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Well-known barber offers advice on lockdown haircuts!

Dara Bradley

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Well-known barber and GAA referee Tom Nally

As locks grow longer in lockdown, one popular Galway barber has advice for men getting scruffier by the day and contemplating DIY cuts: simple is best!

And Tom Nally of Tom Nally Barbers on High Street in the city says if you make a hames of your home haircut, don’t worry – it’ll grow back.

Mr Nally, who has cut the hairs of top politicians and paupers and everyone in between for over 46 years, has been bombarded with phone calls from men seeking haircuts.

But he closed his shop on the Saturday before St Patrick’s Day due to the Covid-19 restrictions and has had to turn down all requests. “I’m catching up on 25 years’ holidays,” he jokes.

“I’m inundated with calls every day for haircuts. It’s nice in a way but you just have to refuse, you can’t do anything. Even guys I’ve never met have been ringing me up. One guy below in Athenry rang me and said ‘I’ll travel to your house and give you whatever money you want!’,” says Tom Nally.

The Gaelic football referee and long-serving St Michael’s GAA Club stalwart, says with all the home-haircuts going on: “Hopefully there will be enough there when we go back!”.

His advice to lads attempting to cut their own hair at home using an electric razor kit with blades, is to keep it simple.

“The simplest way is to get one all over. But it’s very short,” he laughs.

“If they want to play safe, all they have to do is a four or five all over. If they have the attachments, then maybe do a six on the top and a four or a three on the back and sides. The big problem really is when people try to start getting the blending right, it’s literally impossible because it really does take years of practice,” he says.

He recommends the Wahl brand of clippers which is the most famous, and the top of the range, but any kind of a brand will carry you over for a month of two.

“It’d want to be very bad if you didn’t get two haircuts out of it,” he says.

As for mistakes, Tom Nally says don’t worry.

“Use a long attachment on the top, and a shorter one on the back and sides, depending on what kind of hairstyle you want. Just get the same amount of hair off all the way around.

“Stick to the basics, don’t try anything complicated, and at the end of the day, all haircutting mistakes will grow out. In most cases, the mistake will grow out and it’ll grow back,” he adds.

Have you given yourself the haircut from hell? Did your DIY clip leave you looking like you’d been scalped? We’d love to see photographs of your home haircut. You can email them to news@ctribune.ie – and we’ll show that you can take a joke by publishing them!

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

Francis Farragher

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

Declan Tierney

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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