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Telling stories to make sense of life

Judy Murphy

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Mary Costello: 'I don’t think I’d write if I didn’t have to.' PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Lifestyle – For many years, Mary Costello tried to ignore her need to tell stories. It was a burden that she wanted to disappear. But it wouldn’t and in her mid-40s she emerged as a major new voice in Irish fiction.  As her new novel is published, the award-winning author from Menlough explains to JUDY MURPHY how she learned to embrace her talent and the joy it has brought her.

“When I’m not writing, I’m not right,” says author Mary Costello. “When I’m writing, I’m not either, but I’m more right,” she adds with a laugh.

Writing is what the Menlough woman does, having quit her teaching job in her 40s to finally deal with a ‘gnaw’ that she had tried to ignore for years.

It was a wise decision for Mary, whose second novel, The River Capture, has just been published.

Beautifully written, incisive, compassionate and humorous, The River Capture covers a series of defining events in the life of 34-year-old Luke O’Brien from Waterford. An English teacher on a career break, Luke lives alone in his childhood home on the family farm, reading, thinking and caring for his elderly aunt, Ellen. The arrival of a young woman, Ruth, into his mostly-solitary world throws everything into flux and the events that follow drive Luke to near madness.

“Porous and deeply permeable to the landscape,” is how his creator describes him.

The river that runs near the house is Luke’s constant companion, as are Leopold Bloom and James Joyce. Mary’s novel is a tribute to Ulysses although you don’t need to have read it to become immersed in The River Capture.

Circumstances force Luke to “deal with a dark night of the soul”, where he goes mad with distress and “everything he has ever read and observed comes out in a flood of thoughts”, his creator explains.

There is a satisfying resolution but not a conventional happy ending. Mary doesn’t do them.

“Life is messy and there are no neat endings,” she says.

Softly spoken and deeply attentive, she is utterly single-minded when it comes to her work.

“I have to be loyal to my character and let Luke unfold as he presents to me. I’m not going to compromise. Otherwise your writing loses integrity.”

In addition, she observes, “you have to respect the reader and the reader’s intelligence”.

That’s exactly what Mary has done with this novel and its predecessor, 2014’s Academy Street. That followed the publication of her short-story collection, The China Factory, in 2012. The China Factory, published when she was in her mid-40s, was nominated for the Guardian First Book award, while the Irish Times reviewer felt it showed Mary was “the real deal, capable of turning clay into porcelain”.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Government publishes list of ‘essential service providers’

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The Government has this evening published the list of essential service providers who are permitted to travel to and from work during the lockdown until April 12.

The following is the guidance issued:

 

What employers should do

  • refer to this guidance to decide whether your organisation is providing an essential service; it is not necessary to seek official authorisation
  • if you are providing an essential service, you should identify those employees (including sub-contractors etc) who are essential to the provision of that service and notify them (this can be done by category of employee or by individual; it could include all employees of the organisation)
  • if you are providing an essential service, latest public health guidance should be followed at all times

What employees should do

  • if your employer notifies you that you are an essential employee, or that you belong to a category of essential employees, you are permitted to travel to and from work
  • when travelling to and from work, you should at all times bring with you either a work identification or a letter from your employer indicating that you are an essential employee, as well as one other form of identification
  • If you are self-employed, a farmer or agricultural worker, or a member of the clergy, you should carry one form of identification with you at all times.

If you are a volunteer who is working as part of the national community response, you are permitted to travel for that purpose, eg if you are delivering food, supplies or medicine to a person who is cocooned or vulnerable. The Local Government emergency response teams will co-ordinate that response at local level.

Business Continuity and Resilience

All organisations who provide essential services should have business continuity and resilience plans in place. This should take account of the possibility that key workers or key facilities may be impacted by COVID-19.

Non Essential Services

If you are not engaged in the provision of essential services, then you are not permitted to travel to and from work until April 12th 2020.

There will be a grace period until 6pm on Monday March 30th for people who need to make necessary arrangements to wind down their activities in an orderly way. This should however be done in a way that minimises travel and personal interaction as much as possible.

In exceptional circumstances, it is accepted that some extra time will be needed for a wind down of activity, or necessary for a site to continue to operate at a reduced level of activity eg in complex manufacturing processes or very large construction projects.

Review

This Guidance will be kept under ongoing review, and will be updated as required.

Services provided in the following areas are considered to be essential:

Agriculture & Fishing

  • farmers
  • farm labourers
  • farm relief service workers,
  • others involved directly or indirectly in crop and animal production and related activities (including veterinary services), and workers involved in fishing

Manufacturing

  • the manufacture of food and beverage products
  • the manufacture of prepared animal feeds
  • the manufacture of work-wear apparel or footwear
  • the manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard and wood;
  • the printing and reproduction of newspapers and other media services
  • the manufacturing of coke and refined petroleum products
  • the manufacturing of alumina; chemicals and chemical products
  • the manufacture of pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • the manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services; computer, electronic and optical products including semi-conductors; electrical equipment, machinery and other equipment (including agricultural and forestry machinery); medical devices; and medical and dental equipment and supplies.

Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment

  • the supply, repair and installation of machinery and equipment and industrial machinery and equipment for essential services

Electricity, Gas & Water

  • electric power generation, transmission and distribution
  • extraction and distribution of gas;
  • water collection, treatment and supply
  • sewerage; waste collection, remediation activities and other waste management treatment and disposal activities

Construction

  • essential health and related projects relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects;
  • repair/construction of critical road and utility infrastructure
  • delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing.

Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • retail services in accordance with the separate “Updated Essential Retail Outlets ” list;
  • wholesale and distribution services necessary for the sale of food, beverages, fuel, medicines, medical products and devices and essential household products; takeaways and food delivery services

Transport Storage and Communication

  • land transport (e.g. bus, rail and taxi services)
  • road, rail, sea and air freight
  • sea and air passenger services; ports and airports
  • warehousing and support activities for transportation including cargo-handling; postal and courier activities; network control and critical maintenance (including roads); and safety related functions

Accommodation and Food Services

  • hotels or similar providing essential accommodation (including homeless, direct provision and related services)
  • food and beverage service activities in accordance with the separate the essential retail outlets listlist or for supply to a business engaged in an essential service

Information and Communications

  • the publishing of newspapers, journals and periodicals as well as video, television programme production, sound recording, radio and television broadcasting; wired and satellite and telecommunications activities; internet and cloud providers; data centres and related services.

Financial and legal activities

  • banking and financial services (including banks, credit unions and post offices)
  • accountancy, legal and insurance services necessary to support essential services and vulnerable people

Professional, Scientific and Technical activities

  • engineering, technical testing activities and analysis
  • scientific research and development activities
  • regulation, inspection and certification services necessary to support essential services

Rental and Leasing Activities

  • rental and lease of cars
  • light motor vehicles and trucks necessary to support the provision of essential services.

Administrative and Support Services

Where necessary to support other essential services:

  • employment placement and human resources associated with the recruitment and deployment of workers
  • security activities to assist in the delivery of essential services and the securing of premises closed to the public
  • cleaning of buildings and industrial cleaning activities; business support activities which are necessary to support essential services included on this list; payroll and payment services necessary for the operation of businesses; data processing, hosting and related activities.

Public Administration and Defence

Public administration activities necessary to support essential services and provision of social protection benefits (including Civil Service and Local Government);

  • An Garda Siochana, Garda Staff and the Garda Reserve
  • public order, safety, fire service and ambulance activities
  • the Defence Forces;
  • emergency call answering service to ensure administration of justice;
  • Prison services and Child Detention services
  • cyber-security
  • regulatory processes and certification required to ensure supply chains, food, medicine and general process safety
  • operation of botanical gardens, parks, forests and nature reserves
  • funeral services
  • religious personnel
  • office-holders and public representatives

Human health and social work activities

  • hospital services
  • paramedical and essential therapy activities
  • public health activities (including all those deployed to contract tracing and COVID-19 testing services)
  • laboratory services
  • drug treatment and addiction services
  • hospice services
  • pharmacy services
  • primary care, general and specialist medical practice activities provided by public and private providers
  • emergency dental practice activities
  • blood donation service
  • residential care activities (including nursing care, mental health and substance abuse, elderly and persons with disabilities, children’s residential services)
  • homecare home help and other community services
  • social work and social care activities (including disability services, mental health, child protection and welfare, domestic, sexual and gender based violence, homeless services including outreach)
  • ambulance/pre-hospital emergency care services
  • minor injury units
  • maternity services
  • health, social work, environmental, food safety regulatory activities

Community/Voluntary Services

  • community and voluntary workers, working in a publicly commissioned service, not otherwise included on the list, deployed to assist in the delivery of essential services *volunteer services operating under the local authority emergency management framework in accordance with public health guidance
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Connemara native goes online for revision courses and online weekly classes

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Julie Kilmartin, from the Heart of the Gaeltacht in Connemara has switched all of their Easter Revision Courses to online access commencing early April 2020. Julie watched the crisis unfold in Italy and realized that the closure of Irish schools was only a matter of time. The week prior to the closure, Julie contacted her team of excellent teachers and requested that they prepare to record the courses in advance. Incredibly, the majority of teachers responded and agreed.

Upon the announcement of school closures, with the uncertainty of Easter and schools still been closed, Julie and her team made the decision to switch all courses online. Time was critical if these courses could be rolled out, online for early April.

According to Julie Kilmartin- this is simply a mammoth task. We have so many courses on offer and to record professionally in a very limited period is going to be incredibly demanding. However, we are delighted with our progress and we are on target. I have to pay tribute to our Amazing Team of Teachers and Wendigo Medial from Limerick. We are currently recording 10 hours per day, 7 days a week. Our college in Limerick has turned into a Mini Hollywood Set!

Kilmartin Educational Services will offer a Comprehensive Revision Course Package for both Junior and Leaving Certificate students. Students will have full access to all recorded courses. These courses are ideal in this current COVID-19 crisis where students must stay at home. Now students can access Revision of Vital Exam Topics at the click of a button with the ability to Revise – Rewind- from the comfort of their home with the back up of revision notes for every course.

Julie Kilmartin is responding to the needs of Junior and Leaving Cert. students. Together in Separation where we are physically distanced and digitally connected. Julie is bringing her Amazing team of students to the homes of Irish students in April 2020.

Students can access these Packages for only €300- full access to everything recorded within Revision Course Package. Full details available at: https://www.kes.ie/easter-2020

Kilmartin Educational Services also are rolling our weekly LIVE and Pre recorded tuition classes for students in a variety of key subjects. Full details: https://www.kes.ie/onlinegrinds

 

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Silver lining found in battle with superbugs

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By Patrick Murphy, Medical Herbalist

Looking back in history, colloidal silver was the number one remedy to stop the spread of viruses. Colloidal silver is claimed to be anti-viral, anti-fungal and a great infection fighter.

Medical firms including London listed Smith & Nephew are turning to the old remedy of silver as they seek innovative ways to combat the nasties and superbugs. Silver has anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties and is often a critical element in bandages used to treat surgical wounds. I am pleased to report an in vitro laboratory study conducted by Smith & Nephew indicated that a silver coated dressing could kill anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The product is already on the market as a dressing for burns.

In my humble opinion, bacteria and viruses have great difficulty in developing immunity to silver because the silver breaks down cell walls and interferes obviously with their respiration and reproduction.

Before World War 2, the most powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance known to medicine was colloidal silver, or small parts of silver, colloidal in size, suspended in distilled water. It was effective against more than 650 different illness-causing bacteria, viruses or fungi. In fact, these days it has been used aggressively to coat vital hospital equipment.

Michael Dirienzo, executive director of the Silver Institute said today’s advances in technology have enabled medical equipment producers to introduce silver coated instruments for use in treating patients, eliminating on contact, every bacterial, fungal and viral exposure [June, 2013].

Colloidal silver can be used in the home for wound disinfecting, mouth-wash, hand disinfecting, spray on cutting boards, counters etc. Disinfect your toilet, shower and bath with colloidal silver. Children all too often put toys in their mouths. Spray the toys with the silver solution.

I am a Medical Herbalist based in Tuam, Co Galway and market top-class colloidal silver. You can purchase my colloidal silver online by going to  www.skinherbalist.com or phone 093 27033.

This article is for educational purposes only. Patrick Murphy makes NO medical claims.

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ALT AR ‘COLLOIDAL SILVER
le Patrick Murphy, Luibheolaí

Fadó, bhí ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ as Béarls, ar ceann de na príomh eilimintí nádúrtha ar fail chun cosaint ó víris, baictéir agus fungais.

Roimh an Dara Cogadh Domhanda bhí sé ar ceann de na frith-vireas, frith-baictéir agus frith-fungais is cumhachtaí agus éifeachtach a bhí ann.

Tá gnéithe nádúrtha san eilimint ‘airgid’ agus tá sé cruthaithe mar díghalraigh chun troda go tréan in aghaidh na víris, baictéir agus fungais éagsúla.

Úsáidtear ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ i gcónaí san ospidéal mar sciath ag clúdach na h-uirlisí tábhachtacha leighis. Leis an dul chun cinn i teicneolaíochta le blianta anuas tá sé á úsáid chun cuidiú le lucht táirgeadh uirlisí leighis freisin.

Is féidir ‘colloidal silver’, atá déanta as ‘airgead agus uisce driogtha, a úsáid mar chosaint sa bhaile. Cuir i gcás ar ghoinn, ar lámha (mar díghalraigh), ag ullumhú bia, sa seomraí folcadh agus sa leithreas. Is iomaí uair, mar shampla, a chuireann páistí a bréagáin ina béil. Cuir ‘colloidal silver’ ar na bréagáin chun cosaint in aghaidh ionfhabhtú.

Tá an Luibheolaí cáiliúila, Patrick Murphy, ag táirgeadh ‘colloidal silver’ agus tá sé ar fáil uaidh.

D’fhólaigm Patrick faoin eilimint ‘colloidal silver’ agus módhanna déantar é breis is 30 bliain ó shin. Fuair sé an t-eolas faoi ón Dr Keith Courtney, saineolaí cáiliúila domhanda ar ‘colloidal silver’.

Tá Patrick le teagmháil ar 093 27033, nó ar www.skinherbalist.com

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