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Ballinasloe all geared up for its 179th show

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An impressive facility: The Ballinasloe Showgrounds encompassing the sand and grass arenas under the floodlights. PHOTO: GERRY STRONGE.

BALLINASLOE Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd  will host their 179th Agricultural Show in the local Showgrounds on Sunday, September 23,  starting at 11am.

Horse classes: Young Horses to be Shown in Hand; Riding Horses; Brood Mares and Foals; Registered Connemaras; Champion Foal of the Show; Champion Brood Mare of the Show; Champion Pony of the Show; Champion Working Hunter and Working Hunter Ponies.

In the cattle section there are classes for Commercial Heifers and Commercial Bullocks with a new  area for showing cattle. In the sheep section there are classes for Best pair of Ewe Hoggets and Store Lambs. A very popular section is the Best young handler – cattle and sheep.

The Vegetable Growing Competition has sections for Heaviest Carrot, Largest Beetroot, Biggest Vegetable Marrow, Longest Bean, Most Unusual Vegetable, Ugliest Vegetable and Special Pumpkin class for school children. The Heaviest Cock and the Best 3 Duck Eggs feature in the poultry section.

There are 4 All-Ireland titles to be won: the All-Ireland Connemara Three-Year-old Filly and Mare of the Future; The Irish Draft Colt Foal Championship Final; The Irish Draught Filly Foal Championship and  the All-Ireland Champion Donkey Final. The final event of the day is the the Ballinasloe Donkey Derby.

Free parking is available adjacent to Ballinasloe Showgrounds on the Fairgreen and Childrens Entertainment is in the grounds. Chairman John Harney, who is a member of the Ballinasloe Show for over 60 years, said he was delighted that the Ballinasloe  Show would be one of the best he has seen put together in his 60 years as a member. He thanked all invovled for the huge effort. He added that now the showgrounds ran 4 shows a year and was open over 300 days a year for schooling. He said never in his wildest dreams did he think that  the Showgrounds would be so busy and such an integral part of the farming scene.Huge crowds and entries are expected and John Harney paid a special tribute to the local sponsors who had kept this famous agricultural show running for the last 179 years. To facilitate the huge amount of entries, the closing date has being extended until Tuesday, September 18th next.

Further information and entry forms can be got from www.ballinasloeshow.com or John Harney at 087-2105032 or Faye O’Connor at 085-8005577.

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

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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!

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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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