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Veteran councillor pays record price for cattle



He rode into town last Saturday – not with a Big Iron on his hip, but with a bulging wallet – and when he left shortly after high noon, there was scarcely another bidder standing.

This South Galway cowboy had steers on his mind – to tuck into the lush summer grass at his Ardrahan ranch – and by last Saturday evening, 60 top drawer Limousins and Charolais were grazing away peacefully.

Cllr. Michael Fahy, only slightly disguised with a cap, made it a hot day for one and all at Loughrea Mart on Saturday, paying up to €1,650 for a 780kg Charolais – but that was just one of many, many purchases.

When the dust settled and ‘all the shootin’ was over’, Michael Fahy eyeballed Loughrea Mart Manager, Jimmy Cooney, and wrote out a cheque for €92,900.

There were no blinks – and no worries about the cheque either – as the top class animals were transported back to Michael Fahy’s meadows before sundown for a seven months grass holiday on his farm.

“Jimmy Cooney reckoned to me that I broke the Guinness Book of Records for a single farm purchase in the one day and I’m not finished yet either – there’ll be 30 more on the way over the next week or two,” Michael Fahy told the Connacht Tribune.

These are indeed better times for Cllr. Fahy, who served time in Castlerea Prison back in 2007, for an alleged fraud in relation to funding obtained from Galway County Council for a fencing project – his conviction was quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2011.

In his earlier political career, he had been widely known as ‘The Stroke’ having being ‘christened’ by the current day local equivalent of the Rocky Mountain News [the late Connacht Tribune editor, John Cunningham], following an audacious addition to the Fianna Fáil General Election ticket back in the 1970s.

Later, as events transpired and the court case rolled out, he ‘dechristened’ himself from his nickname and asked that in future he be called by his proper name, so there wasn’t even the remotest notion of ‘The Stroke’ appearing at the bottom of his €92,900 cheque last Saturday.

Last year, he ‘bamboozled’ fellow councillors at a morning conference in Cavan when he told them, that before he left his Ardrahan farm at around 7am, he had fed meal to 70 cattle before riding North.

Loughrea Mart Manager, Jimmy Cooney, said that there wouldn’t have been many – if any – marts across the West of Ireland who would have been able to accommodate such a demand from one buyer.

“In fairness, he only buys the best of Charolais and Limousin cattle. We did have to make sure that we had the type of stock he wanted and he’s coming back on Saturday for 30 more,” said Jimmy Cooney.

All in all, busy and better times for the Ardrahan councillor who hasn’t lost his Council seat in 35 years of elections. The next big showdown for the sprightly 63 year old bachelor will be in the O.K. Corral of Galway East in early Spring of next year, when he’ll be gunning for a seat in Dáil Eireann.

By then the cattle will be ‘well gone’ for another year and Cllr. Fahy will be hoping to be headed towards pastures new as he rides off into the sunset (well not quite) and that big saloon on Kildare Street. All other cowboys up there, please take note!

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Supply chain challenges in retail




There has been a huge demand for consumer products in 2020 and 2021. Covid-19 has resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before. Lockdown especially saw all non-essential workers previously confined to their homes. Investing in goods such as clothing, electronics and furniture was one of the few ways that people could spend their discretionary income from the comfort of their own homes. However, this major spike in consumer purchasing is only one of many challenges that the retail industry is currently facing.

Every retailer and consumer across the globe is being affected by rising costs and frustrating delivery delays and this, unfortunately, includes us –  EZ Living Furniture. As Ireland’s most loved and well-known furniture retailer, we wanted to help our customers understand the issues the entire retail industry is currently facing and will continue to face for some time by outlining the order fulfilment process to you.

Supply Chain explained

March 2020:

Many suppliers (including EZ Living Furniture) source their products from overseas. When Covid-19 first struck in the Far East in March 2020, illness and a lessened workforce lead to a dramatic decrease in production. When those countries entered lockdown, supply stopped coming from the Far East entirely.

April 2020:

When these countries began to recover and started to exit lockdown, Europe, unfortunately, went into lockdown. Because we were unable to sell stock to the same capacity, we stopped ordering from these countries.

June 2020:

Customers began ordering products again, but only online as all of the physical stores in Europe were closed. It took us, and many other European businesses a number of weeks to come to terms with the new working from home arrangements and the redirection of resources towards the increase in online sales that occurred subsequently.

November 2020:

Product manufacturers and raw material manufacturers in Europe were still closed due to the pandemic. This meant materials and products were not being produced in Europe at all.

This caused major issues with supply and production. For instance, foam is one of many materials used to make mattresses, dining chairs, and sofas. When this is in short supply, so too is the furniture that uses foam.

Hospitals around the globe began ordering thousands of containers of PPE. With no warehouses to store these essential healthcare items, they remained in the containers at ports. This lead to congestions at ports and a shortage of shipping containers worldwide.

Shipping ports closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in ports.

March 2021:

The Suez Canal was blocked by a container vessel for six days. This put further strain on supply chains that were already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.

October 2021:

We are still continuing to suffer from the lack of containers. This is causing a rise in transportation and raw material costs. Deliveries to customers are also now taking longer than usual.

What are we doing to resolve this?

Stores like us are working even harder to ensure that customers receive the same products in the same time frame and at the same price-point that was in place before the pandemic. Any solution to this supply chain problem is not perfect. Prioritising faster delivery will inevitably lead to higher costs while focusing on lowering product prices will inevitably delay delivery times.

Alternatives and long-term solutions are being explored such as supply chains in eastern Europe. However, this is a time-consuming process primarily due to quality control and logistics.

What you need to know

Already this year, we have had to increase our stock levels to try to compensate for any future delivery delays. Until now, we have been absorbing the increases in transportation costs and raw materials in order to continue to offer our customers such a wide range of furnishings.

Unfortunately, due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, stock is going to be limited, especially during certain holiday periods. Prices may also have to be increased again in the future with smaller companies likely to be affected to an even greater degree. We want to be completely transparent with our customers and make you all aware that our promotions listed below may be the last chance for you all to purchase EZ Living Furniture items at such low prices.

So, don’t wait to buy that EZ Living Furniture Item you have been eyeing and prioritise our in-stock items. The products available in all retail stores now could sell out and take a long time to return to stock. Shipping delay issues could also mean you are waiting months to receive your items.

  • The EZ Living Octoberfest Promotion – October 2021.
  • The EZ Living Furniture Black Friday Sale – November 2021.

Although we are uncertain as to how long these global supply-chain issues will last, we aim to keep you updated at all times. We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.

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A Moycullen win would add badly needed spice to football’s big day



Conor Reddington of Annaghdown and Tuam Stars' Adam Carton in action during the North Board Minor B football final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

BEFORE a ball was kicked in this year’s Galway senior championship, the smart money would have been on champions Corofin, Tuam Stars, Salthill/Knocknacarra and Mountbellew/Moylough making it to the semi-finals if they managed to keep out of each other’s way on the road to the penultimate stage off the title race.

Unfortunately, for a Salthill team which, in any event, didn’t scale their expected heights this year, they came up against the champions in the quarter-finals where the Seasiders’ challenge was dismissed in convincing fashion. It was business as usual for Corofin who remain odds on to claim a record-breaking eighth consecutive title.

With Tuam Stars edging out Bearna after extra-time, a Paul Kelly goal helping Moycullen get the better of St James’, and Mountbellew/Moylough powering home against 14-man Killannin, it means that three of last year’s semi-finalists are back seeking a place in the Galway decider this weekend. Mountbellew/Moylough are the odd ones out having fallen to Corofin in the 2019 quarter-finals.

Val Daly’s troops will need the performance of the lives to overturn club’s football’s dominant power, especially as they continue to field without county player John Daly – a son of their manager. Of course, they are not without a chance and if the likes of Michael Daly, Matthew Barrett, Eoin Finnerty, Eoin Ryan and Barry McHugh hit the ground running, they could give Corofin a searching time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greens see red on gold rush



Opposition is intensifying to the prospect of a licence being awarded to Canadian gold prospectors planning to explore the heart of Connemara.

Environmental campaigners have warned of the dangers of awarding a prospecting licence to Toronto-based MOAG to mine for gold and silver in land around Roundstone, Ballyconneely and Ballynahinch.

They claim the exploration could devastate water supplies, tourism, wildlife – and also led to tensions in the local community.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton has indicated he intends to grant a prospecting licence to the company to explore for the valuable minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony.

The licence allows the holder to explore for mineral deposits, and does not authorise mining of any materials that are found – that requires further licensing.

And Minister Bruton’s Department insists that the activities permitted under this licence are “non-invasive” and “of minimal environmental impact”.

However, campaigners have warned of the dangers mining can have on Connemara, and have urged the public to object before July 6.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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