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New book celebrating public art on highways and byways

Judy Murphy

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John Coll's statue to Bobbyjo in Mountbellew. Bobbyjo, owned by local man Bobby Burke, won the Irish Grand National in 1998, and the Aintree Grand National in 1999.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Travelling the length and breadth of Ireland, photographing and documenting the public sculptures and artworks that are dotted across the countryside sounds like a true labour of love.

But that’s what Ann Lane has done for her new collection, By the Way 2, which has just been launched with a foreword by President Michael D Higgins.

The illustrated book features nearly 40 artworks from Galway, including Eddie Delaney’s renowned Galway Hooker sails in Eyre Square; John Coll’s sculpture of Galway footballer Enda Colleran in Moylough, and the Inquisitive Hare by Donnacha Cahill at Killimor National School.

As the title suggests, By the Way 2 is a follow-up to Ann’s debut work on the same subject, published in 2010.

“I had always been interested in large outdoor installations, and photographed them randomly over the years whenever I came across them either here or abroad,” explains Ann, who lives in Dublin.

“However, the idea for the first book came from a calendar of photographs of roadside sculptures in Cork that my sister gave me many years ago.”

Ann decided to visit the locations of all the pieces featured in the calendar and thus began a major passion.

“It took almost three years to make my lists and then travel the country photographing the installations,” she says, explaining that she drove 26,000 kms to collect the 760 images included in that first book.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Staying safe and secure during the festive season

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Sergeant Michael Walsh

Garda Crime Watch with Sergeant Michael Walsh

WE are heading into one of the busiest times of the year in terms of shopping and travel but it’s also a time when everyone must stay vigilant and alert as regards crime, theft and scams. Staying safe too on our roads over the holiday period has to be a top priority – here are 12 tips that will help you to enjoy a safer, more secure and happier Christmas.

  1. Christmas shoppers are advised not to leave purchases unattended in their cars as we see a spike in thefts from cars, especially during peak shopping times which is 2pm to 9pm. Lock your car and don’t leave any valuables on display. We also see an increase in thefts from the person as opportunistic thieves may seize the chance to steal a purse/wallet/keys/handbag while a shopper is distracted. Don’t make it easy for the criminal, keep cash and other valuable items in an inside secure pocket or other secure location.
  2. Lock-Up & Light-Up is the key message in An Garda Síochána’s anti-burglary awareness campaign which encourages homeowners to protect their homes over the winter months, when burglaries traditionally tend to rise. Check your outdoor lights all work properly, and consider using a timer switch to bring on an internal light when you’re not home.
  3. Online fraud and cybercrime is prevalent all year round, but with increased on-line shopping on the run-up to Christmas ensure you are safe. Never buy anything online from an un-encrypted website. You’ll know if a site is secure because it will start with HTTPS, instead of just HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will also appear, typically to the left of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Pay using a credit card as it will have more protection.
  4. As the weather turns colder, check on older or vulnerable people who may be living alone. Dropping in to say hello or a quick phone call to make sure everything is okay will always be welcome. Snow and ice can often be a problem as many may not be able to get out to buy food, fuel or medical supplies.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Recapturing the lost art of beautiful handwriting

Dave O'Connell

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

If you get any post at all these days, chances are it’s a bill, it’s in a brown envelope with your name and address clearly typed a transparent window. And then, once in a very blue moon, a handwritten letter drops through the letterbox, proving once again that what’s rare is truly wonderful.

Even better if the writer has taken pride in their handwriting, and the envelope is embellished with swirling letters and affectations – overflowing with calligraphy that might have been written with a quill.

But the sad reality is that no one really does joined-up writing anymore.

Even if it’s handwritten, it’s all block letters, which of course makes it easier to read – but it’s robotic, impersonal, arguably cold.

Those sweeping curves and letters used to reveal so much about the writer, things a text will never tell you. It isn’t even the text abbreviations; it’s just that anyone can write a text but not everyone can construct a letter.

Remember the hours spent in Junior Infants perfecting those joined-up letters, dotting all those i’s and crossing every t?

Remember the innocent love letters where the i’s dot was replaced by a love heart, where the g’s and the y’s at the end of a sentence could be finished with a flourish that served as a sort of sweeping underlining?

Remember the days when you had a ‘good pen’ that was kept in school; a fountain pen that you had to buy ink refills for, but which just felt so special when you were given occasion to use them?

You concentrated that much harder to make your work legible, and the method became as important as the actual subject matter.

We all had a sweeping signature too – not for autographs but for cheques. Now we sign our life and money away with a PIN code instead of a pen.

The truth is that, for all of the obvious advantages of the digital age, it has cost us the art of penmanship, the exercise of composing a letter or an entry into a diary or just a simple note.

Nobody I know writes out a shopping list these days, but if they did it would be on their phone. A growing number don’t even do that anymore; instead they’ll go online and just tick the box on what they want and have it delivered.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Rural Ireland fails to provide youth with even a basic level of critical services

Francis Farragher

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ONE of the biggest challenges facing rural youth in the West of Ireland is the inadequacy of the public transport system, according to new research published by National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).

Young people who were surveyed in different parts of Ireland – including the West – described rural transport in their local areas as ‘virtually non-existent, unreliable, irregular and expensive’.

The young people surveyed still hadn’t progressed to the stage where they were in a position to drive themselves and consequently were either dependent on public transport or in getting lifts from their parents.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) recommends that the Government should introduce a public transport subsidy for those under the age of 18 years as well as providing community buses for rural counties and a fund to provide the cost of insurance and fuel.

Marie-Claire McAleer, head of research and policy at the NYCI said that limited public transport had massive implications for young people.

She said that the impact of limited public had implications for access to education, training and employment opportunities as well as access to mental health or sexual health services available in urban settings.

“Without public transport, accessing services in urban settings is not feasible and this coupled with the poor broadband infrastructure, inhibits young people’s access to vital supports and information available online,” she said.

The 102 page research document entitled: ‘Youth Work in Ireland. A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Provision of Youth Work in a Rural Context’, was officially launched last week in Castlebar by Minister for Rural and Community Affairs, Michael Ring.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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