Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon
DESCRIBED by some as “a moving mediation” and “a way of life”, the Japanese martial art of Kendo embraces a myriad of values including respect and integrity while also cultivating traits and characteristics such as self-awareness and perseverance.
One such student of Kendo is Daniel Mulcahy. Twenty-two years of age – twenty-three next month – Mulcahy is very much his own man; evident by the fact that he pursues a sport that it is not just on the periphery of the sporting landscape but is the proverbial lighthouse erected at the very brink.
Yet, for all that, we know this sport. Maybe not in its bamboo, timber on timber, snap on snap form but as bright lights cutting semi-lit arenas – all for effect – from the movie franchise that is Star Wars.
Mulcahy’s entry into the sport – or way of life, as he would designate it – came at an early age when he joined a friend’s father, instructor Patrick Maguire, at Galway Kendo Club, which was then based in Scoil Mhuire in Moycullen. That was in 2010.
Jump forward four years, and some may remember a superb front-page picture in the Tribune of Mulcahy and his club-mate Macdara Maguire at the opening of the Japanese Cultural Exhibition at Galway Education Centre, where the club performed their martial art demonstration.
Since then, Mulcahy has grown up and taken over the running of Galway Kendo Club, now based at St. Nicholas Parochial School, which they moved into Summer of last year. The class is small – about a half dozen or so – but it is vibrant.
“Kendo is not really visible in Ireland but, it is very popular in Japan where it originated. As far as I am aware, it is even more popular than Judo or Karate, although, I know, those other martial arts have expanded out internationally much, much more,” he explains.
In Ireland, approximately 120 practise the art, with the largest club in Dublin. Exponents are as rare as the Jedi. Around Europe, it is a similar case, with the exception of France, he outlines.
“The real powerhouse in Europe is France. I found a chart of the relative number of practitioners and the graph for Ireland is like, flat – compared to France which just peaks. There is like a few thousand people practising it. So, obviously, their Kendo is of a different calibre.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.
The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.
Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.
Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.
The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.
“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.
“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”
Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.
“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.
The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools
Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.
“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.
“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.
A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.