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The fool’s guide to New Year survival

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

It’s that time of year again for those seasonal tips about all the right things in life that we should be doing for the coming 12 months, from being the most abstentious of mortals as regards all temptations of ‘the drink and the flesh’ to befriending our most despised enemies. To make it easy, we’ll stick with the alphabetical version of the guide, but as we’d see in all the more serious lifestyle ’bibles’, the author takes no responsibility for anybody foolish to adhere to the strategies outlined below.

A is for all those foolish people who listen to lifestyle gurus, fitness fanatics, wellness people, moderation counsellors and dieticians, advising them to change their ways in life. Worse still, many of them fork out half decent money for the advice, but by February 1, everything is back to normal.

B is bearing up stoically to all catastrophes in life such as the sudden disappearances of the small items in our lives like keys, glasses, mobile phones, remote controls and pocket torches. It’s not that they’re ever really lost . . . but we just can’t find them when we want them.

C is for cattle in yards and pens who will always go the wrong way when the right way is entirely obvious to us humans. Impromptu outpourings of bad language from ‘the man in charge’ achieve absolutely nothing, apart from providing the farmer with a release valve for his frustrations.

D is for deadlines that all of us in newspaper have the most intense love/hate relationships with. Without them, we’d probably never get a word written or a column finished but yet they instil the most disturbing sense of fear into the innermost caverns of our minds in front of a blank screen.

E is for all the exotic and erotic things in life that we’re never going to experience, either because we’re running out of time or money or courage . . . or all three. As one decade just slips into the next, ‘being here and healthy’ is pretty much as good as it gets.

F is for Francis, no not me, but our great Papa in Rome who just makes me feel at times that there is an ordinary, humble person in charge of our church who’s more at home meeting poor people than having his nose stuck in a weighty book of theology.

G is for all the gaffers of the world – the good, the bad and the ugly – who keep on guiding our paths with such assiduousness in moments of trouble and strife and good times as well. Refer back to D and deadlines – gaffers too are necessary, if disturbing at times.

H is for all the people of the world who have never lost their sense of humour and who at most times can have a little laugh at themselves when things haven’t quite worked out according to plan.

I is for all the Indians that I shot as a young cowboy ‘doing the rounds’ between the bushes following the arrival many years ago, of Santa Claus with a toy six-shooter and a box of caps. The old Westerns had a lot to answer for, back the years.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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1922

Scabs warning

An exciting incident in connection with the postal strike occurred at Mary-st., Galway, at four o’clock last Saturday afternoon.

An official of the Galway Electric Lighting Company, Ltd., accompanied by another official, had gone to the central post office at Eglinton-street to collect the letters of the company. Shortly after he had left, it was alleged that he had taken other letters for delivery in Mary-street on his way back to the works.

The strike picket immediately gave chase, and an exciting scene, which was witnessed by a number of people in the street, followed.

The officials of the company were chased into the licensed premises of Mr. J. S. Young, but it could not be found that they had delivered any letters.

“We did not see them delivering any letters,” said one of the strikers. “Anyhow, an undertaking has been signed now not to attempt to deliver any to other people.”

A few national soldiers in uniform were standing at the Eglinton-street end of Mary-street during the incident. Four lady members of the staff at the Galway central office returned to work on Saturday and were understood to be engaged upon sorting of letters recently delivered by road.

It is stated that letters are also being posted at the central boxes. Meanwhile the picket remains almost continuously “on duty” outside the office, in front of which two boards have been place, one stating, “Don’t take letters from scabs”; and another “Restricted Services – Four do the work of forty-two”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Good to be young again even for only two hours

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Blue skies . . . 80,000 fans . . . and one Garth Brooks 'belting it out' on stage.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

OKAY, so I must admit to being one of the approximately 400,000 ‘Paddies’ who made the trek or pilgrimage to Croke Park a couple of weeks back to see one Garth Brookes, even if there was an element of chance to the escapade.   Tickets rather unexpectedly happened to come my way and a family gang of us set off to the North Circular Road on a Saturday afternoon hit-and-run mission with no overnight stay on the agenda due to a combination of late enquiries and high prices.

It wasn’t the first time that I’ve listened to the man from Oklahoma – the last occasion being in the then Point Theatre in Dublin – which I thought only felt like yesterday, that is of course until I looked it up, to discover that it was 1994.

Most things these days seem like the line from the Rod McKuen song, Love’s Been Good To Me of: ‘It seems like only yesterday, as down the road I go’, but I was quite taken aback that 28 Summers had passed since that trip to The Point.

Garth Brooks is a hard phenomenon to figure out and while I didn’t venture to Croke Park bubbling with youthful enthusiasm (come to think about, quite an impossibility), all the reports coming back from the Jones’ Road venue on the concerts had been positive.

This grandfather of 60-years-of-age, who is now married to second wife Trisha Yearwood, really seems to have a kind of spell on the Irish. He does all the right things like wrapping the tricolour around him as he traipses around the stage, but yet there’s something more to him than that.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Be good to your heart and keep stress at bay

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Suzanne Ennis, clinical manager with the mental health charity Turn2Me.

Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

So, how are your stress levels these days?  I’ve been told I’ve turned into a maniac by my resident psychotherapists. I think it’s worst on the days I have to face into that Galway City traffic morning and evening.

And when I’m told that two Leap cards with money on both have simply disappeared into thin air. And that was just this morning before we left the house.

I’m blaming my hormones now I’ve hit 50. A HRT patch and a progesterone tablet at night time is not cutting it on those days when 24 hours is just not long enough to fit everything in.

Thursday is World Heart Day, which is a good time to pause and think about reducing stress levels due to the strong link between stress and heart conditions.

Suzanne Ennis, clinical manager at the mental health charity, Turn2Me, has highlighted how chronic stress can lead to a stroke or heart attack because it disrupts nearly every system in your body.

Turn2Me was founded in 2009 after Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard lost their brother to suicide in 2003. The charity, which is partly funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, has several free weekly support groups and one-to-one counselling sessions available to assist with managing stress for adults and young people aged 12 and up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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