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New RNLI lifeboat painted with the names of 10,000 supporters

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A new lifeboat which is due to arrive in Clifden this weekend will bear the names of 10,000 people on board as part of the RNLI’s ‘Launch a Memory’ initiative.

The St Christopher will land in Clifden this (Saturday) afternoon as Clifden RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew complete their journey from Poole in Dorset where they collected the vessel.

The life-saving Shannon-class boat will carry the names of 10,000 people onboard following a special fundraising initiative run by the charity in 2020.

As part of the ‘Launch a Memory’ campaign, people were able to record a loved one’s name on the vessel by making a donation to the RNLI – each name featuring within the RNLI logo and boat’s numbers.

Arriving in Clifden at 2.30pm on Saturday, the St Christopher will be accompanied into the harbour by a local flotilla before being fully unveiled to the public on Sunday at Clifden Beach at low tide – between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Brittain, said the organisation had been working towards the delivery of the St Christopher for a long time.

“It is an honour for us to carry these 10,000 names onboard our new lifeboat.

“Every time we launch, they will accompany the lifeboat crew on its lifesaving mission. We hope to welcome our supporters and members of the public down to see the new lifeboat on the Sunday [May 15] where they can get up close to the vessel – and if they have a loved one onboard, they can see where the name is recorded,” said Mr Brittain.

“I know there are many incredibly moving stories behind each name and we hope to do them all proud.”

The St Christopher began its journey to Clifden in Dorset where volunteers began their journey to Galway, making stops in Plymouth, Penlee, Ballycotton, Kinsale and Valentia.

Ahead of its arrival, the crew underwent training in use of the boat and rigorous trials were carried out to ensure the vessel was fit for use in the worst conditions that often coincide with life-saving missions.

(Photo: Putting the finishing touches to Clifden RNLI’s ‘Launch a Memory’ lifeboat, St Christopher. The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat is a special one in the Irish fleet as it carries the names of over 10,000 loved ones onboard).

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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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