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Is it true to say that the clothes maketh the man?

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David Forde with his wife Alison and children Kealen and Ella at Galway City Council Mayoral Reception to honour the Galway native and Irish goalkeeping hero.

A Different View with Dave O’Connell

There’s a colleague of mine who – back in his disco days – once had to make the ultimate sacrifice…he could only get into one of Galway’s top nightspots by wearing another man’s pants.

The fact that his denims were considerably more expensive than the slacks – Farah, if memory serves me right – was of no consequence to the door staff.

But they did at least loan him the trousers which were a size or two bigger than required. That meant he had to wear them over his own jeans to stop them from falling down.

The ultimate indignity of all this was that the replacement trousers were actually the property of the nightclub owner himself – the very man who was strictly implementing the ‘no jeans’ rule and then dispensing old pants to ensure no dancers were lost at the door.

In another life and at a different office Christmas party, all of the staff were invited to a rather posh establishment where free food and drink was the order of the evening; this was back when the Celtic Tiger was still a cub.

All staff included everyone from editor down to runners, an honourable age-old post in newspapers for young fellas to learn some trade by spending the first couple of years running errands or delivering post while you bided your time.

As bad luck would have it, this runner wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, nor was he the sharpest dresser – so there was always likely to be a problem with his torn Adidas trainers if the bouncers spotted them.

Which they did – and the hands went out, followed by the explanation: “Sorry son, no runners.”

The bewildered reply to which: “How did you know what I do?”

You had to dress appropriately to get into nightclubs back in the day – and even if jeans were allowed, the one item of clothing you never wore was white socks.

For some reason, they signified a ruffian element, even though they were harder to keep clean than a hundred pairs of black ones.

And if you really wanted to test the system – or patience of the door staff – then combining white socks with black slip-on shoes, complete with tassels, all rounded off with a nice pair of stone-washed denims, would prove the ultimate test.

Golf Clubs used to be sticklers for this sort of nonsense too – they may still be but I’d sooner hang out at the dentists – and I recall having to borrow a jacket from an elderly club member on one occasion I was invited to lunch in one such establishment.

Many’s the man who was forced to find a tie from lost property that suited his shirt about as much as a holiday in the Vatican would have suited Ian Paisley.

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West has lower cancer survival rates than rest

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Significant state investment is required to address ‘shocking’ inequalities that leave cancer patients in the West at greater risk of succumbing to the disease.

A meeting of Regional Health Forum West heard that survival rates for breast, lung and colorectal cancers than the national average, and with the most deprived quintile of the population, the West’s residents faced poorer outcomes from a cancer diagnosis.

For breast cancer patients, the five-year survival rate was 80% in the West versus 85% nationally; for lung cancer patients it was 16.7% in the west against a 19.5% national survival rate; and in the West’s colorectal cancer patients, there was a 62.6% survival rate where the national average was 63.1%.

These startling statistics were provided in answer to a question from Ballinasloe-based Cllr Evelyn Parsons (Ind) who said it was yet another reminder that cancer treatment infrastructure in the West was in dire need of improvement.

“The situation is pretty stark. In the Western Regional Health Forum area, we have the highest incidence of deprivation and the highest health inequalities because of that – we have the highest incidences of cancer nationally because of that,” said Cllr Parsons, who is also a general practitioner.

In details provided by CEO of Saolta Health Care Group, which operates Galway’s hospitals, it was stated that a number of factors were impacting on patient outcomes.

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Galway minors continue to lay waste to all opponents

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Galway's Aaron Niland is chased by Cillian O'Callaghan of Cork during Saturday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Stephen Marken/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-18

Cork 1-10

NEW setting; new opposition; new challenge. It made no difference to the Galway minor hurlers as they chalked up a remarkable sixth consecutive double digits championship victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The final scoreline in Thurles may have been a little harsh on Cork, but there was no doubting Galway’s overall superiority in setting up only a second-ever All-Ireland showdown against Clare at the same venue on Sunday week.

Having claimed an historic Leinster title the previous weekend, Galway took a while to get going against the Rebels and also endured their first period in a match in which they were heavily outscored, but still the boys in maroon roll on.

Beating a decent Cork outfit by 14 points sums up how formidable Galway are. No team has managed to lay a glove on them so far, and though Clare might ask them questions other challengers haven’t, they are going to have to find significant improvement on their semi-final win over 14-man Kilkenny to pull off a final upset.

Galway just aren’t winning their matches; they are overpowering the teams which have stood in their way. Their level of consistency is admirable for young players starting off on the inter-county journey, while the team’s temperament appears to be bombproof, no matter what is thrown at them.

Having romped through Leinster, Galway should have been a bit rattled by being only level (0-4 each) after 20 minutes and being a little fortunate not to have been behind; or when Cork stormed out of the blocks at the start of the second half by hitting 1-4 to just a solitary point in reply, but there was never any trace of panic in their ranks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí and IFA issue a joint appeal on summer road safety

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Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche

GARDAÍ and the IFA have issued a joint appeal to all road users to take extra care as the silage season gets under way across the country.

Silage harvesting started in many parts of Galway last week – and over the coming month, the sight of tractors and trailers on rural roads will be getting far more frequent.

Inspector Conor Madden, who is in charge of Galway Roads Policing, told the Farming Tribune that a bit of extra care and common-sense from all road users would go a long way towards preventing serious collisions on roads this summer.

“One thing I would ask farmers and contractors to consider is to try and get more experienced drivers working for them.

“Tractors have got faster and bigger – and they are also towing heavy loads of silage – so care and experience are a great help in terms of accident prevention,” Inspector Madden told the Farming Tribune.

He said that tractor drivers should always be aware of traffic building up behind them and to pull in and let these vehicles pass, where it was safe to do so.

“By the same token, other road users should always exercise extra care; drive that bit slower; and ‘pull in’ that bit more, when meeting tractors and heavy machinery.

“We all want to see everyone enjoying a safe summer on our roads – that extra bit of care, and consideration for other roads users can make a huge difference,” said Conor Madden.

He also advised motorists and tractor drivers to be acutely aware of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads during the summer season when more people would be out walking and cycling on the roads.

The IFA has also joined in on the road safety appeal with Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche asking all road users to exercise that extra bit of care and caution.

“We are renewing our annual appeal for motorists to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other agricultural machinery exiting from fields and farmyards,” she said.

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