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Living in the countryside with Francis Farragher

I’m probably the last person in the world who should give any advice or tips on how much news we need to absorb on a daily basis. After all, I’ve been in a paid job for many decades at this point playing my little role in verifying local stories which hopefully play their part in the public by shelling out a few dollars each week. to keep in touch.

A new overdose, however, must come with a health warning. A few weeks ago, as the history of the Taliban / Afghanistan began to dominate all the headlines and the TV / radio space, I listened to the first half hour of RTE’s one hour newspaper.

Now don’t get me wrong, RTE provides a comprehensive and reliable information network, always useful to get a clear idea of ​​what is going on in the world around us.

But after an uninterrupted barrage of 25-minute analyzes from Afghanistan, I had just had enough. All I wanted to hear at the time was maybe something of a more local or lighter vein.

Perhaps the bull that got lost in the fields of Westmeath; or Offaly’s gardener who grew giant turnips; or a Sligo retiree who ran a marathon back. Anything that has a more local or lighter interest. . . but 25 uninterrupted minutes of the Taliban and Afghanistan had almost left me in a slightly disturbing state of mental anguish.

It was probably the same with the coverage of Covid-19, which none of us can afford to ignore, but yet we don’t have to fill every waking moment with the latest statistics, the terrible warnings. day of the impending disaster, and the feeling that we are all doomed.

Gradually, you can fall into a pessimistic mental approach, and during this lunchtime newscast as I was chasing the Tuam road, I kind of thought to myself what can I do to stop the Taliban from going. take control of Afghanistan. Okay, so I should be aware of these things, but if all the billions and the military in the United States couldn’t fix this, what good is a journalist and a two-bit little farmer worrying about the situation.

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