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Staying local makes butcher Justin a cut above the rest

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It’s as modern and pristine a butcher’s shop as you would see in the most urban shopping centre, but Justin Flannery’s outlet in Peterswell just outside Gort is also old fashioned in the best sense of the word.

On a Friday afternoon, trade is brisk as regular customers come from near and far to buy their meat from a source they know and trust.

Justin’s butchers shop is unusual in that it is located on his 120-acre farm, down the end of a long driveway in the middle of the countryside. It’s also beside the family abattoir which was set up by Justin’s father in the 1970s and has since been expanded by his son.

Justin has an easygoing manner but he is a man who believes in hard work and planning. That approach has seen him create a successful business that supplies local people with their meat as well as restaurants such as the Gallery in Gort, Pat McDonagh’s successful fast food chain Supermac’s – where his mince is used in its Taco fries – and Magnetti Brothers, the Galway company that makes Italian meals for supermarkets. He also supplies the burgers for Kettle of Fish restaurants.

Justin’s father, Brendan who is originally from the parish of Leitrim and Ballyduggan outside Loughrea, moved to Peterswell after buying the farm from his aunt.

A self-taught butcher, he established the abattoir on the farm in the early 1970s. At that stage it was all ‘deep-freeze work’, says Justin, explaining that he mostly served farmers who came in with their own cattle or sheep.

“Dad would kill the animal, hang it, freeze it and give it to them,” he explains. But when Justin got involved fulltime in the 1990s, he realised change was needed.

As children were leaving home and family numbers were getting smaller, the freezer work was declining. So he adapted and, in 2003, this shop was opened.

“I started selling half sides of beef and lamb to people, who didn’t want a full animal and we started doing direct sales, too.”

At that point, the Flannerys also reared their own lamb – since then they have focused on cattle and poultry, but they still buy all their lamb from within the parish, he says.

Their pork comes from the award-winning Waldron Meats in Athlone, with whom Justin has been dealing since the beginning, while he also stocks Poulataggle organic hens’ eggs from Tubber.

“It’s all local. The furthest we go for a product is to McCarthy’s in Kanturk for black pudding and they are gold-medal winners.”

Justin, who is one of a family of four, always loved farming and when he left school in 1989 he followed in his father’s footsteps.

“The farming way of life is grand, I like being outside and I loved the idea of working for myself,” he says simply. As children, Justin, his brother and two sisters had helped their father in the abattoir when things were busy, so he knew exactly what was involved.

“You got a knife and you learned on the job,” he says with a laugh.
Occasionally, you hear tales of conflict between fathers and sons when it comes to inheriting family farms, but the Flannerys had no issues, says Justin.

 

Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Michael Smyth, turning the first sod of the new £86,000 community centre at Shantalla on August 6, 1971

1921

Treatment of women

At the meeting of the Galway Board of Guardians on Wednesday, Mr. Pk. Thornton in the chair, a discussion took place regarding the admission of women with illegitimate children.

Mr. Cooke said that it was one of those questions which the Dáil Éireann was trying to solve. The assistant clerk said that Galway was only a small place in comparison to other places.

A member said that these people were coming in month after month, and it was perfectly scandalous.

Mrs. Young said that the practice should be stopped as in England. The assistant clerk said that they had laws of their own in England in regard to this matter. Mrs. Young said that it was a matter that the guardians should go into.

Clerk: So these women assist in washing and scrubbing, Mr. O’Toole?

Master: Yes, they do.

Mrs. Young: Until you tackle the thing, you can never make much headway. The nuns were terrified by some of them who absolutely refused to work.

Mr. Cooke: They should be cleared out.

Chairman: It is not fair for any able-bodied woman to be in the workhouse at the ratepayers’ expense.

The clerk said that this question was one of the most difficult which had confronted Dáil Éireann, and they were looking the matter up.

Profiteering black spot

Galway is the blackest spot in Ireland for profiteering. It is maintaining its inglorious record in extortion – a record that all but killed the race meeting some years ago and diverted the stream of visitors from the town for nearly a decade.

If this flagrant profiteering continues, it will have the result of reducing the city ultimately to poverty, whilst the few grow rich. The economic balance must be maintained. Elsewhere desperate efforts are being made to maintain it.

Prices must come back. Labour in Galway has done absolutely nothing to bring them back, because Labour in Galway appears to be less intelligently led than elsewhere. Yet unemployment is rife amongst us, poverty is already knocking consistently at the door of not a few, wages are falling and must fall.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Overcoming obstacles thrown up by pandemic

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Founder of Stepping Stones low-cost counselling clinic, Chelsie Daly. Her book is called Covid-19 and Ever Changing Life.

Fashion, beauty and lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Many workers have returned to the office this week for the first time since Covid-19 flattened our population.  Of course there will be those rejoicing at the prospect of getting out of the house, milling with other humans and being able to grab a coffee that’s not from your own kettle.

But no doubt it is a daunting prospect for a sizeable proportion of the workforce.

After so long isolated from friends, family and regular routine, returning to an enclosed space with others who are not obliged to be vaccinated can be frightening.

As psychotherapist Chelsie Daly explains, many of us who never struggled with our mental health continue to experience feelings that are difficult to process.

“I have found that Covid-19 has affected everyone of us. I have noticed an increase in anxiety among my clients due to the ever-changing reality of the past year and a half. It was difficult to adapt to lockdown and once we learned how to do that we are returning to life as it was before, which has also increased anxiety in many of us,” she reflects.

Chelsie, 26, set up a low-cost counselling service in Glenrock Business Park in Galway City called Stepping Stones in 2018. It started as an outlet to share information and meeting peers for coffee and walks. While completing her masters in 2019 it grew into a practice with five therapists, offering sessions costing €40.

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We should never have doubted Orwell in his ‘1984’ predictions

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

AS old fogeys go, I am, up to a certain point, reasonably comfortable with the basics (well the ‘very basics’) of technology. I work on a Dell computer, I have an iPhone, I like looking up weather charts on the different sites, but I’m still a little perplexed with the notion that almost every move I make can be watched by someone out there in the ether.

A friend of mine, who changed his phone relatively recently, could show me his movements on a particular day from a couple of years back, and I have always wondered why some advertisements which might be of special interest to me keep appearing on my screen when I’m looking up something.

I also remember being quite ashamed back the years to admitting that I was the owner of a mobile phone. Somehow, it seemed to indicate that I had risen above my station in life, so it was only used on very limited occasions, and hardly at all in public.

That old Fordson Major of a phone that I first owned did though, here and there, have its uses. There was a day down by the river when I needed someone to plug out the electric fence at the home base, and there was just unbounded joy at being able to ring from the waterside, get through, and be able to work away without having to walk back to complete that chore.

In fairness to the old Nokia (or was it a Motorola?), she was quite a trusted friend. On one occasion, it fell from the tractor, split into a number of different pieces, but still worked again when all the bits were put together. It didn’t really matter that in half the places I went to, there was either zero coverage or the feeling that the person at the other end of the line was millions of miles away, which I think has led to a habit that I’ve never quite kicked, namely that of shouting into the phone.

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