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We see our sporting heroes through rose-tinted glasses

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

We’ve all come out of football match and met someone in the pub afterwards only to wonder if we’d actually been at the same game – the penalty that wasn’t even a foul or was a cast-iron spot-kick; the booking that was a fair tackle or should have been a red card; the midfielder who was a waste of space or the man of the match.

One team’s hero is the opposition’s pantomime villain – think, if you’re old enough, of Brian Mullins who was a legend of Hill 16 and Public Enemy Number One to the other 31 counties.

Likewise, with Thierry Henri – one of France’s greatest footballers or the man who robbed Ireland of a World Cup place by cheating with his hand.

Which would still only put him in the ha’penny place beside Diego Maradona, who – depending on your perspective – is either the devil incarnate or proud possessor of the Hand of God.

And it’s not just cheats who inspire differing views; Clare loved Davy Fitz just like Davy Fitz would have died for Clare – but, to put it diplomatically, the rest of the country didn’t share the mutual adoration.

At least until he came to town to manage them.

Conor McGregor inspires half of Ireland to stay up all night to see him perform his version of street fighting in a cage, while the other half of the nation is hiding behind the couch in embarrassment at his antics.

Even off the field or out of the octagon, we see things from polarised viewpoints.

Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy, for example – how could two people who had the one argument in the same dressing room so divide the sporting public who proclaimed to support them both?

And that’s one of the reasons we love sport – because we see what we want to see, and only from our preferred perspective.

We could sit side by side with a fan of the opposing county for 70 minutes, looking at exactly the same game from the same vantage point, and we’d still come away with two radically different versions of the same event.

Which, up to now, might just have suggested we were wearing metaphorical blinkers or rose-tinted glasses – except now the scientists have looked at it to see if it runs any deeper than that.

And it does.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Siblings find each other – and their Connemara roots – after 80 years

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Reunited...Pat and Miceál McKeown outside their mother Síle’s birthplace in Carna.

By Erin Gibbons

A family separated for over 80 years was reunited at the end of an emotional journey in Connemara last weekend – thanks to DNA testing and the expert help of heritage researchers.

Pat McKeown, who lives in Staffordshire in the UK, is the daughter of Síle Gorham from Roisín Na Mainiach, Carna – but she was given up for adoption and reared for a time in a Belfast Mother and Baby Home.

Now, at the age of 81, she found her roots – returning to her mother’s native place for the first time last weekend, in the company of her long-lost brother Micheál.

It was an emotional end to a lifelong search for her roots that even led her to hire a private detective to try and locate her family and to discover her name.

All of this proved unsuccessful – and she had effectively given up her search when she was contacted unexpectedly by a man called Miceál McKeown, who turned out to be her brother.

Micheál – an artist and sculptor – and his daughter Orla had made the connection through DNA testing, after Miceál too had set out to discover more about his own roots.

That revealed that Síle Gorham had married Michael McKeown in 1939, and Síle went on to have three more children named Áine, Séan and Miceál.

Pat visited Connemara last weekend for the first time to learn about her mother Síle and the Connemara ancestry which she feels was robbed from her for her entire 81 years.

She was accompanied by Miceál, his wife Rosemary, daughter Orla and son-in-law Rueben Keogh.

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