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Time with Mother Teresa inspired Carer of the Year

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A County Galway woman who credits her time in Calcutta working with Mother Teresa for contributing to her positive approach in caring for her mother has been named as Galway Carer of the Year.

Mary Sheanon-Mahon of New Inn has been providing full-time care for her mum for the past four years. Mary’s mum has a number of serious health issues including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes and osteoporosis. Mary’s dad has been in a nursing home for the past 11 years.

Mary’s nominations cited her “hard work and her amazing effort in giving her mum a comfortable life”. One nomination describes Mary as “extremely kind, patient and focused on improving the quality of life for her mum, in a loving and dignified manner… she does all this with great love and kindness.” Another said Mary was “an inspiration to us all and the love and depth of care that she gives her mother is absolutely beautiful.”

Mary and her husband Noel have made Co Leitrim their home but she decided to return to her roots four years ago to provide full-time care as her mum’s health deteriorated. Noel travels weekly to Galway to spend time with his wife.

Accepting the award at a dinner in the Meadow Court Hotel in Loughrea, Mary dedicated it to her mother Mary Sheanon and all those caring for loved ones at home.

She also thanked her husband Noel for supporting her decision to return to her former home.

Mary received news of the award on the day her mother was admitted to hospice.

She described it as an honour to care for her mother and recalled how she had learned a lot about caring while working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1994.

Mary said that the past few years had been a journey for both of them, difficult in different ways.

She admitted that the life of a family carer can be challenging and at times very lonely and said it had taken time for the both of them to adjust.

The award followed an unprecedented number of nominations from the public and a decision by an independent judging panel.

Mary will represent Galway City and County at the national awards being held in the Westin Hotel Dublin on November 12.

The awards celebrate the contribution of family carers across Ireland, who provide high levels of care in the home to loved ones, including older people, terminally ill people and those with disabilities.

All entrants receive a commemorative certificate.

“Family caring is a labour of love and these awards are an opportunity to celebrate carers and their dedication to their loved ones,” said Ann Gardiner, family carer support officer with The Carers Association Galway.

“The Galway Carer of the Year award recognises the dedication and enormous contribution of the region’s 10,500 family carers. We are delighted to present this year’s well-deserved award to Mary Sheanon-Mahon.”

Galway man Noel Timothy was named the 2008 Carer of the Year nationally, caring for his wife Evelyn, who has dementia, son Steven who has physical disabilities following a motorbike accident and his teenage son, James, who has a moderate learning disability.

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Vitamin D and good postural balance may help as we age

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Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Having just turned 50 aging is particularly on my mind this month. So two recent studies about aging peaked my interest which are worth sharing. The first is a study from the University of South Australia and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It is based on data from 294,514 participants from the UK Biobank, a biomedical database with half a million British participants.

Scientists found that in some populations, up to 17 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented simply by raising people’s vitamin D in the blood to 50 nmol/L, which is considered to be the normal level.

Dementia affects over 55 million people worldwide and every year 10 million new cases are diagnosed so the implications could be huge.

It is the first time the impact of very low levels of vitamin D are examined on the risks of dementia and stroke by using genetic analyses among a large study population.

There is widespread vitamin D deficiency among people worldwide, even in sunny regions where sun awareness campaigns, indoor living and other factors contribute to the low vitamin D levels,

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway in Days Gone By

Galway In Days Gone By

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Rev Fr Raymond Watters O.P recites a decade of the rosary as the rain begins to pour down during the Blessing of Galway Bay on August 15, 1882.

1922

Dawn surrender

National troops operating from Galway and Athenry at dawn on Wednesday morning surrounded an area about four miles between Liscananaun village and Aucloggeen, on the eastern side of the Corrib, and after a smart movement captured nineteen irregulars, with their officers, twenty-two service and Mauser rifles, a number of service revolvers and automatics, and considerable quantities of ammunition for bombs.

The National troops were under command of Co-Commandant Austin Brennan, O.C., Galway area, and the various battalion and company officers, and the plan to surround these villages, which lie in a marshy waste between the Curragh Line, or Galway-Headford road, and the main road from Galway to Tuam, was evolved after information had been received that a number of irregulars were quartered there, and were commandeering sheep and foodstuffs from people in surrounding districts.

Slowly and silently, accompanied by a Lancia armoured car on which machine guns were mounted, the National troops moved out from Galway shortly before two a.m. on Wednesday. One column took the Galway to Headford road, the other taking the Tuam road.

The column operating on the Headford road swung to the right beyond the Cregg river, taking the road to Drumgriffin. By dawn they had taken up extended formation in the woods around Cregg Castle, and this formed a trap into which the irregulars were subsequently driven.

Trade unions position

Mr. Cathal O’Shannon, T.D., in his presidential address at the Trade Union Congress on Monday, declare that organised Labour was separate from and independent of any political party, and would take no dictation from any quarter outside its own ranks.

He strongly protested against militarism, from whatever quarter it came, and condemned the political censorship of thought and opinion, the ignoring of laws relating to the custody of prisoners, the existence of a semi-military police force, and the propaganda on both sides.

The present conflict or strife, he declared, was unnecessary and counselled the Irish workers to keep aloof from it.

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Trying to find the time to slow down that clock

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

AS one gets older the realisation dawns that time – and not material wealth – is our greatest asset but boy does that clock fairly freewheel around with each passing year.

Anytime a conversation switches around to the question of: “How long is such-and-such a person dead,” the guesstimate answers usually need to be doubled. Looking back on time makes us all realise how fast it is flying by.

I always contend that winning the lotto – as exciting and all as that would be – would not make any of us one second younger and in all probability would not add on one day to our eventual date with destiny.  In fact it might even know a few years off if we lost the rag and went mad with the lucre.

My late father used to have a favourite saying about wealth and money namely that while it wouldn’t necessarily bring you happiness in this world it would ‘help you to enjoy your misery’.

Even a couple of Sundays back while sitting in the Hogan Stand and witnessing Galway’s gallant attempt to win the All-Ireland title, it was kind of hard to credit that 21-years had passed since we were last in a senior final and 24-years since we ended a 32-year famine with the victory over Kildare in 1998.

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