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Back on her feet

Judy Murphy

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Patricia Glynn during a course with Assumpta Glynn and behind Mary Hernon and Nuala Lavelle.

Dance teacher Patricia Glynn has proved a pioneer in her field and not even a kidney transplant has halted her determination to help people explore and develop their creativity on the dancefloor. Judy Murphy tells her story.

Patricia Glynn has never been afraid to break new ground, something she began in the early 1970s when she became the first pupil from Galway City’s Mercy School to train as a PE teacher.

Later ‘firsts’ for the city woman included becoming the first teacher in Ireland to be awarded an Arts Council grant to study dance abroad so that she could return home and develop Dance in Education. That was in 1980.

Later, Patricia who suffered kidney failure in 2007, became the first person to avail of a new home-dialysis programme here in Galway between 2009-10.

In between, she completed a Masters in Dance at New York University, having received a second Arts Council grant as well as a Fulbright Scholarship. And there was a stint in London, working as a senior trainer with the National Health Service in the early 2000s.

Now, as Galway City Dance Artist in Residence, Patricia’s projects including developing a new company for people aged 50+, something she began last year, driven by a desire to allow people to explore and develop their creativity throughout life. Not to mention staying healthy and having fun, she adds.

Patricia’s involvement with the arts began in her childhood home in Renmore, a house steeped in music, dance, and storytelling.

Her mother Lucy was originally from Fiddaun, near Shanaglish in South Galway whose father “lilted for set-dancers and played spoons. For her whole life, my mother loved music”, Patricia recalls.

Lucy ran a B&B where visitors were treated to treats such as homemade apple tarts, accompanied by concerts from the Glynn children. Patricia’s father, John, was from Kiltullagh, Oranmore, and an accordion player who used to play for set-dancers at Carnmore Cross.

“People used to call us the von Trapps,” she says with a laugh, referring to the family in the Sound of Music. She and her siblings had their own roles; dancing, playing instruments and singing, as well as comedy.

“There was complete respect for creativity,” she recalls. The Glynns operated ‘the Noble Call’, where a person would dance, sing or say a poem, and then would invite someone else to follow suit. That way, “the visitors would teach us their songs and we’d teach them ours”.

Patricia’s mother, who was from a farming background, got a scholarship to secondary school and then became a nurse in the Regional Hospital, so there was an ethos in their house of “do the best you can”.

Patricia followed that philosophy and, as a student in the City’s Mercy Secondary School, entered uncharted water by opting to become a PE teacher.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

Denise McNamara

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

Denise McNamara

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

Dave O'Connell

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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