).

Despite this, financial concerns among consumers in Ireland have remained constant or lessened only slightly since the previous wave: 26 per cent are concerned about making upcoming payments (down two per cent); 52 per cent say they are delaying large purchases (no change); 44 per cent are optimistic that their personal financial situation will improve within the next three years (up one per cent); and 56 per cent are concerned about their level of savings (no change).

In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, Ireland is the third-most-concerned about inflation, with 85 per cent of consumers in Ireland saying that they are concerned about inflation, compared to the global average of 75 per cent.

Consequently, the average planned monthly spend among consumers in Ireland has decreased by a significant ten per cent, from €2,654 in the previous wave to €2,396.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Little by way of ready relief from hypochondria ailment

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Not all the time, but here and there, I get occasional nominations for being the number one hypochondriac in my immediate circle, an ‘accolade’ I hotly dispute but often to no avail. There is always that tendency when a sudden headache arrives or a twinge in the back comes like a lightning strike or a cough starts out of the blue to straight away harbour thoughts of impending doom.

With the passing of years – even decades – you get subtle hints of your finitude (a fancy way of saying that you’re going to die sometime) and you begin to check out medical terms like floaters (little black spots that appear in your line of vision), cataracts, osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression and of course the dreaded dementia.

If you can tick off more than two of those boxes then you know that you’re in a bit of bother and the only hope is that if you tick them all, you’re probably just in a state of chronic hypochondria rather than being on your last legs.

Luckily many years ago after a brief flirtation with cigarettes while at school (secondary), some kind of a spirit descended upon me and prompted me to turn my back on the dreaded weed, which has now become horrendously expensive as well as killing you off before your time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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