Nuacht Chláir April 2010

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April 2010


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Report of local resident’s volunteer work in Africa Pages 4-7


April 2010


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NAMA nothing but a costly experiment Page 13

Site for playground in Claregalway secured

this facility for the young children of Claregalway and surrounding areas.

location for a much needed playground for the children of the area.

Raftery’s Centra (see picture). This site has been approved by Galway County Council.

To advance this very worthwhile project further, a committee is needed to organise fundraising.

All we need now is to get funding and realize

It would be a shame not to avail of this prime

If you would like to get involved, please contact Josette Farrell on 086 391 38 52, 091 798 430 or

Josette Farrell

At last, an approved area has been found for a playground in Claregalway. It is in the River Oaks Shopping Centre in the second green area behind

Arches Hotel, Claregalway 091 739 000

Report of local resident’s volunteer work in Africa Dara Ó Lionnáin

This summer a group of students, teachers and I travelled to South Africa to engage in some volunteer work. The work was to comprise of a mixture of teaching and building. On Sunday the 19th of July, after 34 hours travel, we arrived at our destination of Matatiele, KwazuluNatal, South Africa. The group was divided into two sub groups of nine, each of which worked independently on different sites. In Ntabeni the objective was to further the building of a four classroom complex, in St Matthews the construction of a private toilet building was the aim. To put into perspective the poverty of the area the background in which it was set must first be understood. The life expectancy at birth for a man in this province is 44 years, neither electricity nor running water are available to the majority of houses we passed each day or to the school sites in which we operated. AIDS prevalence is estimated at 60% in the black population. Many children, some of whom walked up to 15 kilometres to school, had no footwear. Food is at a premium and the children on site would receive government aided 4

Clockwise from top left: Completed school building Ntabeni; Toilet block, St Matthews; Coláiste Iognáid group; Work party on the Ntabeni site lunch that comprised of a piece of loaf and water sourced from a nearby stagnant pond. The local workers, who were paid 5-10 euro per day, would not eat anything from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The toilets were no more than corrugated out-houses without running water or privacy. This demonstrates the reality in which we found ourselves and in which the locals live every day. Yet there seemed to be something of a paradox apparent. Even though they had nothing, they had something that a lot of Irish

people have long since lost, happiness and contentment with their situation. People there seemed to take a huge amount from their sense of community-a sense of community that has long since disappeared from the social landscape of modern day Ireland. Furthermore, relationships define their lives and it is into these they place much of their time. Neighbours see and talk to each other many times daily and are bonded by the common purpose of survival. Collecting food and water are community activities. Any excess is shared, any hardships are halved and any good

fortune divided out. In a sense, time over there is relationship whereas time here is money. The pursuit of material things is not an issue…having enough to survive is. The scenario in Ireland rightly or wrongly is to get better clothes, car, job or house and the pursuit of happiness seems to be interlinked and dependent on the pursuit of these things. We have experienced a different culture and way of life which may not be too far away from the lives our parents and certainly our grandparents lived. How often have you heard it uttered by an

older generation that, ‘we were a lot happier when we had nothing’. The case witnessed seems to back this up. They want what they need and need to have enough, we need what we want and we want more than we need. The group learned a lot from this, particularly in terms of humility and an appreciation of the lives and comforts we take for granted every day. Throughout our stay we developed our relationships with the local site and school workers, the children and indeed with each other. One of the first things that struck us was that when we were greeted each morning or bided farewell each evening it was done with vigour and in a way that meant something. There wasn’t a quick hello as they walked by but a concerned how are you accompanied by a handshake, smile and open body language. It came across that they really cared and this relates back to their prioritisation of relationships in their lives. It also came in stark contrast to the way we greet each other in Ireland often with a blank stare, a mutter or a rushed hello, the answer to which is unimportant and merely courtesy. One of the greatest rewards of the whole trip was in the getting to know and becoming friends with

the other members of the group. Former students who by trip’s end had developed into close friends. It was a unifying experience in that we travelled from a common background and starting place to a similar end. Bonded by a common purpose and linked by a shared experience along the way. Not only did we have common experiences but we shared or perspectives on them with each other in reflective exercises that were most rewarding. These people will remain in my life and it makes me think were it not for the trip would I have ever talked to them again? … Probably not. A harsh yet truthful realisation that we don’t pay attention to, or take an interest in the people, who are around us every day. Perhaps a product of the environment in which we live that all that is thought about is the next item on the agenda of life rather than life itself. Another theme that ran through the trip for me was that of trust. It has to be considered that fifteen short years ago an Apartheid rule was in place throughout South Africa. This consisted of the continuance of white supremacy and maintenance of the unequal status quo that was in operation. Discrimination

Josette Farrell Editor Easter is upon with longer days and renewed hope. The Easter ceremonies were celebrated by Fr.Ian, Fr.Richie, Fr. Diarmuid, and the SMA Fathers. The late Fr. Noel was not forgotten and was remembered at the Easter Vigil by Fr. Ian. Fr. Noel particularly liked the Easter ceremonies and was always delighted to see a baby being baptized at these ceremonies. We would like to think he was looking down on baby Gavin Gaffney’s baptism as he was on the packed congregation and smiling from a better place. What is also vitally needed in the area is a bus shelter. In this day and age it is despairing to see children and adults standing/sitting at an open area in pouring rain which I have witnessed on several occasions. What does it take to get a shelter? Many years ago, I brought this to the attention of the “powers that be” to be told it was being investigated. I’m still waiting as are the people of Claregalway. Claregalway Tidy Towns committee and residents are doing a Trojan job in keeping the area looking well. Woe betide anyone who comes across Joe in his reflector jacket doing the rounds on his bike. He has a way of getting everybody on board with gentle persuasion, so when you meet him, do help him and the team out. It is in the interests of us all living here in Claregalway to make it a better place to live in and to pass through. It’s great to see the daffodils in bloom and the area near the school planted up. Until next time, Josette

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and prejudice were the order of the day. For example, blacks were not allowed to work in or frequent the towns. The poorest quality land areas were selected to house the blacks evoking a pointed resonance of Cromwell’s attitude to Connacht. College attendance was off limits and school educations were designed to channel the blacks into lower order jobs. As with any political set up of this nature unequal governing and law enforcement was apparent, the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela the best known example of this. Furthermore, political democracy was only eventually forced through social unrest and violence a memory still in the consciousness of all those who lived through this time period. Inevitably this has lead to much interracial anger and mistrust. Our group were in a position that we were working with locals both on the site and in the school as well as teaching children as old as nineteen in the classrooms. Furthermore, we were driving through exclusively black villages to and from work. With this in mind it was astounding the welcome and acceptance we were met with. It was unconditional and all the more amazing given the recent history. The welcomes were as many as there were people by the 6

roadside as young and old never failed to wave as we passed by. As the trust developed between us and the local workers throughout this stay it showed me the values of these people; acceptance, trust, unselfishness, patience, appreciation and cooperation. It struck me that perhaps one our greatest achievements over the course of the trip was to foster and develop trust between black and white at this local scale and perhaps to initiate a ripple effect into the wider community. It is not an exaggeration that after ten minutes of our 100 minute journey in the morning we didn’t encounter another white person for the rest of the day. So uncommon are whites here that on shaking hands many of the younger children were observed to be checking their hands to see if any white had come off. With this in mind, for the locals to sit and eat with us, ask our opinions about the project and tell us about their hopes and plans for life and beyond was amazing. They truly shared their innermost feelings and concerns…sharing at this level showed how far their trust had developed. Another aspect that ran through the trip and that was evident every day was the spirituality of the local people. This was not least exemplified by the three and three quarter

hour mass we attended on the middle Sunday of the trip. This was not a chore or something that guilt would make them attend but a social occasion and the highlight of their week. It was a celebration not only of their faith but, on reflection, of all things that are good in their lives. Furthermore, it is celebrated with the rest of the congregation which again showed the level of community evident. Music and dance more than punctuated the ceremony

Reflection is a process so rarely engaged in our society but it was something we practiced daily in Africa

but moreover was a huge part of the ceremony itself. The celebrant spoke with enthusiasm and fervour that one could not but be drawn to and even though the majority of the mass was said through the African dialect of Khosa understanding could be garnered from the gesture and intermittent English explanations. The message was simple ‘the people must share’.

Though the mass celebration was a most obvious symbol of the spirituality, it was also evidenced throughout daily activities. Living and acting in a Christian way is the most spiritual thing of all. I have alluded to multiple examples of this and it struck me that it is in your actions every day that your spirituality is tested. (How much they cared for their fellow man being the most basic and yet intrinsic expression of this of all.) This experience led to something of a spiritual awakening in some members of the group, catalysed perhaps by a realisation of where they came from and where they were going as well as a cognisance of the importance of the journey in getting there. Also, in seeing the happiness and contentment of the locals with so little resources couldn’t but make you think. Reflection is a process so rarely engaged in our society but it was something we practiced daily in Africa. The slower and more relaxed lifestyle lending itself readily to this. Personally speaking I took a lot from not only reflecting on the lives of the people here but also in comparing it with my own life at home. Things I had taken for granted I now appreciate. I have tried to put more time into the relationships that make my life what it

is and to see the value in the greatest resource of all at my disposal- the people who make the places in which I live. I have introduced a greater amount of reflection on how I am and propose to live my life. Rather than rushing to and wishing for a future moment, trying to live to the fullest in the moment itself. Moreover the single most striking element I have taken from the experience is that the pursuit of happiness should not lead you to the next thing which can be purchased but to the next person with whom you can strike a relationship, and the exploration that awaits me is in the development of this and of myself. Places do not make places, people make places and the relationships and bonds you form there decorate the space. In writing this piece it was not my intention to present an idyllic world but to give a look into the culture of a different people. The truth is it is far from idyllic, as previously mentioned there is a 60% HIV prevalence among the black population, most either cannot afford or gain access to treatment and some do not get tested for fear of finding out. The education levels are such that the disease is not fully understood and also the witch doctors add to misunderstanding by

presenting their warped views as a means to a cure. These factors combine to result in the spread of the disease, which remains unchecked and as a huge barrier to development.

The spirituality so strong in Africa was once a leading thread of Irish daily life

Many of the infected younger people did nothing to contract the virus outside of being born- that was the starting point for their lives- a life, which they were soon to struggle for without a living parent. Medical centres cannot cope with the ever increasing numbers

and it looks like a battle that may never be won. Crime is rampant and the police service unable to cope with its magnitude. The Apartheid regime, though no longer in existence, still pervades the psyche and mistrust remains. Whites still retain the majority of the wealth and this situation will take generations if ever to equalise.

grandparents for evidence of this.

I have tried to draw links between the existing society out there and that of an Ireland fifty years ago. Definite similarities exist. The sense of community best exampled when villages worked together through meitheal at harvest time was a hallmark of rural Ireland not too long ago. It is now absent from the cultural landscape of Ireland and neighbours may not talk to each other for the best part of a year. The spirituality so strong in Africa was once a leading thread of Irish daily life, you need but look to your

The pursuit of material things is at the top of the agenda for most people in Ireland today but this was not always the be all and end all in times gone by. Survival and having enough was the order of the day and sharing was a much more frequent exercise. This is the case in South Africa’s rural townships today…a not too distant Irish past. For the record our group contributed handsomely to the buildings that were built over the 10 week project (see photos accompanied). We were also quite active within the classroom and cumulatively over 120 hours of teaching was completed. The experience is something that will stay with me and I am devoted to doing another stint in the near future. I want to thank wholeheartedly all contributors who made this trip possible.

Presenting a cheque to Console through a fundraising concert organised by the Galway Choral Association in St. Nicholas’ Church were Margaret Tierney Smith (Console), Liz Johnston, Rita Nolan, Norman Duffy and Michael O’ Hare. Image courtesy of Martina Regan Photography.



Insomnia – trouble with sleeping- is a very common problem. 1 in 7 adults suffer regularly. Some practical tips for better sleep and understanding insomnia follow. Insomnia can mean one or more of the following; Trouble getting to sleep Waking frequently throughout the night Early morning waking A general sense of not having had enough sleep Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping During the day, people with insomnia may feel tired and less able to cope with routine activities.


They may be more prone to accidents or to becoming ill. There are many possible causes of insomnia. Some are lifestyle induced or short term for example after an upsetting experience. But insomnia may become long term. One the most common causes of insomnia is depression. Lifestyle causes of insomnia include: too much caffeine, especially in the evening, excess alcohol, nicotine, stimulating activities late in the evening, irregular sleeping and waking times, too much light, heat or noise in the bedroom, shift work, jet lag. Medical causes of insomnia include: physical problems,

such as pain, heartburn and sleep apnoea (airway blockage while sleeping), psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, prescribed medicines such as steroid treatments and over-the-counter medicines containing caffeine or pseudoephedrine. Many people find that changes to their daytime and bedtime routines can improve sleep without the need for sleeping tablets, although for many people they are necessary. Changes that often help include being physically active, 30 minutes most days can prove beneficial, limit catnaps during the day, avoid caffeine late in the day, before

bedtime avoid large meals, vigorous exercise, work or competitive games, don’t use alcohol to aid sleep it can make insomnia worse. Make the bedroom as comfortable as possible. Some people find relaxation tapes and exercises useful. If you are still having trouble after making these lifestyle changes ask your local GP for advice. John Duffy M.P.S.I.

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SHUTTER ISLAND REVIEW Christopher Carton, Gortatleva

Josette Farrell

Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley Rating: 15A Martin Scorsese’s latest sees him once again reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio for the mystery-thriller Shutter Island. Based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the film deals with the arrival of U.S. Marshal Ted Daniels to Shutter Island, where he and his partner are tasked with solving the disappearance of a patient from Ashecliff Hospital for the criminally insane. Right from the get go Scorsese establishes an unsettling tone which really works to the films credit. He wants his audience to be filled with a sense of uncertainty and intrigue about this eerie place. The wards of Ashecliff are suitably grim 10

but nonetheless pleasing to look at in the context of the film. An ominous musical score looms over the opening scenes and



continues to evolve with each disturbing revelation throughout Daniels’ investigation. Leonardo DiCaprio may have once been seen as nothing more than a heartthrob, but he has really come into his own in his most recent films. Like The Departed, DiCaprio once again proves here that he has the talent to back up his image. Daniels is a seemingly confident character, and his grim search of the haunting island is made very believable by the capable DiCaprio. He’s supported by veteran Ben Kingsley

who has an understandably creepy air about him as the head psychiatrist Dr. John Cawley. Also notable is the diverse cast of patients, who really make the film their own with some genuinely memorable interrogations. The main problem I found with the film was its length. I’m not one to complain about a long movie normally, but Shutter Island really seemed to drag in its last forty minutes. Exposition which could have been cut to ten minutes, is inexplicably stretched out over a few scenes and I found this to detract from the overall experience. Nevertheless Shutter Island is an intriguing mystery that’s guaranteed to keep you guessing. It’s just a shame that things couldn’t have been wrapped up quicker than they were. In that case, it would have been a classic.

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Q & A – NAMA How will it work? NAMA will buy land development loans with a book value of about €80bn from five Irish banks. It will pay about €54bn for the assets, a price the Government says reflects the “long-term economic value” between the full price of the loans, which reflects property bubble prices, and their current market value of €47bn. Who borrowed the money? Half the €80bn was borrowed by just 100 developers while the rest was borrowed by about 1,400 others. Who will take part? Allied Irish Banks, Anglo Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, ESB and Nationwide Building Society. Is NAMA a bank? No – it will not be taking deposits from the public and will not have a banking licence. How will NAMA pay for this? The ECB will supply the money in a sort of bond that can be cashed at the bank. Why is this good for the banks? NAMA will remove problem loans, freeing banks to lend again. It will also slowly boost liquidity as it brings in new money from the ECB. It will also clear up uncertainty around some of the banks’ future bad debts and capital requirements, possibly clearing the way for greater foreign investor involvement in the sector. What are the disadvantages? The writedowns will force the banks to spend money now to improve their position. The banks can do this by asking shareholders for cash, selling bits and pieces of their empires or borrowing money from the State. We still don’t know exactly what will happen. What does it mean for gov. borrowing figures? The Government has used an accounting trick to ensure that the NAMA debts are not counted on the country’s balance sheet. However, this won’t fool anybody. The world’s rating agencies have already downgraded our bonds, citing the ECB loans to NAMA.

What will NAMA do with the loans? NAMA is putting itself in the place of the bank that originated the loan and will have all the same rights to pursue debts, where this is necessary. Borrowers who


continue to meet their contractual obligations will have their rights fully protected. In all cases, NAMA will try to collect interest due and pursue debts so as to ensure its own income stream and to recoup the taxpayer investment over time. Income from loans that are being repaid will accrue through NAMA to the taxpayer. Where a borrower defaults and NAMA takes over the underlying asset, the proceeds from the sale of those assets will also accrue through NAMA to the taxpayer. What happens after loans move to NAMA? NAMA is acquiring the loans of the largest 70to 100 borrowers first. Borrowers will have to submit a detailed three-year business plan to NAMA within 30 days of their loans being acquired. NAMA will then determine whether these plans are viable and will either approve them, reject them or refer them back to the respective borrowers for amendment. Where plans are approved, NAMA will monitor the borrowers’ subsequent performance to ensure they adhere to the targets contained in the approved business plans. Where business plans are rejected and borrowers are considered to be no longer viable, NAMA will take whatever actions it considers necessary to protect the interests of the taxpayer, be it through the appointment of receivers or liquidation. Is NAMA paying large fees? Yes. While the number of full-time officials is small, NAMA will hire experts when it needs them. These experts don’t come cheap. Who runs NAMA? NAMA is part of the National Treasury Management Agency. It has its own board comprising seven members appointed by the Finance Minister. The chief executive is former NTMA official Brendan McDonagh, while the chairman is former Revenue chief Frank Daly. Both are accountable to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee. How much will it cost? Finance Minister Brian Lenihan sees NAMA making a profit over its 10-year lifetime. But his prediction depends on property prices rising. So far, prices continue to fall. Where is the land? Two-thirds of the land is in the Republic, 6.2pc in Northern Ireland, 20.7pc in Britain and 2.7pc in the US. Most of the rest is in Germany, Portugal, France, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.

Nama nothing but a costly experiment David Smyth, Claregalway

Dear Editor, The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), which is now fully operational, is nothing other than a costly economic experiment, which could lead to disaster for this country and taxpayers. Let’s tackle a few of the myths created over the last year since the establishment of NAMA was first announced. First, the only way to save the financial system and ensure that lending to the wider economy begins again is to cleanse the balance sheets of the banks, by removing the toxic or bad loans. This, we were told, would “get banks lending again”. We were spun the yarn that the only way to get banks lending again was to create a massive bureaucracy to buy all of the bad loans of the banks, purge their balance sheets and then they would be free to increase lending to

small businesses and our economy would begin to grow again. It all sounded so easy. What a load of nonsense!

the loans being purchased by NAMA. Indeed, some politicians have stated unequivocally that NAMA would be self-financing.

The executives of the banks themselves, testifying before Oireachtas Committees, have acknowledged that NAMA will not lead to an increase in lending to business. And that’s from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

As the first tranche of NAMA loans is now being transferred, it is apparent that the discount being applied will be in the region of 40% to 50%. Therefore, if the discount originally mooted during the last year of extensive media coverage had been applied, taxpayers would have lost billions. The numerous pro-NAMA policitians were flat wrong.

Secondly, NAMA would not lose money. In the year since the NAMA announcement, we received all types of assurances from Fianna Fáil politicians that NAMA would be a resounding success and that it would not cost the Irish taxpayer a red cent. But facts are stubborn things, as Ronald Regan would say (and he knew a thing or two about crippling countries with debt). Conventional wisdom since the announcement of NAMA was that a discount or “haircut” of 30% ould be applied to

Thirdly, the NAMA project was necessary to restore the capital bases of the banks. Nationalisation of the banks was not a viable solution and NAMA was a cleverer solution to the extensive capital issues facing the banks. Bunkum! The banks have been busy over the last year issuing new bonds themselves, and have announced each new bond with fanfare. Also, just this week,

we are being told that nationalisation might be the end result anyway. Therefore, we will have the absurd scenario of the Irish taxpayer setting up an agency to buy €54 billion in loads from banks that we actually own anyway! This would not be so bad, were NAMA not preparing to spend over €2 billion in fees to valuers, engineers lawyers and accountants. With these myths removed from the situation, what is the truth? The truth is that nobody really knows. The truth is that the NAMA project, which is now being commenced, is an experiment in how to deal with the problem, and a very expensive experiment at that. I would now call on the Galway politicians who voted for NAMA (that is Frank Fahey, Noel Grealish and Eamon O’Cuív) to explain precisely why the NAMA experiment is worth the cutbacks, pension levies, lack of passports and associated misery.


Patsy O’Hagan, R.I.P. – Revered Footballer and Community Leader Asumpta Gallagher, Claregalway GAA Club P.R.O.

Patsy O’Hagan, a man of many talents, sadly passed away early on Sunday morning, March 21st last, leaving behind a record of a lifetime of immense achievements both on and off the football pitch. His death removes from the GAA community one of the most respected and influential figures in football performance and influence. Although his loss is deeply felt by friends on a country wide basis, it will be most keenly felt in the Claregalway community that he served so well and in his native County Down where he was an immensely talented footballer during his county’s golden era of the early 1960s. The 1960 Down team were the first team from Northern Ireland to bring the Sam Maguire Cup across the Border. Patsy began his career as a stalwart for Co.Down winning two All-Ireland medals at full forward against Kerry in 1960 and at wing back when Down defeated Offaly in 1961. He also won three National Football League medals, five Railway Cups and seven Ulster 14

Championships, leading his team out as Captain in 1966. He was a selector for the Down team which won the 1968 All-Ireland title. His football legacy in Claregalway is reflected directly in the Club’s evolution and progress. He and his close friend Gerry Hestor R.I.P. were among the founder members of Claregalway GAA Club and leading instigators in the organisation and promotion of football developments in the parish. Patsy’s reputation with Down and his leadership gave a great lift to the Club in its formative years. He organised the Parish Leagues as a platform for the recruitment of young footballers in numbers and for their enjoyment. As in the case of most new clubs, a football pitch and a settled home for the Club were required. It wasn’t long until Patsy pushed for the acquisition of land as a priority on the Club’s agenda and the focus was centred on the development of playing facilities. Eventually, in the late 1970s a new dawn for sports in Claregalway, and for football in particular,

Patsy O’ Hagan R.I.P. making a presentation opened up with the purchase of 7½ acres of land in Lakeview from Martin Boyle of Cregboy. Patsy was subsequently appointed a Trustee of the Club. Patsy O’Hagan was Chairman of the Organising committee that mounted an energetic community-wide fundraising campaign to finance the development of the new playing fields. At the same time the Club set about providing facilities for indoor sports. Continued fundraising together with a government grant enabled the Club to build what is now known as the Leisure Centre. In practice, it is a Sports Hall housing a variety of

activities, e.g. basketball, badminton, indoor football and cricket. It was opened in May 1981. It was the first time that the Claregalway community had access to purpose built facilities for sport and recreation. Later, the hall was extended to serve the community at many levels including concerts, drama and feisanna. Athletics featured strongly in local recreation and Patsy was Secretary and leading activist in organising the Community Games; the new playing fields became a widely acclaimed venue for the Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games. In more recent years Patsy was elected Honorary

Congratulations to Zhongyi (Ellen) Ren, Patrick Farrell, Cregboy, Claregalway, & Patrice Lacken, who were the overall winners of the Group Innovation Challenge of the Innovation: Creativity & Enterprise Module.

President of Claregalway n to Joe Kiernan Football Club. There is further information that people may not know about Patsy O’Hagan. He was the first player to score a hat-trick on the hallowed turf in Wembley Stadium when Down played Galway in the 1959 Grounds Tournament Final. In that game he was being marked by Jack Mahon and scored three goals for Down. He was also on the first Irish side which took on Australia at International Rules in 1967. His grandson Danny Cummins is a member of the Co.Galway Senior Football panel. Patsy is pre-deceased by his wife Kay and is survived by his sons Brendan, Michael, PJ and John, and daughters Dympna and Mairead.

Ballina (The Clockmaker) Edward Coppinger

It was County Mayo I was born in, Under the sign of a Horologist star, At dawn on a cold frosty morning Near to a town called Ballina.

Very often in lonely old farms I’ve seen watches of solid gold, With pieces that no longer alarmed, And often encrusted in mould!

I roamed the byways of Connaught Practising my clockmakers art, The skill of my hands all sought – They knew I was good at my craft.

I’ve worked on clocks sad and forlorn Their insides long in decay, Made years before I was born, When I left – were ticking away!

Odd kinds I stripped to pieces Their repairs I took in my stride, And still on some Mantelpieces, My work is regarded with pride.

Timepieces stopped for bereavements – It’s said some never worked again, That to me of experience Was something I couldn’t explain.

Clocks that never had a name, While others made Cuckoo calls – Some keeping time by pulling a chain And known as Wag ‘o’ the Walls.

No longer are Journeymen clockmen, On roads of the kingdom of Conn, In their fond memory whisper Amen, Their times in Ireland – long gone.

Oh I got them to sing – just a new spring, And some only given a shake, The joy when again they’d ring – Not once did I make a mistake!

Peter Cawley, known as Ballina, was a travelling or Journeyman Clockmaker who was well known in Co. Galway.


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Galway County Council 091 509 000

Claregalway Post Office 091 798 101

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The Claregalway Lackagh Panel was L-R Shane O’Gorman, Paraic Commins, Thomas Coyle, James O’Dea, Robert Healy.

Summer Sports Day: The Community Games Summer Sports day will be held on 17th April at Dangan Track – registration from 1pm. All children resident in Claregalway or Lackagh parish are welcome to participate. It is always a great day with children and parents alike enjoying the fun. There will be events for all age groups from U6 to U16. Winners on the day will go on to represent the area at the county finals on Sun 6th and Mon 7th June. For more information on events etc. see our website. Winter Program Over 70 children competed in the winter program of events. Well done to all the children and their mentors on the brilliant performances. Table Tennis Congratulations to the boys on our U13 Table Tennis Team who achieved silver medals in the County Final on Tues 16th March. They were beaten by Abbey Monivea in a great final. We wish Abbey every 18

success in the Connaught Finals in April. Many thanks to Bruce Catchpole who was referee for the night and to Carnmore Community Centre and the Carnmore Table Tennis Club who allowed us to use their equipment and facilities. Art Well Done to all the competitors from the area who participated in the County Art competition held on 20th March in Mountbellew. Special Congratulations to Jonathan Carton from Gortatleva who took the Gold Medal in the U16 Boys category and will go on to represent the County and Area at the National Finals in May. The County Cross Country Competition was held in ideal conditions on Sunday 21st March at the Palace Grounds, Tuam. Well done to all the team who ran well and congratulations to Rachel O’Brien, Darragh OConnell, Paraic Commins and Maeve Moran who all qualified to represent Galway at

Claregalway Lackagh Cross Country Team 2010: Back L-R Rachel O’Brien, Darragh O’Connell, Shane Moylan, Fiachra O’Cochlain, Rory Owens, Andrew Farrell. Front L-R Caitriona Moran, Shane O’Gorman, Aoife Gavin, Maeve Moran, Paraic Commins.

the National Finals in May. The whole team put in alot of work over the past number of weeks in training and we hope they enjoyed it. Many thanks to our trainers who gave so freely of their time – Cole Greene, Eilis Codyre, and Rita O’Leary Healy.

Music 2010 saw the area enter 2 groups into the U14 Group Music Competition which was held in Abbeyknockmoy on 5th March. Although they were all very young and this was their first time entering, it didn’t stop them from coming back with a

County Medal each. One group from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh organized by Sacra Furey earned bronze medals . They are : Laurie Moran, Aelín Badger, Morgan Conroy Broderick, Emma Fahy, Amy Murphy, and Emma Coakley. The other group organized by Angela Fahy and consisting of Sean Loftus, Darren Hession, Darren Fahy, Adam Hession, Daniel Knoop, and Conor Fahy won the silver medals. Well done to all the children and their music teachers. We hope to see you all back again next year. Choir This year saw the area enter the U13 Choir competition for the 1st time as well. The competition took place in Abbeyknockmoy Church on 25th March. The children sang brilliantly and won the bronze medals. Well done to all of them and many thanks to Coman and Michelle who prepared them for the competition. Chess Congratulations to the U16 chess team of Orla McCann, Natasha Hynes, Cormac Gallagher, Daniel Coyle, Mark Browne, Jevan Hansbury and Owen Hannon who came 2nd in the County Competition in Ballinasloe on March 28th. The under 12 team of Conor McCann, Josh Buckley, Clodagh Ryan, Eoghan Gallagher, Leah Fleming and Thomas McStay competed well but were just pipped for a medal.

Bus Timetable for Claregalway These times are for Bus Éireann buses passing through the village

Claregalway to Galway Monday to Saturday Dep. Claregalway

Sunday Services

Arr. in Galway

08:03 09:05 10:30 10:35 11:17 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:25 15:15 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:55 17:10 17:30 [FRIDAY ONLY] 19:05 [FRIDAY ONLY] 19:31 [EXCEPT SATURDAY] 21:15 22:15

08:30 09:20 10:45 11:05 11:40 11:50 12:30 13:45 14:40 15:35 16:10 17:30 17:45 19:20 19:50 21:30 22:30

Dep. Claregalway

Arr. in Galway

10:35 13:30 16:10 16:30 17:10 19:05 19:35 22:15

10:50 13:45 16:25 16:45 17:25 19:20 19:50 22:30

The bus stop in Claregalway is situated beside the Nine Arches. Please note these times are approximate only. Nuacht Chláir will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions in this timetable.

Galway to Claregalway Monday to Saturday Dep. Galway

09:00 10:30 12:00 14:00 15:00 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:45 16:00 17:45 18:15 20:15 [FRIDAY ONLY]

Sunday Services

Arr. in Claregalway

09:20 10:50 12:20 14:20 15:20 15:55 16:20 18:05 18:35 20:35

Dep. Galway

Arr. in Claregalway

10:00 12:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:15 20:10 20:15 21:00 21:10

10:20 12:20 14:20 15:20 16:20 17:20 18:35 20:30 20:35 21:20 21:30

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Claregalway GAA Update Asumpta Gallagher, Club P.R.O.

Club News Excellent progress has been made to date on developments in Knockdoemore and in Lakeview. Much credit must go to the many volunteers who have given so freely of their time and expertise to get things to this stage.

Stars; August 29 – away to Moycullen; September 5 – at home to Milltown; October 3 – away to Cortoon Shamrocks; October 17 – at home to An Ceathru Rua; November 7 – at home to Corofin.

There will be a major fundraising drive launched over the next few months and the Club will be asking for all members particpation as well as reaching out to the wider community who will all benefit from this development on completion.

Féile 2010 On Saturday 27th March, the U14 Ladies once again represented their club at the highest level in the Féile Qualifiers. In the first round which was played in Claregalway, they defeated St Brendans, Glenamaddy and Tuam Cortoon before qualifying for the Semi Finals when they took on Kilkerrin-Clonberne.

A calendar of events is currently in progress and will be distributed to all members when finalised. Membership has increased once again this year following our recent registration evening and the new facilities are fundamental in supporting this growth. A sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to date.

This was a nail-biting semifinal in Carnmore with nothing between the two teams. At half time, the score was even at just two points each. An early 2nd half goal from Claregalway put pressure on Kilkerrin/ Clonberne however, they quickly responded with a goal to equalise once again. With another point from Claregalway,

Senior Senior League game against Caltra was postponed. Senior League fixtures are: April 14 – at home to Annaghdown; May 23 – away to Ml. Breathnachs; June 13 – at home to Tuam

It is was a well fought battle to the final whistle with Claregalway managing to hold on to this advantage in the final minutes. The final score was Claregalway 1-3, Kilkerrin/Clonberne 1-2. Claregalway went on


to defeat Salthill in the Final and for the second year running go forward to represent Galway in the National Finals in Derry in July. The Ladies Club wishes to say a sincere thank you to all the parents who contributed sandwiches, cakes etc and looked after both the home team and visiting teams on the day. Acknowledgement must also go to the Club members who lined the pitch and prepared the grounds so well for the qualifiers. Congratulations to Jimmy Gavin, Joan Gavin and all the mentors involved with the Panel. U16 Boys Claregalway U16 boys had another good win last Thursday night in a challenge game played under lights at Clann na nGael grounds in Athlone. Claregalway started the game slowly & conceded 3 points without reply in the first 10 minutes. Claregalway settled after that and got on the scoreboard with a fine point from Colm Devery. Brian O Connell followed up with 2 more points to level the game after 18 minutes. Claregalway defended gallantly for the remainder

of the half & further points from Mark Coyle, Rory Gunning, Harry Connelly & a goal from Andrew Dolan left the half time score Claregalway 1-6; Clann na nGael 0 – 3. The heavens opened at half time and the second half was played in very difficult conditions. Claregalway continued to play good football however despite the testing conditions and added further points from Paul Fahy, Andrew Dolan & Mark Coyle. This was a good performance from the Claregalway team who were missing a few regulars on the day, Mark Shaughnessy, Eoin Flaherty, Dan McArdle, Edwin Keary, Paul Fahy; Darragh Moylan, Richard Commins, Brian O Connell, Harry Connelly, Darran Hennessy, Colm Devery, Mark Coyle, Kevin Brennan, Rory Gunning, Andrew Dolan. The county U16 league starts on Tuesday March 30 with an away game V Bearna. League games are on every Tuesday night at 7pm with training for all U16s every Friday evening at 6.00pm sharp.

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The Crooked Old Woman Sitting in her musty room, her bent old body barely able to move.

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Through cobweb windows, the world going by, Laughing, rushing to and fro, But no one knocks on her door. The ticking clock echoes the walls, As she sits and waits on God to call. Her bent old body lets out a sigh, A silent tear falls from her old blue eye, Thinking of a time gone by. She’d love to hear a kind word said from the lips of a friend Than lots of people saying nice things about her when she is dead. She’d rather hear a loving word from a friend who cares for her

Than a lot of foolish flattery when her life has ceased to be. She’d love to have a fond farewell from friends who are true Than tears around her coffin from people she barely knew. She’d rather have a little flower and be welcomed by her friends Than to have a bouquet of roses around her when she’s dead. Do come and talk to her today whether funny sad or true, For she’d love to have one true friend, now, Than a crowd around her when she’s dead.


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Congratulations to Gerald and Eilis Gaffney, Church View, on the birth of Gavin Patrick born on the 2nd February 2010 – a brother for Lauren. Gavin was baptized by Fr. Ian in a special Easter Saturday ceremony in the Church on the 3rd April where he was surrounded by his parents, godparents and a packed congregation.

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Clinic FÁS don Achréidh Tá Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta ag eagrú Clinic FÁS i do cheantair. Is comhairliúchán duine ar dhuine a bheas i gceist: ∙ Chun clárú le FÁS ∙ Treoir gairm a f háil ∙ C.V. a ullmhú ∙ Ullmhúchán le haghaidh agallamh Áit: Am: Dátaí:

Ionad Peile na Gaillimhe (Lough George) 9.30 r.n – 12.30 i.n Aibreán 12ú & 19ú Bealtaine 10ú & 17ú Meitheamh 14ú & 21ú

Cuir glaoch ar Debbie ag (091) 593 410 nó 087 6836685 chun coinne a dhéanamh. Tá an seirbhís seo saor in aisce.

Clinic Eolas Tá Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta ag eagrú Clinic Eolas i do cheantair, comhairliúchán duine ar dhuine a bhéas i gceist le Oifigeach Eolais. Is féidir aon cheist a chuir ó leasa shóisialaigh, deiseanna tacaíochta ag filleadh ar obair & ag filleadh ar oideachas, pinsean, teidlíochtaí oibre srl. Cuirfidh an Oifigeach seo eolas cuimsitheach ar fáil ar gach gné de sheirbhisí poiblí agus ar na teidlíochtaí atá ar fáil.

Prayer Before an Exam

Tá an seirbhís seo soar in aisce. Áit: Am: Dátaí:

Ionad Peile na Gaillimhe (Lough George) 9.30 r.n – 12.30 i.n Aibreán 7ú & 21ú Bealtaine 5ú & 19ú Meitheamh 2ú & 16ú

Dear Lord, Sometimes I feel a little strange prayingto you because of an exam.

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It doesn’t really seem all that significant when you consider the “big picture.”

FÁS Clinic for the East Information Clinic Galway Gaeltacht Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta are Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta are organising a FÁS clinic in your area. This will be a one-to-one consultation with a FÁS officer: ∙ To register with FÁS ∙ Career guidence ∙ Preparing a C.V. ∙ Interview preparation Venue: Ionad Peile na Gaillimhe (Lough George) Time: 9.30a.m to 12.30p.m Dates: April 12th & 19th May 10th & 17th June 14th & 21th Please contact Debbie on (091) 593 410 or 087 6836685 to make an appointment. This service is free of charge.

But right now, the test looms so large that it is all I can see before me.

organising an information clinic in your area which will involve a one-to-one consultation with an Information Officer. This Officer has years of experience dealing with peoples entitlements and is fully trained and knowledgeable on the various schemes etc that are available. You can seek information on social welfare entitlements, support opportunities, back to work, back to education, pension, work entitlements. This service is free of charge. Venue: Ionad Peile na Gaillimhe (Lough George) Time: 9.30a.m to 12.30p.m Dates: April 7th & 21st May 5th & 19th June 2nd & 16th Please contact Debbie on 091 593410 or 087 6836685 to make an appointment.

I pray to you for three things: - the strength to handle the pressure that I feel, - the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge and preparation, - and the ability to keep an appropriate perspective on it all. Help me to keep in mind what is really important, even as I focus all of my time and energy on this test in the immediate future. Amen.


Big names row in behind Claregalway Art Auction A number of the biggest names in Irish art are among participants in this year’s Claregalway Educate Together art auction on April 18th in the Westwood House Hotel, Dangan, Galway. John Behan, Joe Boske, Bob Quinn, Ger Sweeney, Marja Van Kampen, Michael Viney, David Archer, Laura Brennan, Roisin Coyle, Tom Mathews and more will be among over 50 acclaimed artists contributing to the event. Other acclaimed artists participating include Aideen Barry, Christine Bowen, Rosemary Carr, Lynda Cookson, Sean

Cotter, Clare Cryan, Lidia De Lange, Dagmar Drabent, Pauline Garavan, Denise Hogan, Joan Hogan, Margaret Irwin, Jim Kavanagh, Charlotte Kelly, Harriet Leander, Philip Linday, Dolores Lyne, Sara Susan McNeill, Sarah Mitchell, Vivien Murray, Janet Vinnell, Joan Webb, Kenneth Webb and Annie West. The proceeds will be shared between the artists and Claregalway Educate Together National School, with no additional fees and no hidden costs for the buyer! Pre-auction bids can be taken and artwork is available to preview online along with information about the school.

CENTNS is one of three Educate Together schools in Galway, and was established in 2005. It has received permanent recognition from the Department of Education, but is still housed in temporary accommodation. It is part of the fastest growing sector in Irish education, providing multi-demoninational schooling to a number of nationalities. Since September 2005, it has doubled its numbers and pupils can participate

in a Students’ Council and Green Committee. The art auction is central to vital and continuing fundraising efforts, aimed at providing the school with a permanent home. Signed copies of Lynda Cookson’s new book ‘Tea ‘n Turps’ will be available for sale on the day. All purchasers of the book will enter a separate draw for a painting by Lynda Cookson and a portion of the book price will also go towards school funds.

Viewing will take place from 12 noon on Sunday, April 18th, in the Westwood Hotel, with sale starting at 2.30pm – online viewing of a selection of art works is available now on

Lackagh, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

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April 2010 update from your Local Councillor, Jim Cuddy

Keeping the Faith on Galway Bay FM Getting your Sunday Morning off to a start with ‘A little bit of Faith’

Jim Cuddy

Smart Travel The Department of Transport in association with both Galway City and County Council are at the moment in the process of introducing a smart travel scheme for which it is to provide funding. Both Claregalway and Oranmore are included in this scheme. The scheme will be the subject of public consultations with the Claregalway and Oranmore Development Associations first and will then be open to public consultations in both of these areas at a date to be arranged by council officials in order to get the views of what the local people want. The aim is to increase the use of public transport and to provide additional footpaths and walkways. The officials are seriously considering the provision of a park and ride in the Glenascaul area close to the M6 and are to consider extending the footpath from the Claregalway National School as far as the community centre. This is something I have been looking for over the past number of years and I am glad it is being included in the scheme.

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Discussions will have to take place with local landowners to acquire the necessary lands. Recent improvement road works I am glad to be able to say that in the past month the council have carried out much needed works at Gortacleva and Clogher for which I had provided discretionary funding. This should help reduce the water lodging on the roads at these locations. Flood Relief works You will be aware that following the flooding last November a working group was set up under the chairmanship of the Galway County Manager to draw up proposals for flood relief works in the areas affected by the flooding. The Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Dr.Mansaragh is to visit the Claregalway area after Easter to meet with those affected. In the meantime, Consultants have been engaged by the council to draw up plans and recommendations for the various areas affected. Tidy Towns This year Claregalway will again be entering the Tidy Town’s competition and

with Fr. Sean McHugh Gospel and musical reflections and more!

Feel free to contact me anytime at

Claregalway/Carnmore Active Retirement Association Meeting Every Friday at 10.30 am. in the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome.

091 798 136 or mobile

087 636 0242 or you can e-mail me at jcuddy@cllr.

Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Every Monday night at 8.00 pm. in the Parish Meeting Room.

the committee are to be commended for their work to date in cleaning up the litter on the approach roads to the village with the help of local residents. It was sad to see that just a few days after the N18 was cleaned up that bags of litter were again dumped on the roadside.

Mother and Toddler Group Meet every Wednesday morning in Claregalway Community Centre from 10.00 – 12 noon Contact: Teresa at 087 944 67 18. Junior Choir

Well done Congratulations to Compántas Lir on qualifying for the All Ireland Drama Festival which this year will be taking place in Glenamaddy in April. We wish them every success.

Practice every Monday night in the Church at 7pm. Senior Choir Practice every Monday night in the Church at 8.15pm. Folk Choir Practice every Wednesday night in the Church at 8pm.


WVVMC launches first static show Tom Spellman

The Western Veteran and Vintage Motor Club have announced a great new event; the club will hold a static show on Saturday the 10th of April 2010. This is an all-new event on the club’s calendar, and will be held in the Claregalway Corporate Park, just outside Claregalway village. This venue will provide hard-surface parking for all, and having been at the venue myself for a local market this looks to have great potential. The event will be open to cars, tractors, motorbikes and all types of vehicles, and the club are also inviting autojumblers to come along. For more details, contact Tom Spellman on 085 154 2099.

Vintage Display, Autojumble and Auction Claregalway Corporate Park Saturday 10th of April 2010 Vintage Cars


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“Something for Everyone” All proceeds from this event will go to charity

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