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City side Walzer in to last four after marathon tie

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Cathal Blake of Milltown is challenged by Andrew Butler and John Maher of Salthill Knocknacarra in the sides' quarter-final replay in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 3-13

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After extra-time

After two weekends, over 160 minutes of football, five goals and two sending offs, it was Salthill-Knocknacarra who finally bagged the final spot in the semi-finals of the Senior Football championship courtesy of a late Robert Walzer goal.

Just like a week earlier in Tuam Stadium, there was little to separate the two teams, but it took a point at the death from Sean Armstrong to bring the game to extra time before Walzer pounced on 77 minutes to set up a date with Mountbellew-Moylough next Sunday.

In a very open game of football that saw just eight of the 33 scores come from placed balls, the result never seemed predictable with no more than three points separating the sides across the 80 minutes of action and the teams drawing level on eight occasions.

Having home field advantage, it was the city side who came out of blocks faster, John Maher winning the throw-in and setting up Sean Armstrong for the game’s opening score after just 15 seconds.

Salthill were dominating possession early on but throughout the first-half would be punished for some poor shooting, hitting three wides inside the opening three minutes and finishing with an overall first-half tally of eight that stopped them ever going away from their opponents.

Going long from the kick-outs was resulting in Milltown losing possession time after time, but once they began reverting to short attempts and running at the former All-Ireland champions, they were seeing a much better return as a fine diagonal ball set up Eoin Mannion for their first score on six minutes.

While Milltown favoured running Anthony Finnerty’s side were more inclined to kick their way from A to B while Maher was helping to sweep up anything that went around the middle and quickly turn defence into attack in one killer pass.

His workrate set up two scores for Armstrong and Andrew Butler to regain the lead before another pinpoint pass gave Evan Murphy the space to run at Milltown, ducking and weaving his way around numerous challenges only for his low goal attempt to just drift wide.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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