A Different View with Dave O’Connell
Mark Zuckerberg and Christy Moore may seem like an unlikely pair of bedfellows but they do share one characteristic at least – a propensity to sweat on a very public stage.
In contrast of course, former minor British Royal, Randy Andy – or Prince Andrew as he’s known to his mother – doesn’t sweat at all, something he puts down to a fright he got on ‘military service’ during his short time playing with guns.
The bould Christy never tried to hide his perspiration, soaked on stage in his grandfather vest to an extent that he looked like he was singing in the rain.
The Facebook founder’s sweat secret came to light in a recent book which claimed that Zuckerberg once had such an issue before public speaking engagements that he had staff to specifically blow-dry his armpits.
That’s a luxury that only the very wealthy can afford, but it’s also proof that even money can’t buy you dry armpits.
Steven Levy – the author of Facebook: The Inside Story – reveals that, as his wealth and power increased, Zuckerberg would demand that the backstage area at speaking events be cooled to 15C or lower.
The consolation for the sweaty duo is that, even in the world of celebrity, they are far from on their own.
About five per cent of the world’s population suffer from hyperhidrosis, as excessive sweating is medically known – and given that this would constitute somewhere around seven and a half million people, there was always going to be a few familiar faces among them.
So step forward Halle Berry, who once showed her sweaty pits to Ellen DeGeneres on live television – and if she can still be Catwoman in a PVC suit, then clearly perspiration doesn’t have to be an insurmountable problem.
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie