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Soaps might have seen their day as YouTube provides new reality

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

Back in the days when most of us had as much chance of travelling to England as holidaying on the moon, the only insight into the day-to-day lives of the ordinary Brits was beamed into our homes via the world of soaps.

It wasn’t until much later we realised these weren’t ordinary lives at all, because people don’t fight and kill each other half as much in reality as they do in Eastenders – and they don’t marry all of their neighbours in the course of a lifetime as they do in Coronation Street.

But whether your preference was for the Mitchells and the Beales down south or Bet Lynch and Jack and Vera up north, many of us viewers built our evening around the starting time of their favourite soap.

And we took this so seriously that there was once a man who successfully stood for election in Donegal on a double-edged platform – ‘Brits Out and Free BBC’.

We no more knew the Duckworths or the Barlows than we knew Nelson Mandela and yet we spent half an hour a couple of times a week in their living rooms – in the case of Hilda Ogden, a room which had three ceramic ducks nailed in flight to the flock-wallpapered wall.

Closer to home, those who remember the early days of RTÉ will recall Tolka Row; those of an older but more recent vintage lived with The Riordans or Bracken or Glenroe – and still Fair City ploughs its soapy furrow with Jim Bartley making it all the way from Tolka Row to now.

TG4 has enjoyed phenomenal success with Ros na Rún, having cottoned onto the fact that the Irish language somehow accords you greater latitude to tackle the sort of issues that wouldn’t even make it onto Hollyoaks.

We were suckers for soaps no matter where they came from – Home and Away, Dallas, Knot’s Landing, Dynasty, Emmerdale, the lot – but it seems not so much anymore.

Back when Dirty Den – the now departed Leslie Grantham – handed Angie her divorce papers on Christmas Day, thirty million Brits tuned in to witness the drama.

When Hilda Ogden waved bye-bye to Coronation Street a year later, an audience of 27 million tuned in.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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