DD Motoring: A journey from Glenswilly to Galway

first_imgIn the middle of the flit from one dwelling to another, Mollie climbed into the back of the van with thoughts of also joining the migration south for the winter.The eight-year-old collie has watched this annual packing on a Sunday afternoon all her short life.All onboard. Mollie trying to slip on board for the trip to Galway for in the incoming college term. Photo Brian McDaid.By now she can sense when a new college term is about to begin as students start rummaging around the shed looking for bicycle pumps or combination locks or even a complete bike for the loan of for the winter! Advertisement My old Raleigh bike is still going wellIt’s now four years older than the latest person to take alone of it for their college term in Galway.At the weekend it needed nothing other than its chain oiled and some air in the tyres and treated to two mudguards from Letterkenny bikes and it was on its way to Galway as a third-year students mode of transport for the incoming term.Purchased in 1996 from a Kerryman the late Tim Foley, who ran his business Church Street cycles from what now is known as Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter. Advertisement Years of gears. The old gears still working well on the 25-year-old bike. Photo Brian McDaid.My first new bike, an aluminium Raleigh mountain bike was going to be the answer to beat the hills in Letterkenny and also in the process try and get me a bit fitter and less fat.And at the start, it was a great achievement for me to cycle out past Conwal against the wind and get as far as Glenswilly.SantaAt Christmas, a few ‘go-faster’ accessories from Santa in America, and the bike was back on the road and the new year resolution was back on track.A proud crest from a different era on the Raleigh bike which made the trip to Galway this week. Photo Brian McDaid.Altered with new American road tyres from “Santa”, which replaced the rough mountain tyres that came with the bike, it was a lot easier on the road, but it wasn’t long until the old excuses for not going out were creeping back in and the bike soon spent more time high on the garage wall than on the high roads out the Glen. International connectionsOver the years the bike was used more by the many generations of swallows that flew all the way up from Africa to start a family in our shed in Glencar, and them newly hatched chicks spent more time on the crossbar of that Raleigh bike than the owner as they used it as a launchpad to learn to fly for the first time.Park between the cooker and the washing machine the new home for an old bike in Galway. Photo Brian McDaid.And it was the same for the human fledgelings who started on the stabilisers in and out the ramp at the shed door and progressed to “cool”, status, one of them even getting their bike resprayed in Subaru Blue in an era when they were big fans of Colin McCrea.Colour is not that important anymore as longs it goes. The old Raleigh is on its second tour of duty something that most second-hand bikes don’t survive, between crashing up onto kerbs to lying out in a Galweg in winter of wet wet wet. TakeawayIts old combination lock even bears the teeth marks of a pair of bolt cutters that were making their way through the plastic covering and the steel inside before the bicycle snatcher’s progress was disturbed.Back in the dayI was chatting to my uncle Hughie this week and bikes came up in the conversation.I was telling him about the deal I got on the mudguards for €15 each, he smiled and paused, he told me that his first new bike cost him £15 and ten shillings which he bought from Phil Doherty at his garage in Pluck.He then bought a three-speed hub and had it built into the rear wheel, which was a hard job to do and still end up with a true wheel.Hugh McDaid on the right of this photo who purchased his first bike for all of £15 and Ten shillings back in the day pictured with his brother, my father Fred and their best friend Hughie McGuigan.£15 was big money back then my uncle reminded me, It was three or four weeks wages.So this week our bike, has replaced the destination Glenswilly to that of Galway.Tyres from Thailand on our Raleigh Bike in Galway.And even though it hasn’t turned a wheel much for the owner it has more travelling history than Sir Walter Raleigh.It will make is home outside the digs along the Spanish arches in Galway, complete with Boston bonus accessories, swallow scrapes from Africa, tyres from Thailand, and a small history of one Donegal family.Happy motoring FolksDD Motoring: A journey from Glenswilly to Galway was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gonsalves goes the distance twice, Mack rolls

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves threw a pair of complete-game wins, Lexi White had five hits on the day and Olivia Alves, four, and the McKinleyville High softball team secured a 3-game series sweep over Arcata with a pair of wins, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Gonsalves struck out a total of 10 batters and allowed a total of 10 hits, five of each in both games, to guide McKinleyville to an 8-3 win in game one and a 5-1 win in game two.With Saturday’s wins McKinleyville stays perfect on the …last_img

Giants can’t measure up against Dodgers, Bochy’s farewell all that’s left

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing this gallery in your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — There go the Los Angeles Dodgers, barreling toward the postseason on the heels of securing their seventh straight National League West crown.There go the San Francisco Giants, reminding Bruce Bochy of why he made his decision to retire in the first place.In their penultimate meeting of the regular season on Saturday, the Dodgers and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu silenced the Giants and an underachieving …last_img

Darwin Stars at the Galaxy, by Universal Pictures

first_imgA press release from the European Southern Observatory asks, “Do Galaxies Follow Darwinian Evolution?”  One may wonder how stars, which do not bear children, can be considered progeny of Charles Darwin.  They explain:The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate is a hot topic in human psychology.  But astronomers too face similar conundrums, in particular when trying to solve a problem that goes to the very heart of cosmological theories: are the galaxies we see today simply the product of the primordial conditions in which they formed, or did experiences in the past change the path of their evolution?The ESO carried out a survey of 6,500 galaxies that they claim gives a 3-D picture of how galaxies evolved over 9 billion years.  The article says nothing about natural selection or survival of the fittest, but just invokes in the E word that made Darwin famous:This new census reveals a surprising result.  The colour-density relation, that describes the relationship between the properties of a galaxy and its environment, was markedly different 7 billion years ago.  The astronomers thus found that the galaxies’ luminosity, their initial genetic properties, and the environments they reside in have a profound impact on their evolution.One of the astronomers also said the study suggests that “galaxies as we see them today are the product of their inherent genetic information, evolved over time, as well as complex interactions with their environments, such as mergers.”  The E word or its derivatives were used 11 times in the short release, ending with an analogy: “ just as for humans, galaxies’ relationship and interactions can have a profound impact on their evolution.”Good grief, stars have nothing to do with Darwinism.  No, they don’t have genes, and no, they don’t have nurturing parents.  The pure Darwinists are going to get mad for applying natural selection here, to say nothing of confusing it with the controversial notion of niche construction (06/09/2004).      It’s an equivocation fallacy to associate a galaxy’s physical change over time to the kind of evolutionary story Darwin was promoting.  What is this, some fawning attempt at name-dropping to score political points by granting further honors to Charles Augustus?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Two troopers of 18 Assam Rifles killed in Manipur blast

first_imgTwo troopers of 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six others injured in a bomb blast in Manipur’s Chandel district near the India-Myanmar border on Monday, sources in the police said.Suspected insurgents detonated a remote-controlled bomb on the roadside near the District Collectorate at 6 a.m. and Rifleman Indra Singh was killed on the spot, while Rifleman Sohalal died of his injuries within hours.The troopers, along with armed guards, were on their morning jog. Additional forces from neighbouring districts have been rushed to launch a massive combing operation.No outfit has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img