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Remembering the days of the shelves of Penguins

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-Apr-2011

Interesting to hear on one of the RTÉ radio book programmes lately that Penguin are bringing out editions of some of the most popular works of today . . . which brings me back to the dim distant days when I was in digs, or a flat.

In those times, just about everyone seemed to have the Penguin edition of books like Orwell’s 1984, Keep The Aspidestra Flying, Brighton Rock, To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, Lord Of The Flies, Of Mice And Men, For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Grapes of Wrath.

The pretty eclectic choices were put on makeshift bookshelves in flats and digs which were weighed-down with the collections. You wonder if there are similar collections these days in view of the growth of television, the increased use of DVDs, the exponentially increased use of the Internet, and all of the social networking that goes on through YouTube, Facebook and the like.

My betting is that there are long shelves of useless videos waiting to be dumped, endless lines of DVDs which were swopped, or got as Christmas presents, but that this technology is also going to be out of date because of the increasing ability to download. In 10 years’ time, will these be the equivalent of the now untouched books of my heyday?

The outcome seems inevitable looking at the changes in the music industry . . . and interesting to note that some of the software technology in the film download area was pioneered in Galway not so many years ago.

Maybe all these changes have replaced the concept of sitting in a chair reading a book . . . goodness it sounds so old-fashioned and so solitary now, though I am not all that impressed by the idea of a ‘social life’ built through electronic social networking. It seems a bit like the idea of a ‘text message’ compared to an actual conversation.

The numbers of advertisements on certain channels involving agencies which offer to introduce people to each other – I am speaking of the legitimate introductory agencies! – may be an indicator of a significant number of people more reliant on the electronic media to simply contact other humans.

That said, I have to admit that, increasingly, I find myself using something like Google when I want to chase-up some reference or other . . . it’s that, or poke about in the garage, or the attic, among literally hundreds of editions of books, many of them the familiar Penguins of all those years ago.

I am doubly hampered in this department because, more than 20 years ago, we moved house from one town to another and part of the packing process was the business of getting all those eight or 10 shilling editions of Penguin books together, putting them into boxes. I have to confess that I never opened many of those boxes again!

The boxes were loaded into a CIE truck, moved to our new house in Waterford, moved again when we came back to Galway . . . and then left strategically placed on the joists in piles in the attic from whence they have never been moved in more than 20 years.

There was a kind of recurring mental half-promise on my part that, some day, I really must unpack them. But the memory of the fearful weight of those boxes, and perhaps the onset of a greater degree of laziness on my part, meant that they still sit accusingly in the attic all those years later, only seen occasionally when there is frost and a danger of a burst pipe in the attic.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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