The ORVC Weekly Report for August 26-31.Players/Performers of the Week.Volleyball: Shelbie Huffmeyer-Jac-Cen-Del.Girls Cross Country: Bella Gramaglia-South Ripley.Boys Cross Country: Austin Allen-South Ripley.Soccer: Coleman Jackson-Southwestern.ORVC Report (August 26-August 31)The ORVC Weekly Report for September 2-7.Players/Performers of the Week.Volleyball: Kelsi Konkle-Switzerland County.Girls Cross Country: Kayla Bowling-Jac-Cen-Del.Boys Cross Country: Austin Allen-South Ripley.Soccer: Coleman Jackson-Southwestern.ORVC Report (September 2-7)Submitted by Travis Calvert-ORVC Sports.
Pensioners from Donegal and other parts of rural Ireland will feature in a Primetime Special on RTE television tonight. Miriam O’Callaghan reports on Rural Isolation in a special entitled “No Country for Old Men,” which will be broadcast at 9.35pm on RTE One.Over the past few weeks, leading up to Christmas, Prime Time’s Miriam O’Callaghan travelled north and south speaking to some of the country’s bachelor farmers and older men living alone and in rural isolation. The team see behind the doors of Kerry and Donegal, meeting Mossie Foley, Barney Byrne and “Packie Jim of the Mountain.”Some of the men are part of a particularly Irish phenomenon, a generation that experienced the lowest marriage rates in history.In the 1950’s about a third of men never married. According to the CSO, the propensity to remain single “was most pronounced for rural males aged 35-44. Just over half this group was single in 1946, compared to 1 in 5 some fifty years later”.Often these men stayed on the family farm, taking care of the land and elderly parents. Miriam O’Callaghan met Seventy Seven year old Mossie Foley from South Kerry who reminisces about a time when his area was more filled with neighbours and school children, to “Packie Jim of the Mountain,” who still lives in the house he was born in 80 years ago – remarkably, he still has no running water or electricity.Miriam also met Barney Byrne, a widower, who explains how he spends his days in the country, living alone after his wife and adult son passed away. The challenges posed by a lack 0of rural transportation, needing home help and loneliness are never far away.“It really was a privilege for me that these men let us into their homes and into their lives,” said Miriam.“Theirs is a testimony to a changing society – one that involves exodus from country and the challenges of sustaining a happy and healthy life while struggling with the issues of rural transportation, home help and fear of living alone.”LONELY LIFE OF DONEGAL PENSIONERS TO FEATURE ON RTE SPECIAL TONIGHT was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalpensionersPrimetime SpecialRTE