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Oranmore school to remain open despite the Swine Flu



Date Published: 15-Sep-2009

A secondary school in Oranmore is to remain open after it held consultations with the HSE West following the news that six students at the school have been confirmed with Swine Flu.
And a case of Swine Flu is being investigated in a city primary school – the child is being treated at home and the authorities have been notified and swabs have been taken to establish if it is the H1N1 influenza.
The six students at Calasanctius College, Oranmore, who are being cared for at home, were diagnosed with the pandemic (H1N1) influenza following laboratory tests late last week.
They presented with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The HSE said in all cases the illness was mild.
A team from the Public Health Department of the HSE West visited the school to advise on control measures.
“The HSE West has been working closely with the school principal, teachers and pupils to minimise the risk of the spread of the flu. Based on advice from the HSE West Public Health Department, a decision was made by the school principal that the school would continue to function as normal,” a spokesperson for the HSE said.
The school is now following routine procedure to prevent the spread of flu within the school. This involves informing parents, staff and students and being on the watch for symptoms suggestive of flu. People with flu-like illness will be sent home as soon as possible and they have been advised to stay at home for seven days from the onset date, even if they feel better sooner.
The HSE West has also advised that there is no need for people who have been in contact with those already infected to stay away
from work or school unless they themselves develop symptoms.
Parents of students in a defined risk group should be particularly careful regarding symptoms and should contact their GP promptly if symptoms develop.
“The HSE West Public Health Team will continue to work closely with the school and is available to advise the school at all times,”# said Dr Diarmuid O’Donovan, Director of Public Health, HSE West.
“Parents of pupils attending the school are advised not to send children to school if they are sick. Staying at home when sick will allow a child to rest and allows carers to monitor their health closely. It also protects other children and staff members especially those at higher risk of severe illness from flu,” he said.
He said there were a number of these cases arising around the country and parents should be reassured that in the vast majority of cases, the illness is mild, children are treated at home and in most cases return to school within seven days.
In most of the cases, those who have the symptoms will not have the Swine Flu confirmed.

Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr



Date Published: 23-Jan-2013


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Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup



Date Published: 29-Jan-2013

Athenry FC 1

Kilbarrack United 2

(After extra time)

For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.

On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.

An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.

However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.

They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.

With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.

Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.

Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.

Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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