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Going for Growth – Green Earth Organics, Corrandulla

by Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent

Kenneth and Jenny Keavey didn’t know “anything about farming or business” when they began delivering boxes of home-grown vegetables to friends and acquaintances eight years ago.

Now delivering produce from Mayo to Limerick, their company, Green Earth Organics last week took home the €10,000 top prize in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards, and 2014 looks like a year of further growth.

Named ‘One to Watch’ at last year’s SCCUL Enterprise Awards, Green Earth Organics is an innovative company based on a traditional concept, “giving customers a convenient way to get really good food delivered to their homes”.

Mr. Keavey grew up around such food; his grandfather was head gardener at Cregg Castle, Corrandulla and the 30-acre Green Earth Organics farm at Caherlea has been in the family for three generations.

He also knows about non-organic produce, having worked in the UK in the pharmaceutical industry as a senior research scientist.  While the roles appear disparate, he has applied the organisational skills developed while studying for his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to his work, and his “deep knowledge of what chemicals do and what they can do to environment”, coupled with his passion for the environment, made him want to do something positive for it.

Hence Green Earth Organics, which delivers boxes of organic vegetables and other products to customers’s homes.  ”The basic premise of it is you get a delivery to your house once a week of fresh organic veg.  Generally, it’s local where possible.  The idea is that that will help you improve your diet; you’ll be getting fresh veg, the veg will be there, you’re going to use it, you’re going to eat more veg,” he says.

The scheme is flexible and customers can customise boxes to suit their needs and tastes.  ”It supports the local economy, you’re buying local seasonal food so the food is fresher, it’s better value, you’re getting the best in terms of health, nutrients and, with us certainly, what you’re getting is something you can trust, it’s good safe food, ” says Mr. Keavey.

Green Earth Organics currently employs eight full time and two part time staff, and is set to hire more during the year as the business expands.  Mr. Keavey says a strong team has helped the business succeed to date.

The company’s present delivery route covers from Westport, Co. Mayo to Limerick market and expanding there, with the intention of offering their services in Dublin in future.  Much of the produce delivered is grown on their own farm but the company is also looking to contract and growing to other organic suppliers, indirectly supporting further employment.

While the company has an eye on expanding its customer base, the central packaging  facility and organisation base will remain in Corrandulla.  In fact, the €10,000 case prize the company won at the SCCUL Enterprise Awards will go towards building a new packing facility there, which will help to grow the business, and towards enhancing their online ordering system.

The company has identified online sales as a key growth area.  ”?You can see it in the UK, all the major retailers are investing heavily in their online ordering systems,” says Mr. Keavey.

But direct customer interaction also remains important and Green Earth Organics sell their produce at Moycullen Market every Friday and its farm shop is open every Wednesday from 2pm to 7pm, when customers can learn about produce and how it’s grown.

“People have been disconnected from their food supply, that’s been fairly obvious in the news over the last couple of years with all the scares” says Mr. Keavey. “People are so far removed from the production of food now they don’t actually know what’s going on any more,” he says, adding that social media is an excellent way to communicate to the public where their food is actually coming from.

Market prices for vegetables has also long been an issue for growers, with the Irish Farmers’s Association most recently protesting the “unforgivable” and “morally wrong” practise by large retailers of selling fresh Irish vegetables for as little as five cent per kilogram, which the group said “made a mockery” of the hard work done by growers.

“What’s happened there is food is being completely devalued to the point of view where it’s worthless.

Consumer values are very important and high on everybody’s agenda but there has to be a realistic price,” says Mr. Keavey.  ”It costs to produce food and when you take that away, you’re telling people it’s worthless and I mean that’s sending out all the wrong messages as far as that’s concerned.”

He adds that one of the benefits of organic produce is it has to be grown according to a set of strict regulations.  ”Organic food doesn’t have chemicals on it, that’s a fact, and it’s grown with respect for the environment, so if you come to our farm, you will see birds and bees and all the wildlife and diversity that thrives here.  If you go to other farms, you may not see that because chemicals cause damage and I know that because I’ve worked with them. I’ve worked in the industry for a long time, ” he says.

Reflecting on his decision to move from the pharmaceutical industry and start his own business, he says the greatest challenge starting out was that he and his wife had no knowledge or awareness of the supports available to them, and felt that it would be difficult to access them in any case.  He feels there are now more supports available to start-ups, and says that one of the benefits of SCCUL is the case of access it provides to mentoring, support services and any other help entrepreneurs may require.

“When you go out on your own, people will always tell you that, “You’re craze, you’re leaving a mob, why would you do that”"..  It’s the sense of self-belief that you can do it that really makes the difference and there will be a lot of times when you don’t have that, but that is crucial.  If you have that I think anything is possible.”

Aimed at celebrating entrepreneurship and rewarding local enterprise, the SCCUL Enterprise Awards are an initiative of SCCUL Enterprises Ltd aided by Ballybane Enterprise Centre, St. Columba’s Credit Union and Galway City Council.

Green Earth Organics last week claimed the top prize of €10,000, a €2,500 advertising package from media sponsor the Galway Independent and a specially commissioned sculpture by Galway based sculptur Liam Butler. In addition to claiming the overall prize, Green Earth Organics won the SCCUL Enterprise Agriculture and Food Award.

For more details on Green Earth Organics, visit www.greenearthorganics.ie.  For information on the SCCUL Enterprise Awards, log onto www.scculawards.ie.

PROFILE:  KENNETH KEAVEY

LOCATION:  Corrandulla

OCCUPATION: Owner, Green Earth Organics

CV: Mr. Keavey holds a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and previously worked as a senior research scientist in the UK.  Upon returning to Ireland, he and wife Jenny established Green Earth Organics on the family farm in Caherlea, Corrandulla in 2006.  The company was last week named overall winner at this year’s SCCUL Enterprise Awards.

Always be yourself – Ronan Scully

Embrace that person inside you that has ideas and strengths like no one else.  Be the person you know yourself to be.  And above all, be true to yourself and put your heart in it.  Don’t try to change the world, but also don’t let the world change the person you want to be.

Starting this week get your priorities right.  Years from now, it won’t really matter what you did today.  What will matter is how you loved and cared and how you applied this to life.  Take full responsibility for your ambitions, know your worth.  Don’t expect to see positive changes if you surround yourself with negative and destructive people.  Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life.  Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.  Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

When faced with long queues, traffic jams or waiting on an appointment, you have two choices: You can get frustrated or you can view it as life’s way of giving you a guilt-free break from rushing, and spend that time daydreaming, conversing or watching nature.  The first choice will raise your blood pressure.  The second choice will raise your perception.  Choose the things that truly matter.  The smartest way to live is choosing what truly matters, and pursuing it passionately.

Let someone love you just the way you are.  As flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are, let someone love you despite all of this; and let that someone be you.  Accept your strengths and weaknesses.  We often waste too much time comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something else.  Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when we accept everything, then we are able to become who we are capable of being,.  Learn from others, and move on when you must.

Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons.  Be honest in you relationships.  If you’re not happy, be honest, and move on if you must. When you’re truly in love, being faithful is not a sacrifice, it’s a joy. Don’t get to the end of your life and find that you lived one of regrets.  When it comes to living as a passionate, inspired human being, the only challenge greater than learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, is learning to walk a lifetime comfortably in your own.

Thought for the week

As your thought for the week, never give up on you.  This is your life; shape it.  Strength shows not only in the ability to hold on but in the ability to start over.  It is never too late to become what you might have been.

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Corrandulla organic farm scoops €10,000 Galway enterprise award

By Siobhán Holliman, The Tuam Herald

GREEN Earth Organics Farm in Corrandulla has won he top prize of €10,000 cash in the Galway SCCUL Enterprise Awards.

From a humble veg box scheme this North Galway farm has grown in eight years to include nationwide delivery of customised organic veg boxes through their online ordering platform, supplying many supermarkets in the West of Ireland as well as award-winning Galway restaurants such as the Michelin star Aniar along with a number of other retail outlets.

Established in 2006, Green Earth Organics is the brainchild of Kenneth and Jenny Keavey who relocated from London to take-over the farm that had been in their family for three generations.  Their dedication and hard work has resulted in the farm becoming one of the biggest organic vegetable farms in the West of Ireland, which employs seven full- time and two part-time staff.

Owner Kenneth Keavey was presented with his prize by Martin Sisk, President of the Irish League of Credit Union of Galway, who sponsored the winner’s prize at the event in NUI Galway on Monday.

“In 2005, I left my well paid job as a senior research scientist working for a bio tech company in the UK to come back to Galway to start Green Earth Organics.  My wife Jenny and I had a vision to develop an organic food production and supply businesses from the family farm.  Over the six years we’ve worked hard and changed our business model by taking risks and looking outside our current box,” said a delighted Kenneth.

“Jenny and I are really thrilled to receive this award as last year we were a One to Watch in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards.  We will invest our award back into our business to help us take our business to the next level,” he added.

Green Earth Organics also receives a €2,500 advertising package from media sponsor Galway Independent and a specially commissioned sculpture by Galway-based sculptor Liam Butler.  In addition to claiming the overall prize, Green Earth Organics won the SCCUL Enterprise Agriculture & Food Award.

Minister of State for Research & Innovation Sean Sherlock congratulated the work that the Corrandula farm business is doing.

“Over the past few years they have developed a sustainable business with the potential to expand and create employment,” said Minister Sherlock.

“The SCCUL Enterprise Awards are an ideal platform to celebrate the achievements of our indigenous companies and it is vital that we acknowledge the commitment and vision of those working within our most innovative companies to generate significant sales, exports and employment.  I want to congratulate all the winners and applicants to this year’s awards and encourage them to keep utilising that entrepreneurial spirit.”

Tense wait for action on county’s ghost estates

by Siobhán Holliman, The Tuam Herald

PEOPLE living in Co. Galway’s numerous unfinished housing estates have an anxious wait ahead to find out if their estate is among those chosen for improvement works by Galway Co. Council.

The local authority is currently carrying out a review of the state and number of unfinished developments around the county as part of its bid to secure Government funds to help tackle the ongoing problems in ghost estates.

The Council previously ruled out any demolition in the 50 or so ghost estates located in different towns around the county and dealing with the problem has proved complicated.  While some estates have an occupancy rate of less than 50 per cent and have been abandoned by the developer, local authorities are advised only to intervene directly as a last resort.

People living in the estates where there are many half-finished houses, unsightly site work, mounds of fill and soil, open manholes and uncompleted open areas, ground works and roads continue to complain to the Council.

However, while it has been suggested that demolition work is the only solution for some estates in areas where the houses are unlikely ever to sell, it’s understood that the Council simply doesn’t have the powers to do this in a private estate and legislation only provides for the enforcement of the conditions of planning permission.

A spokesperson for the Council confirmed to The Tuam Herald that it will be making a submission for funding under the recently announced €10 million funding scheme from Government.

“The estates that will be the subject of our application for funding have yet to be determined and accordingly no details on the location of same or the works therein are currently available,” stated the spokesperson.

The number of residential estates is being assessed on a case is being assessed on a case by case basis, trying to ascertain what works are outstanding and what the financial position of the developer is, or if there are any funds available to ensure the completion of the estate.

A few years ago €5 million nationally was earmarked to address the most immediate public safety hazards in estates partially occupied by residents but it’s not known how much of this was drawn down for works in Co. Galway.  Local election candidate Nora Fahy, who lives not far from Williamstown, which was known to have the highest number of unfinished states in the county, says hundreds of families are still trapped in limbo.

She is eager for the Council to apply to the €10 million fund and outline the issues facing the most problematic estates in the county.

“There is still a major problem with unfinished housing estates all over Co Galway and East Galway with many couples and families trapped living in limbo land.  Hard working people are struggling to pay a mortgage and put food on the table.  They worked hard to buy their own homes in many of these estates but then they were left living in the middle of construction sites,” remarked Nora Fahy.

The Fianna Fáil Tuam local area candidate hopes the €10 million fund will help alleviate the plight of those living in unfinished housing estates.

“The lack of public infrastructure in many of these unfinished housing estates also puts off any potential buyers from expressing an interest in the estate and so many homeowners are left isolated in a deserted housing estate which was meant to be their dream home,” added Nora.

The fund is specially designed to address deficiencies in public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, public lighting and open spaces.  It is envisaged that by addressing these problems, it will unlock the potential for developers and funders to invest additional capital to complete the housing element of the development.

Residents will be eager to see the updated Co Council list.  While close to 60 developments were deemed to be unfinished in 2012 and got a waiver from the controversial Household Charge, residents were shocked by some of the estates that were left out.

There was further surprise when the list of estates that are exempt from property tax emerged, which listed just a section of one unfinished estate in Tuam, Carrigweir and omitted others such as Clochrán and Vicars Choroland.

Ladies Gaelic Football

On last Monday evening, the Claregalway Ladies All-Ireland Football Champions were given a civic reception, hosted by Galway Co Council at County Hall.   Major of Co Galway Liam Carroll paid tribute to the achievements of the Claregalway team in taking the All-Ireland title and thanked the mentors and parents for the great work that has been carried out, which has enabled the team to capture All-Ireland honours.

Meanwhile, Presentation School Athenry reached the Connaught Colleges Senior A semi-final with a win over  Mercy, Roscommon on Thursday last, with local players involved.  Also, best wishes to Ruth Horkan, Siobhan and Emile Gavin, who play for the Connaught Schools’ team in the CLGFCPPS Inter-provincial in Mullingar next Saturday, 25th.

The chub’s social will take place this year on March 1 in the Claregalway Hotel.  This promises to be a great night, as the club celebrates its two All-Ireland wins in the boys’ Feile and Intermediate Ladies in 2013.

Lackagh Comhaltas Success

Well done to all involved in the Comhaltas Mummers’ concert last weekend.  It was highly entertaining and wonderful to see such young talent in the community.  Lackagh Mummers presented two wonderful performances to packed houses at Turloughmore Social Centre.  The demand for tickets for the Saturday night show was so great that the group decided to arrange a second concert for the Sunday afternoon, which also brought in a packed house.  The hall was filled to capacity on both occasions, which is a tribute to the hard work that is carried out in traditional music in the area.  A huge thank you to all who performed and assisted during the course of the weekend and those who helped in making the event such a success.

The week before, The Lackagh Mummers captured many awards at the annual New Inn Festival, this year taking the top award in the senior and juvenile sections. There are almost two hundred young musicians involved in traditional music in the area, which is a huge tribute to the leadership and work carried out by a small handful of people.  It has taken a tremendous effort to get the group to this stage and the mentors and parents involved deserve tremendous appreciation and acknowledgement for the work that they do on an ongoing basis.  It is widely acknowledged that this success has come over many years from the initial work carried out by former Lackagh National School principal Joe Collins, who teamed up with the late Denny Costello and Jim O’Brien in the promotion of traditional music in the area.  Joe Collins can be rightly proud of his achievements and the fruits of his labours have brought Lackagh up among the top areas in the county in traditional music.  Well done to all concerned in providing the people of the area with two wonderful outings of top-class entertainment.

Also, best of luck to our Scor na nOg instrumental music group, who are performing at the Connacht Scor in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar this Saturday.  The group members are Amy Murphy, Ava Quirke, Dan Knoop, Eoghan Gallagher and Laurie Moran.

Reform Conference will generate Ideas for Jobs and Growth in Galway.

Reform Conference will generate Ideas for Jobs and Growth in Galway: Healy Eames

January 22nd, 2014,
The Reform Alliance, which includes Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, Denis Naughten TD and 5 other Members of the Oireachtas are hosting a public Reform Conference in the RDS on Saturday the 25th of January 2014.

Speaking in advance of the event, Senator Eames said the conference hopes to create ideas for job creation in Galway and around Ireland.

“As well as the over 900 people who have registered to attend the conference, 350 members of the public have already submitted ideas for growing the economy and creating jobs. This conference is focussed on Politics, Health and the Economy but at its heart it is about building ideas to create a better society that will provide people with long-term sustainable jobs.”

“The Taoiseach talks about making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. What we are focussed on is making Ireland the best country in the world in which to build a small business.”

“A little known fact is that just 10% of all people employed in Ireland are employed by foreign multinational investors whereas over 60% of the country work in small businesses. In 2012,  859 jobs were created by foreign multinationals in Galway. These are all welcome jobs, and we need to sustain foreign investment, but we also need to do much more to help small businesses survive and grow. The reality is Small Business growth is the only way in which we can quickly get the over 10,000 Galwegians off the live register and working in full time employment”

“Reducing PRSI for employers is one ‘Reform’ that could be introduced, but also giving a safety net through social welfare for the self-employed is another Reform that could encourage people to have the courage to risk starting their own business.”

“All of us in the last 5 years have friends and family members who have left Galway either to look for a job in Dublin or have gone abroad completely. There is no great American knight going to fly into Galway and create thousands of jobs. We need to do this ourselves and create an environment that will encourage people to start a small business and invest in their businesses.”

“The banks have a huge role to play in this environment and we can’t simply allow them to make more profits through lending into the rising Dublin housing market while many businesses in Galway remain over indebted and underinvested.”

“Recent statistics from the Department of Finance show that just 25% of Small Businesses are looking for a loan but that is a problem in itself. We have to ask, why are small businesses not looking to invest in their business? In most cases from businesses I meet in Galway they have too much debt and the banks are not doing enough to write off some of that debt that relates to boom time property mistakes rather than the actual business itself”.

“Another Reform that has come from the members of the public has included giving a much greater role to Enterprise Ireland in our banks’ lending to small businesses. Enterprise Ireland is a quango worth saving and they have a strong record in lending to exporting businesses and growing those businesses. Giving them a greater role in the banks that we own would push the banks away from looking for quick gains in property and focussed on small businesses that will create jobs.”

“Our aim is to build an arsenal of Reform ideas from this national conference in Dublin on Saturday, the 25th of January, and go back to our constituencies and host smaller regional meetings to build on implementing these ideas and putting them on the agenda in the Dáil and Seanad. ”
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About the Conference

Despite some of the media depictions drawing parallels to Daniel O’Connell’s famous “Monster Meetings”, or that this is an Ard Fheis style meeting precipitating the launch of a new party, neither of these representations are accurate.

The Seven Members of the Reform Alliance, Denis Naughten TD, Billy Timmins TD, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, Terence Flanagan TD, Paul Matthews TD and Senator Paul Bradford and Lucinda Creighton TD are sponsoring the conference, but it is the audience and the panel participants who will be playing the starring roles.

The first step is to try and reach out to the Irish people who have something to say and show them that their ideas and experience are not just welcome, but necessary. This will be an open forum, where everyone is welcome and where we are genuinely interested in hearing strong reform ideas in the area of politics, health and the economy.

You can register for the event @ https://tito.io/exsite/reform-conference . Currently over 800 people have registered to attend including at least over 100 third level students or members of academia.

The aim of the conference is to be as inclusive as possible and promote as many reforms as possible, so we are asking panellists to keep to a strict timeline to ensure that both members of the audience as well as contributors can have a good amount of time to speak.

We are requesting that each panellist would present 2 specific reforms and be given 5 minutes to present both reforms and then it will be thrown to the floor where we are asking members of the audience to present their own reforms, with a 2 minute speaking time limit.

Programme


Conference Agenda
Politics – 10.00am – 11.30am


Chairperson: Tom McGuirk – Broadcaster, Journalist and Political Commentator

Speakers:

o Olivia O’Leary – Broadcaster, commentator
o Philip Blond – Author, philosopher, advisor to David Cameron
o Dr. Jane Suiter – Political Scientist Dublin City University

Coffee Break 11:30am – 12:00noon


Health 12.00 – 1.30pm


Chairperson: June Shannon – Irish Medical Independent

Andrew Murphy – CEO Slainte Healthcare
Dr. Ed Walsh – Founding President of University of Limerick, Principle of Oakhampton Consultants
Dr. Pat Doorley, Director National Population Health
Dr Jimmy Sheehan – Surgeon, Co-founder of the Blackrock, Galway and Hermitage Clinics 

Lunch Break 1.30pm-2.30pm


Economy – 2.30pm – 4.00pm


Chairperson: David McWilliams – Economist, Author and Public Commentator

Speakers:

Eddie Molloy – Management development specialist
Alison Cowzer – MD of The Company of Food, Chair of the HBan Angel Investment Food Syndicate
Brian Caulfield – Entrepreneur, Angel Investor in the tech sector.

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Look Around You – Ronan Scully

Our minds have a capacity to notice the unusual.  However, the opposite is true as well.  The more often we see the things around us, even the beautiful things, the more they become invisible to us.  That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world – the flowers, the trees, the sea, the birds, the clouds  - even those we love.  Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.  Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders of this world as though seeing them for the first time.

Look around you.  Notice the people you care about.  Notice the fragrance of the flowers and the songs of  the birds.  Notice and give thanks for the blue of the sky, the colour of the leaves, and the white of the clouds.  Enjoy every sight, every smell, every taste and every sound.  When we open our eyes and give thanks for the bountiful beauty of this life, we live in thanksgiving daily.  As usual, a story will help

The Blind Boy

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which read: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.  A man was walking by.  He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them in.  He then took the sign and wrote some words.  He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up, as more people were giving money.  That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came by again to see how things were.  The boy recognised his footsteps and asked , “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?”

“I was,” the man answered.

“What did you write?”

“I wrote the truth.  I just said it in a different way,” the man said.

What he wrote was this: “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.”

Do you think the first sign and second sign were saying the same thing?  Of course, both signs told people the boy was blind.  But the first sign simply said the boy was blind.  The second sign told people they were lucky that they were not blind.

Thought for the week

As your thought for the week, always be thankful for what you have.  Be creative.  Be innovative.  Think differently and positively.  Live lift with no excused and love with no regrets.  Face your past without regret.  Handle your present with confidence.

Prepare for the future without feat.  And do the best you can.  No matter what you do in life, always care and love genuinely and honestly as much as you can.

P.S. The Cairde Ciarral Table Quiz for Galway Hospice takes place on Tuesday 28 January in the Salthill Hotel at 8.30pm.  It’s a great cause and should be a great night.   

The Goal of Life – By Ronan Scully

I was out running recently around a few hurling pitches that are close to my home, getting back into my Operation Transformation mode.  While running, my mind wandered back to my hurling playing days at secondary school, I remembered a life changing incident for a poor friend of mine, let’s call him Gary.

It happened during a secondary school hurling match.  Gary latched upon a loose ball around the middle of the field and rose it with his hurl.  With a sudden burst of speed, he made a beeline toward the goal posts.

The crowd were shouting loudly and his team mates were screaming frantically.  This seemed to give Gary the added zest.  He dashed past the 45 metre line and walloped the ball over the bar for a wonderful point!

When the sliothar hit the ground after going over the bar, Gary discovered that he had run the wrong way and that he had scored for the wrong team.  This was one for the books and one he would never live down.

But is this mistake something peculiar to Gary? Aren’t there a lot of us running in the wrong direction?  Scoring for the wrong team? We hear the crows and we associate the shouting with something.  We interpret this as approval and put new energy into our blissful stupidity of running the wrong way, scoring for the wrong side.

Let’s stop right now and take a look around us.  Where are we headed? We have to be going somewhere.  We have to have some kind of goal because that is the way we are made.

Functionally, people are somewhat like a bicycle.  A bicycle maintains its balance and equilibrium as long as it is moving toward something.  Likewise, if we lack personal goals, we lose our balance and sense of direction.  This is why in this game of life, we have to bring things into focus and determine what our goal is.  Where do we really want to go? If we are just running, we are apt to expend a great deal of energy with nothing to show for our pains in unwholesome pursuits. There is wisdom in the saying, ‘Look before you leap’.

The Alphabet Goal of Life….

A – Avoid negative sources, thoughts, people.

B – Believe in yourself.

Ce – Consider things from all angles.

D – Don’t give up or give in.

E – Enjoy Life today.  Tomorrow may not come.

F – Family and Friends are Hidden Treasures. A gift of God to you.

G – Give more than you planned to give.

H – Hang on to your Dreams.

I – Ignore those who discourage you.

J – Just Do it!

K – Keep doing no matter how hard it seems! It will become easier.

L – Love yourself first and most.

M – Make it happen.

N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always strike a fair deal.

O – Own up to your mistakes.

P – Practise makes you perfect.

Q – Quitters never win and winners never quit.

R – Read, study and learn everything important in your life.

S – Stop procrastinating.

T – Take control of your destiny.

U – Understand yourself better to understand others.

V -Visualize it! 

W – Want it more than anything.

X – Xcellerate your efforts.

Y – You are unique. Nothing can replace you.

Z – Zero in on your Goal and go for it.

Thought for the week

As your thought for the week, may you always feel the loving presence of those who hold you in their thoughts and prayers. May your spirit find what it needs to sustain you in your quest for your goal in life and may you discover you inner strength and face all difficulties with dignity and grace.

Claregalway students scoop sporting success at BT Young Scientist

By Jacqueline HoggeThe Tuam Herald

CLAREGALWAY is celebrating its inaugural lparticipation in the BT Young Scientist competition with a group of students claiming two prestigious awards at the RDS over the weekend.

First year students Darragh Jordan, Conor Finnerty and Sean Mitchell claimed the Special GAA award for their Kill/Tech project that is centred on removing the controversy associated with contentious refereeing decisions in handball.

The KillTech project is based around the prototype of a laser beam system that is built into a handball court to detect the precise location of the hop of a ball to determine whether or not a point has been scored.

The boys also came second in the junior section of the technology category in the four-day event. where representatives from the Patents Office showed interest in their project.

Teacher Eleanor Nolan said it had been an incredible week for the school and the boys had represented Claregalway with distinction and pride.

“Initially I thought it might be too soon for us to compete at that level given that we are only up and running as a school since September and the lads are so young, but this has been an incredible experience for us all and the support from the school has been tremendous,” she said.

“It was a huge learning curve not only for the lads but myself too as this was my first time being involved in the Young Scientist competition and it’s given us all great confidence and encouragement to apply for next year’s event with this group and other students in the school.”

Darragh, Connor and Sean received a cash prize of €225 for their second place in their group and will also be treated to a skyline tour of Croke Park as part of their GAA award.

“We got really good feedback from those who visited the stand over the four days including the hurler Richie Power and the Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey who were really interested, as Richie plays handball himself,” said Darragh.

“The people from the Patents Office told us our concept definitely had potential and encouraged us to keep researching methods and to come back to them once we’ve cross checked all other patents that apply to similar devices.”

Other high profile visitors to the boys’ stand over the four days included RTE presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and MEP Marian Harkin.

Another Claregalway College student who impressed at the RDS was Daniel Broderick, whose study on the effects of food and water consumption on the quantity and quality of eggs laid by hens narrowly missed out on an award.

“The experience of being up in the RDS competing at this level was amazing and it certainly left me wanting to enter the competition again,” he said.

“To have been one of the 550 projects chosen from over 4,000 entries to this year’s competition was a great achievement and something I’m proud of, even if I was disappointed not to come away with a prize.”

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