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Our Government and NPHET are destroying morale of Irish people

John McIntyre

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John McIntyre

Inside Track with John McIntyre – sports@ctribune.ie

IS this the most lily-livered Government in the history of our state? Jack Lynch, the legendary Cork GAA hero of the forties and a former Taoiseach, must be turning in his grave at the role his fellow county man, Micheál Martin, is playing in crushing the spirits and morale of a large cohort of the population.

In a sporting context, last Tuesday’s announcement of the tightening of restrictions in the ongoing battle against Covid-19 was the most depressing of the past five months. NPHET is now running the country as Martin and his cabinet colleagues continue to roll over like a lapdog. It’s both demoralising and embarrassing in equal measures.

Is the Government utterly immune to the positive role sport – either from playing or watching – has in Irish society? Everything in this country has been up in a heap since mid-March, but the resumption of GAA club activity in July proved a timely and massive lift to morale. It represented some form of normality and people were grateful for that.

Initially, there was a gathering limit of 200, embracing players, mentors and match officials, with indications that the figure would be increased as time elapsed. But not alone have those planned rises not materialised, now games must be held behind closed doors with no spectators at all.

The reaction up and down the country has unsurprisingly comprised of shock, anger and dismay. People are just scratching their heads at the madness of it all. The Government is losing the Irish people in droves. There is no logic whatsoever to this move, especially when you look at the inconsistencies of the restrictions.

Basically, what NPHET and the Government is telling us: It’s ok to go on a foreign holiday; it’s ok to go to a pub, have a bite to eat and guzzle pints; to continue working in meat factories; play sport but not watch it; and send the kids to school but not go to work. This is just crazy stuff.

We all have our own experiences to illustrate. I am managing my club Lorrha in Tipperary and last Saturday we won a second consecutive hurling championship match for the first time in a decade. We are now through to the county quarter-final and though it’s only Senior B, this a big deal for us.

My father is 88 and Club President. 64 years ago, he won a North Tipp championship with Lorrha and last Saturday he was in Cloughjordan to see the team managed by one of his sons, and including two of grandsons, get the better of a high-scoring shootout with Portroe. He was like a 40-year afterwards: proud as punch and full of joy.

It was the same emotion for so many other families in the parish. There was a lot more than 200 at the game. People were smuggled through the gates in the boots of cars; others sought and found gaps in perimeter fencing; some sneaked in when officials were distracted; a few climbed walls in their desperation to see the game.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Time and history conferred character on this home

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The Hermitage, Ballymoe: on the market with a €425,000 guide price.

The Hermitage at Lisnageeragh, Ballymoe is a property on which time and history has conferred a character that no new property could mirror.

Overlooking 16.3 acres of rolling green fields which are included in the sale, this is indeed a unique house and comes to market with charming well maintained stone buildings. These could provide further family accommodation, holiday rentals or craft studios.

The front hall has a beautiful, curved window and leads to two reception rooms on either side of the house. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a black cast iron surround and wooden floors which gleam from years of care and reflect the light coming from two large windows. To the right-hand side, the dining room also has an attractive bay window and an oil-fired stove and it is indeed the perfect social /entertaining space.

To the rear of the house the kitchen is a classic example of a successful marriage of the old and the new. Bespoke shaker style units combine perfectly with modern recessed lighting, attractive tiling and includes a pantry area to one side. A good-sized bedroom and adjacent bathroom complete the downstairs of the main house.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms one of which has an en suite shower. The main bedroom is a delightful space which leads to another small room, a perfect nursery or walk in wardrobe.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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A time when we learned once more that no man is an island

Francis Farragher

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Country singer Dolly Parton getting the jab: she sang about it and part-funded research on the vaccine.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

One of the oft-repeated pub jokes whenever the price drink was increased, whether it by Finance Ministers or publicans who felt that their margins were being whittled away, was that: “As long as it doesn’t get scarce, we’ll be happy enough.”

Who could have believed though in the first month or two of 2020 that this scenario would unfold (at least in pubs), where the opportunity to meet friends – and the odd ‘auld enemy’ too – over a couple of pints in the local bar would be snatched away from us?

We probably have learned to adapt to the reality of the pandemic and most of us will remember the real sense of fear and constriction that pervaded our every word and action early last year.

2020 was the universal version of ‘annus horribilis’ – the term made famous by Queen Elizabeth in 1992 when royal marriages started to collapse like cards houses in the breeze.

Being of rural stock, I loved the little video earlier this from country music icon, Dolly Parton, who adapted a verse of her famous Jolene song to mark her first shot of the Moderna vaccine (she also donated $1 million to its research) in a very sincere effort to try and encourage the general public to get inoculated.

“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

I’m begging of you not to hesitate,

Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine,

Cause when you’re dead that’s a bit too late.”

A year before that, times were indeed very strange across Ireland and indeed the world. I remember on the Sunday night before St. Patrick’s Day when a sense of incredulity greeted the news in my own local that ‘a lot of the pubs in Galway city were closing down’. Surely, this couldn’t happen in our own little watering hole in the sticks, but it did.

Michael Karmen’s soundtrack from the Band of Brothers series – a wonder piece of music even to my untrained ear – will always remind me of that early Spring period of lockdown in 2020.

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€4.5m worth of property sold during online event

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This detached house at Seacrest in Knocknacarra attracted a "staggering" level of interest.

More than €4.5 million worth of sales were recorded at the O’Donnellan & Joyce auction last week, where 350 people had pre-registered to bid on the 40 properties which went under the hammer.

80% of the properties sold during the auction or following negotiations immediately afterwards.

Among the properties sold at the auction were:

106 Seacrest, Knocknacarra, Galway. Guiding at €250,000 due to the extent of renovation and upgrade works required, the auctioneers were staggered at the level of interest in this 4-bed detached house.

Siobhra Hennessy, Senior Auction Co-Ordinator, said: “There is an increasing demand for city centre homes in need of repair. Couples want to put their own stamp on a property and often look for properties similar to this.”

Bidding commenced at €250,000 but quickly rose to over €350,000. After intense bidding from a number of internet and telephone bidders, the sale price of €364,000 was reached and the deal was done.

192 Bohermore, Galway. A 2-bed terraced house which attracted great attention, with many enquiries and bidders pre-registering. The house needs complete restoration and modernisation works but obviously appealed to a wide audience. It guided at €120,000, but sold for €179,000, despite the great amount of work required. Again, this is an example of a near-derelict building that offered great potential.

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