GALWAY’S senior camogie team produced a fighting finish last Saturday but still found themselves coming up short at the final whistle as Kilkenny booked a third consecutive All-Ireland final appearance.
For the Tribeswomen, it was a devastating blow against the below-par Noresiders who hit a purple patch with 1-3 unanswered in the final quarter at Semple Stadium.
Cathal Murray’s charges will rue missed chances themselves as they never fully gelled over the hour even if a couple of refereeing decisions went against them. Rebecca Hennelly struck a late penalty to leave them just three behind but they couldn’t engineer another major threat to steal a draw.
The talk beforehand was about Kilkenny centre back Ann Dalton and their sweeper system. Galway did attack the number six with Caitriona Cormican giving the St. Lactain’s player little room to manoeuvre.
However, Galway didn’t fully commit to attack opting to play their spare player (Tara Kenny) in their own back six. It succeeded in limiting the Leinster side sufficient space but it also curtailed their own attack.
After good work from Lorraine Ryan, who set the first half’s tempo, and Noreen Coen, the latter won a free which Carrie Dolan converted on two minutes before Denise Gaule levelled three minutes later.
Even though she finished her side’s top scorer, Gaule was having an off day with the placed balls and missed three decent chances in the first half. However, her second on 12 minutes was followed by a Michelle Quilty point giving Kilkenny a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage on 17 minutes.
Just four scores in the opening quarter, while testament to both defences’ perseverance, was also a poor indictment on the respective attacks that weren’t seizing the opportunities on the big occasion. Kilkenny threatened to goal twice through Katie Power and Quilty.
Galway also had their moments up front but referee Ray Kelly gave poor calls against the maroon and white. While Aoife Donohue should have had a foul before half-time, the decision to penalise Ailish O’Reilly for overcarrying after she was victim to a high challenge was baffling.
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
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.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
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.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
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