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HE Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have praised the public for their efforts in saving lives on our roads as April 2011 was confirmed as the safest month since records began in 1959. Provisional figures, released by the agencies, show that nine people lost their lives on Irish roads in April. Previously the lowest monthly recorded figure was in December 2010 when ten people were killed on the roads. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD acknowledged the key role played by road users: “While one death is one too many it is very important that we acknowledge the efforts of all road users in making April 2011 the safest on record. Your efforts to improve road safety, and to protect communities, have saved many lives. I would again appeal to everyone to please re-double your efforts and continue this life-saving behaviour.” Joe Doherty, Traffic Inspector for the Mayo Division of the Gardai said that Garda activity on the roads has increased significantly in the last two weeks, with high profile patrolling and emphasis on motorists speeding, drink driving or using their mobile phones while driving. Continued on Page 2

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“I wish to compliment all the motorists who have taken heed of road safety warnings which have led to a relatively safe period over the Easter.” Garda Doherty also credited the rollout of the ‘Go Safe’ vans to the increased safety on the roads around the Northwest: “Motorists have taken notice of the activity of the vans and have slowed down; motorists must continue to do this.”

He added: “Gardai carried out targeted operations over the weekend aimed at drink drivers, which also made a significant difference.” Mr. Noel Brett of the RSA said, “I am very mindful of the trauma and grief felt by the families of the nine people who died on our roads during the month of April and plead with all road users to do everything in your power to ensure that you do not inflict such unnecessary suf-

fering and pain on your family or that of someone with whom you share the road. Please act today to change your behaviour and that of any other person within your family or circle of friends whose road behaviour is a cause of concern. A caring intervention today beats years of recrimination and regret.” A total of 66 people have died on the roads to date in 2011.

Elderly mental health services criticised MENTAL health services for older people in Ireland are under-resourced, a new report from the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has warned. According to the commission's National Overview of Services 2010, the biggest challenge facing these services ‘is the fact that this population is projected to double in size by 2036 and adequate service planning and resource allocation is required'. Mental health services for older people provide care and treatment for those aged 65 years and over who develop new onset functional mental illness, such as depression, and those with dementia who develop behavioural and psychological problems which require specialist intervention. The report noted that those over the age of 65 currently make up 11% of the population, however this is due to increase to 25% by 2036. "Mental health service users of 65 years and over will have increasing mental and physical health needs as they age. In addition, existing service users who ‘graduate'

to the over 65 years of age category will typically have complex healthcare needs," it said. Dementia is the most common reason for admission to long-term care and it is estimated that 44,000 persons in Ireland have dementia and that this will increase to 104,000 by 2036. Meanwhile, the dependency ratio in Ireland is projected to increase from 18% currently to 38% by 2041. "All of these factors will increase the demand for age appropriate, accessible and integrated mental health and social care services," the report explained. The MHC said that its ‘preferred standard' would be to have one dedicated team of professionals per 10,000 older people. In 2010, there were 22 such teams nationwide, all under the direction of the HSE. Populations of the over-65 age groups varied from 10,200 in south Tipperary to 34,000 in Dublin south east. A number of issues were raised in the report, such as:

-In the Mayo catchment area, it was reported that 4,000 adults in the north west of the county had no access to services -There were seven mental health service for older people teams working in the HSE West region, but no specialist services were available in Roscommon and north Tipperary -In east Galway, there were ‘poor transport networks throughout the catchment' and there was no day hospital available -In Carlow/Kilkenny, referrals were previously being assessed within a two week period, usually in the patient's home, however, there had been an increase of 50% in referral numbers and the service was now having to consider providing more assessments in a clinic setting "There is an urgent need for access to both acute and long-stay designated beds. Scarce resources impact to narrow a focus to urgent and high priority cases and do not support a broader psychosocial perspective and efforts to engage with families and carers, voluntary groups, education, prevention and health promotion," it concluded.

Concern over drinking sessions in private homes

Drinking sessions in private houses are a new social phenomenon that are draining Gardai resources and causing depression and anti-social behaviour, according to a Roscommon County Councillor. While welcoming the findings of a survey which suggests County Roscommon has one of the lowest levels of alcohol consumption in the country, Fianna Fail Councillor Paddy

Kilduff said that excessive drinking by some people represents the biggest problem facing local Gardai. Cllr. Kilduff made his comments in the week in which an Aviva Health Insurance survey determined that people in County Roscommon are spending on average €1,600 per year on alcohol. The Aviva study, conducted as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, con-

cluded that Roscommon, and Donegal, have one of the lowest levels of alcohol consumption in the country, with people here drinking an average of nine units of alcohol per week. Men in County Roscommon spend on average €2,258 per year on alcohol compared with an average spend by women of €1,323. Cllr. Kilduff welcomed the findings, but said that many people are still drinking “way above the average.” He said alcohol consumption is the prime cause of anti-social behaviour in the county’s towns and villages and added that drinking in private houses is a new social problem. People from Sligo spent more per year on alcohol (€1,807) compared to Roscommon (€1,608) and Donegal (€1,730) they drank less than people in Leitrim (€1,833) and Mayo (€1,859). The statistics for this research were collected via the Aviva

Online Health Check which was completed by 20,043 people between December 2008 and April 2011 and involved respondents answering a series of questions on their health and lifestyle habits. Speaking following the results of the Online Health Check, Dr. Stephen Murphy of the Aviva Medical Council said: “People living in Ireland who are in work have a tendency towards a work hard, play hard lifestyle. Often drinking is used as a way to unwind after a busy week or to forget about the troubles of the day. Our research shows people are spending nearly €2,000 on alcohol annually, and also suggests that alcohol is being consumed excessively among adults. This is worrying behaviour, particularly as people tend to under-report their alcohol consumption and may be unaware that drinking has been linked to breast, liver and oral cancers.”


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Fires Rage over Bank Holiday Weekend

UNITS of Sligo fire brigade were still continuing to fight bog and forest fires over a large area in the west of the county after the bank holiday weekend of fires that raged across the Northwest and around the country. The blaze in West Sligo began on Monday May 2 in the Dromore West/Culleens area and fire fighters worked through the night to try to contain it. 20 fire personnel were on duty along with a Coillte helicopter. On Tuesday, May 3, the Acting Donegal Chief Fire Officer Bobby McMenamin said the fire in Dungloe had been closed down and those in the Ardara/Glenties area were under control. The fire in the Mucklish Mountain burned on for longer but fire fighters managed to get it under control with 45 army personnel and two units of the fire brigade dealing with that blaze. The Defence Forces were drafted in as flames ripped through gorse and forest in the Doochary, Leitir and Dungloe areas of west Donegal amid speculation that the blazes were started deliberately.

Such was the extent of the inferno that the smoke was visible from space, and captured on a satellite image taken at 1.55pm on Sunday May 1. Two Air Corps helicopters, using 'bambi buckets' to scoop water from local lakes, dumped more than 100,000 litres of water on to the burning gorse and forest as the fire spread dangerously close to a residential area on Quay Road, on the outskirts of Dungloe. Officer McMenamin is still warning people to be very careful and not light any fires as the weather is still very dry and windy. The Defence Forces says troops are on standby elsewhere around the country to assist local authorities. Elsewhere around the country, emergency services were also tackling blazes in the Foxford and Pontoon areas of west Mayo; a gorse fire near Recess in the Inagh Valley, Co Galway; a number of bog fires near Tullamore, Co Offaly; a gorse fire at Bragan Mountain, Co Monaghan and a spokesman for Leitrim County Council said one house was destroyed in a fire in the Dromahair area.

Photo: The St Gerald’s College team of Paul McDonagh, Paul Murray, Luke Benson, Oisin Kyne, Adrian Murphy and Donnchadh Barry.

A team of six transition year students from Castlebar’s St. Gerald’s College have been named The Most Inspirational Team in the World at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The boys who travelled to the states earlier this week with their teacher, Declan Askin and a team of proud supporters from Co. Mayo are over the moon with their fantastic achievement. Now in its fourth year in Ireland, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Robotics Challenge is an international competition which attracts 140,000 participants from 56 countries around the globe every year. It is a robotics programme for nine to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology and teach them valuable employment skills.

The Castlebar boys were one of 88 teams who travelled from 28 countries all over the world to compete in the week long event. They had a busy week and were interviewed on a presentation about their core values; their inspiration, their teamwork and professionalism.They gave a five-minute highly pressured presentation on their project – an application which has attracted considerable attention in the industry to date, and a further presentation on their robot design, programming and construction. The Mayo schoolboys came through this rigorous series of tests with flying colours, with their app and their core values presentation winning them particular praise. Bernard Kirk, Director of The Galway Education Centre who brought the competition to Ireland, also travelled to the US to support the team.

All Houses to face 175 Water Charge IRISH householders will have to pay up to 175 in water charges within the next two years, according to The Irish Independent. It was recently revealed that a government plan to introduce water rates is to be brought forward in the form of a flat rate annual fee, because a target to have water meters fitted in all homes by next year has not been met. Now it seems that the fee will be in the region of 175, with the expectation that the charge will not be means tested according to household income. The introduction of water charges marks a uturn in the Fine Gael/Labour programme for government. It had been promised that water charges would only come in when meters had been installed country wide, but under the terms of the EU/IMF bailout, the state must start

charging for water by 2013 at the latest.The meters will take four years to install in all Irish households, but the work has not yet begun. Ireland is one of the only countries in the EU not to charge households for water. The State spends more than 500m a year treating water for domestic use, something the EU/IMF insists must change. However, the Government will likely face stiff opposition to get a charging system in place.The charge cannot be considered an environmental tax aimed at encouraging conservation if consumption cannot be measured. If a household of two people has to pay the same as a household of six, there would be no incentive to reduce use. A government source told The Irish Independent that they are “absolutely locked” into the EU/IMF deal.

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Celebration Time at Ballina Arts Centre

IN A CELEBRATARY MOOD: Ballina Lions members Gerry Jordan, Danny Greham, Oliver Murphy (President) and Frank Doyle at the Ballina Arts Centre Preview Evening.

IT was Celebration Time at Ballina Arts Centre’s Preview Evening on Friday last when some of the project’s supporters and sponsors were given a tour of the facilities at its riverside location at Barrett Street.

Guests were given a guided tour of the ‘state of the art’ premises which includes a 240-seat auditorium (overlooking a large, impressive stage), a purpose-built dance studio, print-making studio, rehearsal space, coffee shop, work-

shop areas and visual arts gallery space. The centre provides stunning views, overlooking the Moy river. Speaking to an enthusiastic gathering Mayor Frances McAndrew, Chairman of the fund-raising committee, thanked all the sponsors and supporters for their help in bringing the arts centre development to fruition and paid tribute to director Sean Walsh for his work and dedication. Ballina’s recently elected TD, Michelle Mulherin, an ardent supporter of the arts centre project, paid tribute to the trojan work of all involved and pledged her commitment to the continuing development of the facility and the arts in Ballina. Arts Centre director Sean Walsh thanked all the staff and volunteers and provided a preview of the many exciting events scheduled for the opening season. Firstly there is Hughie O’Sullivan’s ‘North Mayo Retrospect,’ opening this Thursday , 5th May, which promises to be one of the visual highlights of the year. On the musical side, a variety of artistes and styles will be appearing from May to July.These include Camille O’Sullivan, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Europe Orchestra,Andy Irvine, Finbar Furey and many others. Film enthusiasts can enjoy a Stanley Kubrick retrospective, as well as Sound+Vision, the annual film festival which celebrates music in film. Some great theatre and dance shows are in the pipeline. Also performing during the opening season will be some talented local groups including DanceWorld, Mayo Youth Theatre, the Moy Singers, Stephen Doyle and Lavinia Gilmartin’s All-Star Academy. The building, though beautiful architecturally, is also practical; praise must go to architect Kevin Keegan for achieving this. Ballina and North Mayo can be justly proud of its new, redeveloped arts centre.


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THE Sligo Carer’s Association Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday May 29 and the organisers are inviting people to get involved in this fun, family-friendly event for a great cause. The Carer’s Association provides practical and emotional support to carers looking after seriously ill children, frail older relatives or other incapacitated members of their families. With the support of people from Sligo and the Northwest the Carer’s Association can ensure carers are not alone in facing the challenge of what can sometimes be a stressful and isolating role. The Sligo Mini Marathon takes place over a 10k flat scenic route around Rosses Point and promises to be a fun day out. To show your support for Ireland’s 161,000 carers who give their lives to care for others, simply fill out the registration form below and send it with a cheque or postal order for 15 to The Carer’s Association, 3 Mail Coach Road, Sligo.You can also register online on or Closing date for entries is Thursday May 26. The event takes place at 12 noon from the Radisson Hotel, Rosses Point, on Sunday May 29.

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Michelle launches Sponsored Cycle on her pink bike!

A sponsored cycle in aid of the Fr. Peyton Centre was launched by Michelle Mulherin T.D. on Friday 8th April last. The launch was also attended by Dara Calleary T.D., Mayo Co. Councillors, members of the Mayo Association in  Dublin, members of the Ballina cycling club and pupils from Attymass National School. The Sponsored cycle will take place on 24th & 25th June next from Dublin to Attymass. It  on will begin at the Lucan Spa Hotel in Dublin

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for the event is available in the Fr. Peyton Centre. We do realise that is quiet a long distance to cycle and that many hours of training are necessary prior to this undertaking.We are also encouraging people who would like to take part in the sponsored cycle but for various reasons could only complete a stage of the journey to join in and raise funds for the Fr. Peyton Centre. Noel Howley of Howley Distribution Services Ltd. will arrange to  transport cyclists and their bikes to Dublin for the start of the spon sored cycle. A mini bus and cars will travel on  days with the cyclists for back-up support. both The  Fundraiser is to assist with the continuation of the social and community services  being provided by the Fr. Peyton Centre.Those services are a one day per week social activity  day  for the senior citizens of Attymass, Bonniconlon and lower Foxford, also a “meals-onwheels” service for the catchment area. Both  services are greatly appreciated by the participants and recipients. By providing those worthwhile services we are extending a hand of friendship and caring to the elderly. For the Fr. Peyton Centre this social service is a big part of our caring and hospitality ministry.  Cen  This is the first time thatthe Fr. Peyton   fundraiser  tre have organised a sponsorship in  aid of its social and religious  services. Like all  other charitable organisations the Centre has been affected by the Pobal and HSE grant cuts.  for your support   We are actively looking as a cyclist or to sponsor  a cyclist. This is an ideal     opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to take part       in a great fitness programme and in doing so  Centre.    help to raise  funds for the Fr. Peyton For further information call Fr. Peyton Centre        096 45374 Email

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HUBERT "Hub" Schlafly, a key member of the team that invented the autocue and rescued soap stars, broadcasters and politicians from the embarrassment of stumbling over their words on live television, has died at 91. Mr Schlafly died at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut, on April 20, after a brief illness, according to the Leo P Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, which handled the arrangements. His funeral was held on Tuesday in Greenwich, where he was a long-time resident. He did not use a teleprompter - the US name for autocue - himself until he was 88, while rehearsing his speech for induction into the Cable Television Hall of Fame, said Thomas Gallagher, a close friend. Mr Schlafly helped start the TelePrompTer Corporation, eventually becoming its president and accepting an Emmy Award for the company in 1999 - a few years after winning one himself 1992 for his work in developing the first cable system permitting subscribers to order special programmes. He held 16 patents, Mr Gallagher said. "Hub Schlafly was the cable industry's most innovative engineer and, at the same time, one of its ablest executives," Charles Dolan, chairman of Cablevision, said. "Whether you were his friend or competitor, he was always congenial and supportive and probably had more friends than anyone." St Louis-born Mr Schlafly graduated from Notre Dame University, where he studied electrical engineering. He worked for General Electric and the MIT Radiation Laboratory before joining 20th Century Fox in New York City in 1947. Actor Fred Barton Jr wanted a way to remember his lines and approached Irving Berlin Kahn, the nephew of composer Irving Berlin and vice president of radio and television at 20th Century Fox. Mr Kahn went to Mr Schlafly, then the director of television research. The result was a monitor facing the person appearing on screen and rolling a script at reading speed - was named the TelePrompTer, which made its debut in 1950 on the soap opera The First Hundred Years, Mr Brown said."It revolutionised television and improved the quality of on-air performers," said Jim Dufek, a professor of mass media at Southeast Missouri State University. "It also made the politicians look smarter because they were looking right into the camera."

RESEARCH by a scientist from the University of Dundee has revealed that drivers are losing their natural sense of direction because they are too reliant on satnav systems. Dr Rosamund Langston, a lecturer in behavioural neuroscience, said that growing use of the devices was creating a 'Hansel and Gretel generation' of drivers who would be completely lost without one. She claims that drivers who keep one eye on the satnav screen rather than looking for familiar signs and reminders are losing their innate 'caveman' ability to work out where they are. Speaking to the 'Daily Mail', Dr Langston said: "We seem to have some innate directional awareness which is 'hard wired' into our brains from birth. "But we also found that another significant part of the brain's ability to find its way around comes from our knack of memorising experiences from the places we have been previously." She went on to describe how plotting a route on a map is very

different to being led by a satnav or any other electronic device, as drivers subconsciously absorb directions when they figure out a journey for themselves.

"For instance, if you starting a new job and you take time aside the week before to plan the route, drive it and try to remember it, then you're going to be better equipped

to do it unaided. "If you've driven it ten times just following the flashing arrow on a satnav, you're probably going to get lost half way there on your own."

'SETI alien phone' hangs up on ET A field of radio dishes that look like giant dinner plates have waited for years in the mountains of

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But they are not listening any more because cash-strapped governments, it seems, can no longer pay the interstellar phone bill. Astronomers at the SETI Institute said a steep drop in state and government funds has forced the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array, a powerful tool in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, an effort scientists refer to as SETI. The 42 radio dishes had scanned deep space since 2007 for signals from alien civilisations while also conducting research into the structure and origin of the universe. The shutdown came just as researchers were preparing to point the radio dishes at a batch of new planets. About 50 or 60 of those planets appear to be about the right distance from stars to have temperatures that could make them habitable, says Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the institute. "There's plenty of cosmic real estate that looks promising," he said. "We've lost the instrument that's best for zeroing in on these better

targets." SETI Institute chief executive Tom Pierson said in an email to donors last week that the University of California, Berkeley, had run out of money for day-to-day operation of the dishes. "Unfortunately, today's government budgetary environment is very difficult, and new solutions must be found," Mr Pierson wrote. The 50 million-dollar (£30 million) array was built by SETI and UC Berkeley with the help of a £18 million donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Operating the dishes cost about £909,000 a year, mostly to pay for the staff of eight to 10 researchers and technicians to operate the facility. An additional £606,000 a year was needed to collect and sift the data from the dishes. The Paul G Allen Family Foundation, the billionaire's philanthropic venture, had no immediate plans to provide more funding, said David Postman, a foundation spokesman.

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JAPANESE car maker Toyota has been forced to slash production in the UK after the devastating earthquake in its home country. Essential parts manufactured in Japan are in seriously short supply, which is hindering car production across the globe. From May 3, Toyota's factory in Bunaston, Derby, will operate for only three half days a week - one and a half days in total. The plant will shut completely for two days a week and the reduction is expected to last until at least the end of May. Toyota is also planning to cut production at its factories in the US and China by as much as 70 percent until June. The company has estimated that a shortfall of around half a million new cars will result from the shutdowns. Toyota isn't the only car manufacturer to be affected by the devastation in Japan. Mitsubishi, Nissan and Honda have also been suffering from parts shortages and similar hold-ups. Nissan's UK factory in Sunderland will close for over a week between the bank holidays, starting on Good Friday (tomorrow). It is scheduled to reopen and begin production again on May 3.Honda has also halved production at its UK plant in Swindon.

A hapless para-glider suffered a blow - when a gust of wind took him off course and landed him on top of a police border observation tower. Wolfgang Dorner, 43, from Feldbach, Austria, was left dangling 100ft up in the air when his chute and lines became snagged on the structure on the wrong side of the border in neighbouring Slovenia. "He wasn't badly injured but he was very embarrassed and a bit nervous," said one firefighter. "It was a shock for him but not as big as the shock he gave the border guards he landed on. "But he was a bit worried because while he was waiting for us the lines holding him up were snapping one by one so he was very relieved to see us," they added.

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AN Indian businessman has had the flags of more than 300 countries tattooed on his body to promote world peace. Har Prakash, who also likes to call himself Guinness Rishi, has 305 flags and 185 maps of countries tattooed on his body and is planning more in a world record bid. "People call me a joker, a mad man. It doesn't bother me," he told the Mumbai Mirror. Prakash, an auto parts manufacturer from New Delhi, started getting tattoos on his body in 2009. He is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, for an international tattoo conference. While there, he plans to get more flags inked on his body and create a new world record but he says his real ambition is to promote friendship between nations. "My dream is to go around the world several times," he said. "I want the children of those countries to ask me, where is the flag of our country, spot it and then, in the process, become aware of my country and other countries as well." As well as tattoos, he is also keen on getting his name in the record books. His 22 records include the longest will in the world and delivering a pizza from New Delhi to San Francisco.

Sex toy triggers police alert Police called to a flat in Berlin by a neighbour who complained someone was using an electric drill in the middle of the night smashed down the door to find a sex toy. The vibrator had switched itself on and was jiggling around on the floor, according to a report in the Berlin Kurier newspaper. Officers who answered the desperate call of the neighbour tried to contact the 23-year-old woman whose flat it was But they could not get a response, and eventually decided to break in the door in an attempt to find out what was going on inside. "You could hear the noise out on the street," one neighbour was quoted as saying. The woman now faces a bill for the smashed door - and some funny looks from her neighbours - when she returns home.

Two-headed calf shocks owner A Chinese grandmother collapsed with shock when her cow gave birth to a twoheaded calf. Dong Yubao, 65, of Gaoyang village, northern China's Hebei Province, said his wife Li Chunhua, 60,was helping the cow give birth. "My wife and a neighbour were in the barn to help the cow through labour," he said. "The calf came out - heads first - and my wife fell to the floor when she saw the two heads and four eyes." Dong

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acid reducer. • Loss of appetite and weight loss. • Bloating or nausea after eating. • Vomiting. • Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds. • Passing black stools that look like tar, or stools that contain dark red blood. Different people have different symptoms, and some people have no symptoms at all. How are peptic ulcers diagnosed? Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and your general health, and he or she will do a physical exam. If your symptoms are not severe and you are younger than 55, your doctor may do some simple tests (using your blood, breath, or stool) to look for signs of H. pylori infection. What is a peptic ulcer? A peptic ulcer is a sore in the inner lining of the stomach or upper small intestine (duodenum). Ulcers develop when the intestine or stomach's protective layer is broken down. When this happens, digestive juices can damage the intestine or stomach tissue. These strong juices, which contain hydrochloric acid and an enzyme called pepsin, also can injure the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that leads from your throat to your stomach. Peptic ulcers are no longer a condition that most people have to live with their entire lives. Treatment cures most ulcers. And symptoms go away quickly. Peptic ulcers that form in the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Those that form in the upper small intestine are called duodenal ulcers.

What causes peptic ulcers? The two most common causes of peptic ulcers are: • Infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. • Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). H. pylori and NSAIDs break down the stomach or intestine’s protective mucus layer. The mucus layer prevents digestive juices from damaging the stomach and intestine. What are the symptoms? Symptoms include: • A burning, aching, gnawing pain between the belly button (navel) and the breastbone. Some people also have back pain. The pain can last from a few minutes to a few hours and may come and go for weeks. • Pain that usually goes away for a while after you take an antacid or

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formed in Dublin in the fall of 1976 after 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on the bulletin board at his high school seeking musicians for a new band. From the group of hopefuls that showed up at Mullen's home that first day, a five-piece known originally as "Feedback" formed with Mullen (born October 31, 1961) on drums, Adam Clayton (born March 13, 1960) on bass, Paul Hewson (later nicknamed "Bono Vox" and eventually just "Bono", born May 10, 1960) on vocals, and Dave Evans (later nicknamed "The Edge", born August 8, 1961) on guitar. Dave's brother, Dick, also played guitar for a while, but left Feedback very early on to join another Dublin band, the Virgin Prunes. After nearly 18 months of rehearsing, the band's big break came at a talent show in Limerick, Ireland, in March, 1978. With CBS Records' Jackie Hayden judging, U2 (they had just changed their name again) won the contest, earning a ÂŁ500 prize and studio time to record their first demo. Shortly after the talent show contest, the band con-

vinced a Dublin businessman named Paul McGuinness to manage them. Now out of school, the band played as many shows as possible in and around Dublin, trying to build up a local fan base. In September, 1979, U2 released its first single, an Irish-only release called "U2:3" which topped the national charts. In December of that year, U2 travelled to London for its first shows outside Ireland, but struggled to get attention from music fans and critics.

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album charts, War featured the band's most aggressive song-writing to date in both music and lyrics. For the first time, Bono addressed the long-standing "troubles" in Northern Ireland with the song "Sunday, Bloody Sunday." Fearful to be seen as taking one side over another, he insisted on introducing the song during concerts by saying "This is NOT a rebel song!", and wrapped himself in a white flag while he sang it, to symbolize the song's call for peace. The album's first single, "New Year's Day," was U2's first legitimate hit single, reaching the #10 spot on the UK charts and almost cracking the Top 50 in the U.S. MTV put the song's video into heavy rota-

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tion, and helped introduce U2 to a new audience of fans. Greatness arrived in 1987, with the release of U2's fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree. U2 had delivered a record that caught them at their musical and lyrical peak, finally comfortable with the "rock band with a conscience" label they first encountered with the War album four years earlier. In the spiritual and moral desert that had become the U.S. of the mid-1980s, U2 stood out by bringing meaning and passion to its music. Bono tackled his contradictory feelings about America in "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "In God's Country." Biblical images showed up throughout the record as Bono

questioned faith, social injustices, governmental oppression, terrorism, and drug addiction. The album debuted at #1 in the U.K., and quickly reached #1 in the U.S. The songs "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" gave U2 its first #1 singles in the U.S. Even TIME magazine put U2 on its cover, declaring the band "Rock's Hottest Ticket." The Joshua Tree tour sold out stadiums around the world. U2 had become the biggest band in the world. After taking time off from the band and each other, U2 joined forces again in Berlin in late 1990 to begin work on their next studio album. They were working again with the familiar duo of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, but these recording sessions were anything but comfortable. Recognizing they had to "go away and dream it all up again," -- as Bono promised during a Dublin concert before the turn of the decade in late 1989 -- U2 struggled to forge a new sound and a new identity together. But in November, 1991, the new U2 delivered Achtung Baby, an album that Bono would describe as "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree." U2 began work on its next studio album in early 1996, with an eye toward releasing the record later that year. The band admitted its desire to incorporate the electronic sounds of bands such as Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers into U2's vision of late '90s rock and roll. Even though the album was pushed back to early 1997, pieces of a couple tracks were leaked and distributed by fans around the globe via the Internet. The brief sample that circulated of "Discotheque", which was already known to be the first single, only reinforced the rumor that U2 were trying to make a dance record.

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Steam and Jell-O Heron of Greece invented steam power in 50 BC. But the leaders of the day thought that it would cause unemployment and the invention ran out of steam. The steam engine reappeared in the 1600s in Ferdinand Verbiest’s steam car and then years later again, in 1804, when English inventor Richard Trevithick introduced the steam locomotive in Wales. In 1815, George Stephenson built the world’s first workable steam locomotive. In 1845, another steam engine manufacturer, Peter Cooper of New York (who built the Tom Thumb, the first American steam locomotive), concocted a gelatine dessert made almost entirely of sugar… which became popular as Jell-O.

DOWN 1. Bound over, then ran to popular Donegal resort with a famous golf course and lots of entertainment. (8) 2. Avert rain with difficulty, and that's some story. (9) 4.Veal Co. in liquidation due to recess, going to the wall. (6) 5. Bring force to bear on unknown spot in uprooted tree. (5) 6. In Clonard a rainbow enveloped Donegal village famous for Donegal tweed. (6) 7. Coins calm one confused in Offaly holy place where Rory O'Connor, the last High King, is buried . (12) 9. Locks are concealed in Bansha irrigation. (4) 10. Pick a tin star. (anag.) Welcome visitor to Ireland in 432 A.D. and remembered ever since! (5,7) 15. Foreign street of regret. (3) 16. Flesh in us is wrinkled in an altruistic way. (9)

At any time there are some 44,000 storms; lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second, and there are on average 35 earthquakes per day. Those are all acts of God, one may argue, but us humans don’t make it any easier on mother earth. Every year more than 2 million cases of arson is reported, and more than a million trees are chopped just to make toothpicks. Not all is gloom, however: 200 million couples make love (and 400,000 babies are born) every day.

20. Hence log runs amok in Tipperary village down the Vee road from the Knockmealdown Gap. (8) 22. Help Di up to beautiful Mayo spot in the mountains near Doo Lough, where Prince Charles stayed. (6) 23. Separate and could be had etc. (6) 24. Paradoxicaly, these could be evens, of course. (4) 26. I bail out, but this says I was elsewhere.



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The film ‘…for peace comes dropping slow…’ is to be screened as part of The Model’s season of short films ‘Shorts@The Model‘ on Saturday May 7th at 3pm. The film, conceived and directed by Sligo based artist Lisa Vandegrift Davala and commissioned by Sligo County Council, was shot at a number of Sligo locations during the summer of 2010. Admission to the screening is free. With cinematography by Cian de Buitléar, Tony Kearns as editor, a soundtrack produced by Seamie O’Dowd on vocals and fiddle and Darren Carr as the stills photographer, the film has been well-received since it’s release in Autumn of 2010.The film also received a nomination in the Best Irish Short Category at the Foyle International Film Festival in Derry and was later screened to full audiences as part of Sligo Live Sessions 2010 in October. Later this summer it will also be screened at the New Hope International Film Festival in Pennsylvania, USA.


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Temple House Music & Arts Festival, which was recently named Best New European Festival, has announced that Ash, Stereo MCs, Lisa Hannigan, Whipping Boy, Riptide Movement, The Kanyu Tree, Ball & Chain, D-Sonik, Laura Sheeran, Chuckys River, Nova Static, The Fallen Drakes and Land Lovers will perform at the three day music extravaganza from Friday to Sunday, 10-12 June in the magical grounds of the Temple House estate, near Ballymote in Sligo . Temple House Festival has also announced that Bandwagon TV will host an acoustic stage in the Rose Garden each day – acts confirmed include B and The Honey Boy, Joy Booth, Machine Gun Baby, Yngve & The Innocent, Sanzkrit, Clive Barnes, Eugene Donegan, Neptune City, Henrietta Game, Saramai and The Swords, A Smile Just Came, Red Quenn Contest and Willie Kelly. Temple House Music & Arts Festival stellar line-up already includes Declan O’Rourke, Something Happens, Andrew

Strong, The Walls, Andy McKee, The Flaws, Heathers, Readers Wives, Oddsocks Revival, Jason Clarke, Mike Joyce (DJ set), Kerbdog, Bipolar Empire, Miracle Bell, Interference, STAND, The Minutes, The Raglans, The Danger is, Glen Brady (DJ Wool), Arveene & Misk, Nikki Hayes (DJ Set), Roisin O, Mark Black, Hamlet Sweeney, G Miley & The Soul Street Orchestra, Wyvern Lingo Colin Scallan, Souls, David Burke and My Bad Self. Described as “A wonderful festival… like a smaller, friendlier Glastonbury”, The Temple House Festival promises to be a little bit different and provide a relaxed chilled out atmosphere in idyllic surroundings, which will captivate and enthral anyone who attends. Live music will be complemented by a unique arts trail, a path embedded in the stunning natural setting of the Temple House woods, and encounter a world filled with the kooky, colourful, weird and wonderful. The Temple House Arts Trail involves a

great array of work by local and national based artists with creations ranging from giant pink flamingos; alien fork people, punk birds, life size wire sculptures, recycled art and more.This year’s Arts Trail will feature art installations of all shapes and sizes and in all kinds of locations. Artists will also be in situ along the trail, working on various projects, inviting people to join in on the fun. There will also be a range of children’s activities for under 12’s in the Temple House Walled Garden, a medieval village and archery to entertain. Roderick Perceval, Temple House said : “We are delighted to host the Temple House Music & Arts festival again this year, offering a variety of music, arts and entertainment in the magical setting of Temple House. Last year’s festival was great success and we are determined to make 2011 even bigger and better based on the amazing feedback we received from last year’s attendees. It’s a weekend not to be missed!”



London Classic Theatre makes a highly anticipated return visit to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with a stunning reworking of Ibsen’s classic play “Ghosts” on Thursday 19th May at 8.00pm. Helene Alving is preparing for the opening of an orphanage, built in memory of her late husband. Her beloved artist son, Oswald, has returned from Paris to honour the occasion, but his long-awaited homecoming rapidly descends into tragedy as his presence triggers the exposure of a dark story of hypocrisy and betrayed love. Written in 1881 by one of the fathers of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen’s study of hidden passions, family secrets and moral hypocrisy remains as dramatically alive as ever in award-winning Irish playwright and poet Frank McGuinness’ vital new version. “Ghosts” is the second production in London Classic Theatre’s Modern Takes season, presenting European classic plays with a contemporary twist, as seen recently in LCT’s dazzling production of “After Miss Julie”. London Classic Theatre presents “Ghosts” at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 19th May at 8.00pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733 The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

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The town that has everything!

The Boss on song for Castlebar Blues and Beyond Festival

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Grainne Duffy. Picture John Moylette


ASTLEBAR, Mayo’s county town, is the administrative seat for the county. It is a busy, bustling market town and is one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Steeped in history, it is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s famous sons – Charlie Haughey, former Taoiseach; Louis Brenna, inventor of the mono-rail torpedo; Margaret Burke Sheridan, world famous soprano, and is also the home place of Lord Lucan. In modern times its most famous son has to be former EU Commissioner Padraic Flynn, who is credited with many of the infrastructural projects achieved in the town and surrounds in recent decades. The presence of the Regional Hospital, GMIT, County Council, Davitt House, in addition to a

plethora of established commercial enterprises, gives the town the edge in the employment stakes. It has a good infrastructure with businesses covering a vast spectrum of products and services. The County Library in Castlebar has a wealth of information and resources on matters of local, historical and genealogical interest. On the educational front, the presence of GalwayMayo Institute of Technology at Castlebar, which now has an attendance of approx 1,200 students from every corner of Ireland, is a major boost. There are also numerous courses and facilities available for adults wishing to get back into education both full-time and part-time. Overall, Castlebar is now a centre in educational excellence with modern pre-schools, pri-

mary, secondary and third level educational facilities. Recent decades has seen the establishment of outlets for most of the major retail giants, including Tesco, Dunnes, Aldi, \Lidl, Argus, Homebase, Harvey Norman, Woodies, Shaws Department Store and many others, including an array of long-established local retailers. It is served with a number of top-class hotels and restaurants. Arts, Sports and Leisure are also well catered for with numerous facilities, exhibitions, competitions and festivals which include the world famous International Four Days Walks and the Guin-

ness Castlebar Blues Festival, which take place in the town this weekend.The range of leisure facilities in Castlebar include swimming, bowling, golf, pubs, cafes, horse riding, tennis and much more. Just a few kilometers down the road, in Turlough, the National Museum of Country Life attracts

thousands of visitors each year. The town is well serviced with good roads including the N5 to the East and North and the N60 & N84 to the South and, of course, the town is only 28 miles from Ireland West Airport, Knock.Is it any wonder we can confidently say this is a town which has everything?

AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has struck the right chord in Castlebar when he helped launch the annual Blues and Beyond Festival over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The Taoiseach was at hand to help launch the world famous annual festival that takes place from June 3rd to 6th, inclusive, featuring a host of world famous blues performers. Blues and Beyond Festival in Castlebar sees the town playing host yet again to another party of live music in what has become known to music fans as the festival that marks the real beginning of summer, and everyone is invited. With the majority of gigs free this is certainly something to sing about. Headliners include evening concerts with Imelda May on Friday, Brian Kennedy on Saturday and Thin Lizzy on Sunday, in addition to the now famous pub trail with free admission to all

gigs, featuring musicians from all over the world. The town is immersed in music that is as mellow as a sleeping kitten, influenced from all over the world, or is fast and lively knees-up blues and rock – there’s something for everyone. The festival over the last few years has seen growth in the numbers of venues and also new and returning visitors. This year, with support from Fáilte Ireland, promises to be one of the best yet. Castlebar is undergoing a huge transformation at present with new streetscapes being completed in the downtown area, and there’s lots of street activity and entertainment planned. The town centre green park, known as The Mall, also plays host to a family ‘Funday Sunday’ the same weekend. If you feel like a good value mini break, and love live music, checkout for more details.

At the launch of the Blues and Beyond Festival, June Bank Holiday weekend. Pictured are Back (l to r): Kevin ‘Webster’ MacNeely, Jerry Tolster, Cllr Ger Deere, Castlebar Mayor & John Mulroy. Front row: Finbar Hoban, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Grainne Duffy and Declan Durcan Missing from picture Werner Lewon. Full story on Page 2. Picture: John Moylette

Northwest Express 5th May 2011  
Northwest Express 5th May 2011  

Northwest Express 5th May 2011