Tooreen (Mayo) 1-15
THIS Connacht intermediate club hurling final showdown may not fall under the heading of epic,. but what Oranmore/Maree and defending provincial champions Tooreen served up in this thoroughly entertaining decider in Athleague on Saturday was nothing short of absorbing from start to finish.
To synopsis, Oranmore/Maree started like a bullet train racing through Continental Europe before Tooreen uprooted the tracks to derail the Galway holders’ efforts. The fare was tough, physical and uncompromising and this was reflected in Tooreen being reduced to 13 men by the close of business.
And yet, despite their numerical advantage, Oranmore/Maree had it all to do against a driven Tooreen outfit that were only outscored by a single point in the second period. The hunger and will to win they showed was a credit to the 2017 Connacht champions’ commitment and ambition.
However, nothing should be taken from Oranmore/Maree who led from the outset of this contest. To the fore in this respect was Galway’s Niall Burke as he concluded the day with 1-10 to his name, 1-5 from play. Ross Malone, who was on fire in the opening half, and Alan Burke also contributed three points apiece while Sean McInerney hit two.
Indeed, where Tooreen, trained by Galway’s Nigel Shaughnessy, relied on the freetaking of Shane Boland and Sean Kenny, Oranmore/Maree were better at generating their scores from play, despite the Mayo champions deploying a sweeper – even when they went down to 14 men.
The crucial score from the victors’ point of view though was in first half-injury time when defender Alan Bannon found Malone and, while his shot for potentially his fourth point from play fell short, the in-rushing Niall Burke was on hand to flick the sliotar to the net to give his side a 1-9 to 0-8 interval lead.
Had that goal not manifested itself, it could have been a very different Oranmore/Maree dressing-room at half-time, particularly after they allowed a five-point eighth minute advantage to slip when Tooreen remarkably drew level at 0-8 apiece just before the break.
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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.”
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
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