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One word that still frays the nerves of most Irish people

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A scene from the Crolly family eviction in Louth in May, 1881, carried out under the direction of Lord Louth, who was subsequently boycotted after the event. The Crollys moved back into their house by Christmas of that year.  

Country Living with Francis Farragher

I’m not sure whether it’s in our genes or whether it’s the legacy of Irish history from our primary school days, but I’d say that almost everyone I know seems to feel the same way when it comes to the eviction word.  It just strikes a raw nerve chord with Irish people, many of whom are only three or four generations from a time in Ireland, when many farm families across rural Ireland were evicted from their homes because they couldn’t afford to pay the rent to their English landlord.

Times have of course moved on and thankfully evictions are now rare enough events and they usually occur when individuals have racked up huge debts, on loans that they probably should never have been given in the first place.

Eviction orders, by all accounts, are quite difficult to secure in terms of high court proceedings and in the case of the eviction earlier this month of three siblings from the Strokestown area of Roscommon, it came at the end of a lengthy legal process.

And yet despite all that, there was still something very disturbing about seeing these people being thrown out of their homes quite unceremoniously by security personnel who took their pieces of silver to do the dirty work for KBC bank.

What followed last Sunday when an organised gang of about 20 people took the law into their own hands and administered a dose of their ‘own medicine’ on the security personnel, has been condemned by politicians big and small, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

But on the ground, among ordinary people I spoke to, individuals who by any yardstick couldn’t be described as prone to violence, there was not even a morsel of sympathy for the fate of the security personnel who were involved in the repossession of the Strokestown farmstead at Falsk. The suggestion that some of the people involved in the initial eviction were not from this jurisdiction also helped to fan the flames of anger against those involved in the operation.

For more read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A vassal of technology in a world of strange gadgets

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You really know that life is passing you by when you read something in the newspapers about a piece of high-tech equipment – which has never touched your life    experience – that is being discontinued.      Last week, there were various bits and pieces in the papers about the demise of the iPod, with all the grieving obituaries recalling the various windows of happiness that this little device had given them in their lives.

There may at times, over the past 21 years since its introduction in 2001, have been one, or maybe two, occasions when a stray thought entered my mind that I should consider the purchase of an iPod.

Friends of mine, who are into music, boasted about its capacity for holding thousands of songs in an electronic pouch that would fit in the palm of your hand and input high-fidelity sound into your ears.

Once, around 30-years ago, I had contemplated the purchase of a Walkman, but instead about a decade later, I purchased one of those tiny transistor radios which would fit into the top pocket of a shirt and keep me informed on local, national and world affairs.

Apparently, from reading what knowledgeable people know about these gadgets, the iPod over two decades was a real ‘game changer’ from Apple, who at the time were struggling to hit the right note in that rather strange world of music and technology.

Somewhere, along the way I lost my longing (or thought I had) for new gadgets, after ‘breaking the bank’ in the mid-1970s to buy a Toshiba tape recorder and a Playmate transistor radio, the latter having the rather wondrous facility at the time of being used with either battery or mains power.

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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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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Learning to accept that we’re going to live in a perfect world

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So, we’ve gotten over the hullabaloo about cutting a bit of turf and selling a few bags here and there to a neighbour or relative . . . or have we? It is kind of hard to figure out, but in the Irish political world of nods and winks, apparently there’ll be ‘no notice taken’ of people cutting a bit of turf for their own use and putting a trailer or two on the market.

What a fuss about nothing. In the great world of Google, I looked up how much fuel a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet burns on one of its journeys.

The figures are quite astonishing. Ever hour that The Jumbo is in the air, she burns 10 or 11 tonnes of fuel. So, over a seven-hour spin that equates to roughly 75 tonnes of aeronautic fuel. To put it another way, during every second of flying, one gallon of fuel is burned up.

When I sit back and think about this, it just puts a sense of perspective on what’s being going on in our little ‘cabbage garden’ (borrowed from Lord Haw Haw) over recent weeks.

I’m not for a minute suggesting either that we start banning 747s from our skies, but it just shows the scale of what fuel is being burnt off on our planet every second of every minute of every hour that passes.

While Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, at times he just says things as they are. Of course, he has a massive, vested interest in the travel business, but a couple of weeks back on radio, he asked the simple question of how as an island nation we could survive without our network of air links. The simple answer is of course that we couldn’t.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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