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Ongoing war between the good, the bad and the ugly

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

There’s always a ‘draw’ to stories that offer us the possibility of eternal youth, or something as close as you could get to that illusion, but of course we all know that time and tide stops for no man. However a better diet, life changing developments in medicine and care, allied to a more active physical lifestyle for all ages, has meant that in the vast majority of countries across the globe, people are living a lot longer.

It is something of a catch-22 situation as the older we all live to, the more resources we will need and the bigger the drain will be on the health services, but there’s no disputing the fact that, on average, we’re all likely to be around for longer.

We still to get sucked into the great fallacy that if we follow this perfect lifestyle of no smoking, healthy eating, loads of exercise and very little by way of alcohol consumption, that we’re all on the way to the land of Tir na nÓg, where we’ll never grow old.

Finite beings we are though, and when our time is up, we have no choice but to pack our bags and hit off for that great land in the sky, so within reason it’s no harm to enjoy some of the little treats of this world, just in case the after-life doesn’t work out quite as we anticipated.

Teagasc, the farm advisory body, have now published the findings of a study on how we define old age and how we can all start looking forward to our sixties, seventies, eighties or maybe even the nineties . . . if we behave ourselves!

This is all in the context of us being told over recent times that the new period of ‘middle age’ is from 60 on, a wonderful consolation to those of us beginning to look forward rather fretfully to what is something of a ‘Becher’s Brook’ number in terms of our gallop through the racecourse of life.

The Teagasc study, carried out in conjunction with University College Cork and the Dublin Institute of Technology, roughly categorises 45 as the start of the older age period. ‘Young old age’ is from 50 to 64; ‘middle-old’ is from 65 to 74 with 75 plus slipping into the ‘oldest-old’ classification.

The study concentrated on the lifestyle habits of people in the 50+ age bracket and found three distinct categories emerging: the sensible lifestyle, the poor lifestyle and the risky lifestyle. Not surprisingly, given our Irish ways for enjoying good food, good drink and a good time, only one in four of those surveyed fell into the sensible lifestyle category where the ‘qualifiers’ ate plenty of fruit and veg; consumed low amounts of fat and alcohol and took moderate exercise.

The biggest portion of those surveyed – almost 60% – were categorised as having a poor lifestyle . . . pretty much doing everything wrong . . . apart, slightly unexpectedly, from drinking too much. They were consuming high fat quantities, taking in very little fruit and veg, and doing practically no exercise.

Members of this poor lifestyles category tended to have low educational levels, while the ‘sensible club’ members were often well educated, female, watched less television and rated their health very highly.

For those of you, probably like myself, who felt that they didn’t really slip into either category, another smaller grouping emerged in the survey – less than 20% – who were classified as having risky lifestyles. They tended to be male, be smokers, be overweight but rather curiously fell into the higher education bracket.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Ex-TD, ‘Our Nuala’ and some surprising DNA test results!

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column with Dara Bradley

In March 2011, Nuala Nolan was co-opted onto Galway City Council to represent the City East ward.

She replaced her namesake, Derek Nolan as a city councillor; he progressed on to Dáil Éireann after topping the poll in the General Election some weeks previous.

Our Nuala was anointed after a stiff selection convention contest where she saw off a number of challengers for the position.

When asked about his replacement, Derek Nolan’s stock answer about Nuala Nolan was always: “No relation.”

But it turns out that is not strictly true!

Our Nuala, who has since defected to Aontú, tells us that an immediate family member of Derek’s (who was reunited with his Labour buddy, Councillor Níall McNelis, at party stalwart John McDonagh’s wedding recently) has taken a DNA test. And it has produced some interesting results.

It turns out that Derek and Nuala “come up as a match; fourth cousins”, she said.

This, according to Our Nuala, was “hardly surprising”, despite Derek’s previous protestations, “given that both our parents come from Ballyloughane” in Renmore.

She said that ‘No Relation Derek’ may be “surprised” by the results but added: “DNA does not lie, for sure.”

In fairness, there is a resemblance between the two. Christmas round the Nolans’ should be fun!

(Photo: Long-lost cousins, Nuala Nolan and Derek Nolan. Nuala was co-opted onto Galway City Council in 2011 to replace Derek when he was elected a TD. Derek, who now lives in Australia always stated that they weren’t related but a DNA test shows they are).

This is a shortened preview version of this article. For more Bradley Bytes, see the August 12 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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One person’s useless tat is another’s stuff of dreams

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Dave O'Connell

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

The world is divided into two kinds of people; those who like to live in a world of clean, white lines and minimal clutter – and those of us who just love accumulating stuff.

Stuff covers a multitude, which – depending on your perspective – might be alternatively defined as either the souvenirs or detritus of your life.

Books, match programmes, concert ticket stubs, seashells, Dinky cars, beer mats…it’s all stuff that one person wants to treasure and the other, invariably, wants to throw straight out in the bin.

And it’s at the core of a fair percentage of domestic differences too – ‘it’s my stuff’; ‘don’t move my stuff’; ‘your stuff is taking over the house’ – because, for every hoarder, there’s an aspiring Marie Kondo who wants to take minimalism to new heights.

Attics are invariably full of stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day in years; old cardboard boxes of childhood toys, suitcases packed with dusty photo albums, boxes of video cassettes for which there is no longer a VCR; clothes that you didn’t want but also didn’t want to throw out – and it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in fashion and you’ll have shed the three stone it would take to close the zipper.

Overall, it’s the kind of stuff that you hoped you’d get back to and wallow in nostalgia, years after you consigned it to the darkest recesses of the eaves.

Those who abhor clutter have a different approach, working on the basis that – if you have stuff stored in a box and you don’t open that box for three years – you don’t need that stuff anymore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyng taking over from Cody leads to an outbreak of relief in Galway

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Galway's Ciara Donohue breaking out of defence against Lauren Homan of Cork during Sunday's All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final at Croke Park. Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

THERE was surely a collective sigh of relief in Galway’s hurling strongholds when former midfielder Derek Lyng was appointed to succeed Brian Cody as the new Kilkenny manager last week – the first time since the winter of 1998 that a new senior supremo has been unveiled down Noreside way.

After Cody somewhat surprisingly ended his long tenure as Kilkenny manager in the wake of last month’s battling All-Ireland Final defeat to Limerick, it was only natural that current Galway team manager Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny’s most decorated player of all-time, would be linked with the vacancy.

“Don’t do it Henry” was a common refrain on social media as Galway supporters understandably feared the Ballyhale Shamrocks clubman would find the prospect of talking over his native county impossible to resist. Lyng, Martin Fogarty and ex-Laois boss Eddie Brennan were also touted as being in the running.

A similar precedent had been set this summer when Liam Cahill abruptly departed Waterford to return to Tipperary after the local County Board hardly covered itself in glory in the manner it ended the tenure of former player Colm Bonnar after just one year in charge. Admittedly, it had been a tough championship for Tipperary, losing all four games in Munster, but there were extenuating circumstances.

For starters, Brendan Maher and Padraic Maher retired – the latter was forced to hang up the boots due to a neck injury – while other heroes of past All-Ireland triumphs, Bubbles O’Dwyer, John McGrath and Seamus Callanan, were also notable absentees. It meant Bonnar took over a Tipperary team in transition.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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