Now I am well aware that I will never become a pundit on either hurling or Gaelic football matters, but nevertheless I have always thought that I am well clued in and would be close enough when it comes to predicting the results of most matches. However, as anyone who met me last week will tell you, I could not have been any more wrong about the result of the Galway v Mayo Connacht championship game in Castlebar on Saturday evening.
I confidently predicted that the five-in-a-row Connacht champions would win by eight to ten points. I said we, Galway, wouldn’t keep the ball kicked out to them, and I said it would be a long, miserable, embarrassing evening for all the die-hard Galway supporters who turned up in the Mayo venue. As we all know by now, I was as far out as a lighthouse and a new look young Tribesmen outfit brought off a brilliant win and in doing so, restored some pride in the maroon and white jersey.
Back in the days when I was a young lad growing up in Creggs, there was always intense rivalry between neighbouring counties when it came to championship time, but nothing compared to the rivalry between ourselves and the Rossies and judging by the craic in Mikeen’s (I just went up to have a few pints to celebrate Father’s Day) last night, I’d say we’ll have a lively few weeks, between now and the 10th of July. The Rossies, although well outnumbered last night, made no secret of the fact that they were delighted at the result from Castlebar and they are confident that they will pick up a handy Connacht title in a few weeks time and they may well be right. However, for us, it’s time to dig out the bunting and flags that we got for last year’s All-Ireland hurling final, and at least until the July date with our neighbours, we will nail our colours to the mast and paint our little village red, or even maroon!
The lack of confidence shown by Galway supporters in their team on Saturday can be judged by the fact that it is estimated that only 1,500 out of the total attendance of 22,000 were from Galway, but at least here in Creggs, we had one brave punter who was confident enough to put €100 on them at odds of five to one. Fortune favours the brave, so well done to the lucky punter, who shall remain nameless.
Rugby team can rewrite history books
Sticking with sports, because it was an amazing weekend on the sporting front, I had the good fortune to be working on Saturday last and so I didn’t get to see any of either the rugby or soccer defeats, but while the rugby team went down after a battle royale and a top quality performance, it seems that the ‘Boys in Green’, i.e. the soccer team, were well and truly overrun by a very talented Belgian side.
The rugby lads, under the almost certainly departing Joe Schmidt still have a chance to make more history by winning a series in South Africa and I am pretty sure, hard as it may be, they are capable of doing so. As luck would have it, I have next Saturday off, to play in the rugby club’s annual golf outing in Roscommon Golf Club, so I am looking forward to seeing our lads rewrite the history books.
De-coding the Eircode
Changing subjects entirely and in today’s papers, I see that the Department of Communications claim that more than 90% of Irish people know their new Eircode, whereas a survey undertaken by the Irish Daily Mail would suggest that only 1.3% would know it.
On a personal basis, I wouldn’t have a clue and as far as I know, in the length of time since we have had our code, I have never had occasion to use it, which would make you wonder why we have one at all. I never actually gave this matter any thought until these surveys came out, but I would have thought that a postcode would be used to help with postal deliveries, but that must be wrong as I’ve not seen any letter arrive at the house with the code on it. When you consider that we spent €38 million on the new system, the fact that 30% of the people interviewed by the Mail didn’t even know they had a postcode, would make you think that yet again we have simply thrown an enormous amount of public money down another big black hole.
Homeless problem continues to grow
Talking of enormous amounts of money, in Dublin this year we are going to spend more than €102 million on the homelessness crisis, with a projected payout to various hotels of more than €46 million. I don’t pretend that I have the answer to the homeless problem and I suppose I’m not getting paid to sort it out but when you see that type of figure for just one year, it makes you realise how big of a problem it is and how badly we need to fix it. An amazing number of 4,473 people, between adults and children, which is the population of a nice sized town, were in emergency accommodation in our capital city for the first quarter of this year. It really is hard to believe.
American Tea Party
On the local front, Mary Kelly asks me to remind you all that an American Tea Party will take place in Kilbegnet Hall on August 12th, a Friday night with all proceeds going to fund the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party. It’s €10 per ticket and I’ll give you the time later on, but put the date in your diary and make sure you turn up and support it.
Sylvia a perm-anent fixture at Happy Scissors
Finally for this week, I’m told that Sylvia Lynch, one of our neighbours down the road in Glinsk has taken the reins in Happy Scissors hairdressers in Roscommon and I want to wish her all the best with her new venture. Creggs girl, Aoife Small is also on the staff, so if you need anything done to your hair, you know where to go. I might just pop in for a perm! Or do they still do them?
Till next week, bye for now