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Another loss but outlook is lot more positive for Connacht

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Connacht hooker Tom McCartney who scored their try in Saturday's Pro14 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill.

Ulster 16

Connacht 8

IT is hard to credit the mood around Connacht right now. There’s certainly optimism around the group and an air of defiance too. They might have only managed one point from their last two matches, but there is no denying that they turned a corner in terms of performance levels and discipline. After the low of the Cardiff home defeat, the future was looking a little more positive as the Connacht bus drove out of Belfast on Friday night.

One win from six is still the cold reality of the season so far but, in that regard, the real damage was done in September. These past two games, in Ulster and before that in Llanelli, were about knuckling down and beginning the recovery of this campaign. Victories were always highly unlikely away to two of the league’s leading sides, but it would be churlish to ignore how close they came to winning both of these daunting fixtures.

Ulster weren’t in top form by any means here, fresh off a loss to Zebre in Parma they looked nervous and out of kilter at times. That certainly played a part in Connacht being so competitive, in fact, had the home side finished off even one of their two golden opportunities for tries early on, the victory might have been achieved with a lot less fuss.

As it was however, Connacht stayed in touch during a tricky first half hour thanks to a an ever improving defensive effort, a rock solid lineout and a scrum that was dominant. Bit by bit they grew in confidence and by half time they were ahead off the back of a Tom McCartney try which came at the end of a scintillating period of attacking play that saw Bundee Aki heavily involved along with a host of backs and forwards.

The second half started at breakneck speed with the crowd on edge and the lead changing hands right up until the defining moment of the contest in the 56th minute. A searing break from Connacht from their own 22 saw Jarred Butler and Steve Crosbie combine to release Matt Healy. The winger made 40 metres but elected to chip over Charles Piutau when the pass was on, it was a costly error that led to a try at the other end.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway

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Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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