GALWAY senior footballers begin the defence of their Connacht SFC title with what should be a routine quarter-final championship clash against London in Ruislip on Sunday (3pm).
If the teams’ respective National League campaigns are anything to go by, this should be a cakewalk for Galway. The Tribesmen were not far away from reaching the National League Division 1 final while London’s Division 4 form was atrocious as they finished rooted to the bottom of the table.
Of course, National League is not championship and London may look to previous Connacht championship outings to find their inspiration. In 2013, the Exiles defeated Sligo, 1-12 to 0-14, at the same stage of the competition before they saw off Leitrim, 2-11 to 1-13, in the Connacht semi-final.
However, when London met Mayo in the Connacht decider, they were annihilated 5-11 to 0-10. They suffered a similar fate a year on when they hosted Galway in the quarter-final in Ruislip; this time, Galway outgunned them 3-17 to 0-7. Shane Walsh, Micheal Martin and Danny Cummins were the victors’ goalscorers.
It is difficult to envisage anything other than the same outcome this Sunday, despite Galway’s on-going injury woes. Declan Kyne, Cillian McDaid, Ciaran Duggan and Peter Cooke are not expected to make their return to action until the end of May while Adrian Varley, Paul Conroy and captain Damien Comer are pencilled in to return in mid-June.
That said, Galway operated without many of these players throughout the National League and still they defeated Cavan, Monaghan, Mayo and Roscommon and came within a kick of the ball of beating Kerry at Tuam Stadium.
To this end, Shane Walsh led the lines extremely well, tallying 0-26 (0-18 frees), while a reinvigorated Danny Cummins and Johnny Heaney finished their campaigns with 4-4 (0-1 mark) and 1-10 respectively. One of the finds of the National League was An Spidéal’s Antaine Ó Laoi, who kicked 0-9 (0-3 frees).
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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team
Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.
The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.
Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.
Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.
“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.
It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.
“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”
She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.
“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.
There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.
Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968
As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.
From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.
When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.
A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.
Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later
Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man
Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.
Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.
He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.