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Mum of the Year nominee lives in an asylum seekers’ hostel in Salthill

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Mum of the Year nominee Siphatisime Moyo pictured at the Garden of Remembrance in Salthill.

Being a mother is tough; you have to be strict, but you also have to make sure your kids know you love them, according to Mum of the Year Awards nominee Siphathisiwe Moyo.

A native of Zimbabwe, and now living in a hostel in Salthill, Siphathisiwe has been through a lot since she moved to Ireland in 2008.

Separated from her kids for three years while she waited for them to join her, Siphathisiwe spiralled into depression, unable to get up in the mornings to shower, and spending her days crying, missing her three children.

But she found her strength and fought to get her children by her side: “It was tough. The fight I had was not a physical fight. I had no opponent. My fight was more like fighting a shadow because I was fighting to stay strong,” she says.

“I knew that they would follow me to Ireland, but I felt hopeless. I was depressed. I was crying all the time. But I had to fight that fight.”

Siphathisiwe’s life in Ireland has been a constant struggle but she has never given up hope for her or her three children, 17-year-old Victoria, 14-year-old Emmanuel and four-year-old Alexander.

And her efforts have certainly not gone unappreciated – months ago, Victoria nominated her loving mother for the Woman’s Way and Lidl Mum of the Year Award and was thrilled when she got the call saying her nomination was successful.

“I couldn’t believe it. She is such a fun girl to have. She came home and told me that months ago she had entered a competition online and forgotten about it,” Siphathisiwe explains.

“I just couldn’t believe it – especially coming from her. As a mother I can be tough, but it was nice to know she appreciates me.”

If Siphathisiwe wins the Mum of the Year Award, she will receive a €5,000 voucher courtesy of Lidl, among other luxury goodies and discounts.

“We joked about it but I told Victoria that even if we did win that, we don’t have a home to put all of those groceries,” she says, referring to the hostel in which she and her children are living.

“And she said maybe our papers will come through and we will have a house by then.”

Siphathisiwe is currently living on €19 a week and €9 for each child. Meals are provided in the hostel and residents are not allowed to cook their own food. Siphathisiwe, unfortunately, is allergic to some foods, such as red meat, which brings her out in a rash.

“So, I decided, how am I supposed to survive here? But you can’t expect them to do everything right. So, I bought a rice cooker and I cook meals in my room. I can’t keep fighting with them. And I don’t want to have to fight for food. I don’t want that.”

For more see page 6 of this week’s Galway City Tribune, download the Digital Edition here or get the Connacht Tribune app from iTunes or Google Play

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Vitamin D and good postural balance may help as we age

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Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Having just turned 50 aging is particularly on my mind this month. So two recent studies about aging peaked my interest which are worth sharing. The first is a study from the University of South Australia and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It is based on data from 294,514 participants from the UK Biobank, a biomedical database with half a million British participants.

Scientists found that in some populations, up to 17 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented simply by raising people’s vitamin D in the blood to 50 nmol/L, which is considered to be the normal level.

Dementia affects over 55 million people worldwide and every year 10 million new cases are diagnosed so the implications could be huge.

It is the first time the impact of very low levels of vitamin D are examined on the risks of dementia and stroke by using genetic analyses among a large study population.

There is widespread vitamin D deficiency among people worldwide, even in sunny regions where sun awareness campaigns, indoor living and other factors contribute to the low vitamin D levels,

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Trying to find the time to slow down that clock

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

AS one gets older the realisation dawns that time – and not material wealth – is our greatest asset but boy does that clock fairly freewheel around with each passing year.

Anytime a conversation switches around to the question of: “How long is such-and-such a person dead,” the guesstimate answers usually need to be doubled. Looking back on time makes us all realise how fast it is flying by.

I always contend that winning the lotto – as exciting and all as that would be – would not make any of us one second younger and in all probability would not add on one day to our eventual date with destiny.  In fact it might even know a few years off if we lost the rag and went mad with the lucre.

My late father used to have a favourite saying about wealth and money namely that while it wouldn’t necessarily bring you happiness in this world it would ‘help you to enjoy your misery’.

Even a couple of Sundays back while sitting in the Hogan Stand and witnessing Galway’s gallant attempt to win the All-Ireland title, it was kind of hard to credit that 21-years had passed since we were last in a senior final and 24-years since we ended a 32-year famine with the victory over Kildare in 1998.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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