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Claregalway secure senior status with battling win

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Claregalway’s Barry Goldrick who scored a goal and three points in their narrow senior football championship win over An Cheathrú Rua in Clonbur on Saturday.

Claregalway 3-12

An Cheathrú Rua 1-16

James Kent in Clonbur

AT first glance, there may have been little to play for in Clonbur on Saturday – neither Claregalway or An Cheathrú Rua could make the senior football quarter-finals – but the spectre of being dragged into the relegation play-offs still hung over both clubs.

There was also some eve-of-the-match drama as the fixture was taken out of Moycullen due to concerns over the venue coping with the demands of a double header, and instead was moved to this scenic setting in Joyce Country.

Ultimately, Claregalway had secured their senior status following an invigorating encounter, the match-defining period coming during a third quarter spell of dominance in which they hit An Cheathrú Rua for 1-6 without reply and left the Connemara side with far too steep a mountain to climb thereafter.

It’s a result which consolidates Claregalway’s place at the top table and on the evidence of their performances against Corofin, St James’, Cortoon Shamrocks and now An Cheathrú Rua, their young, emerging side looks well at home in their first season back at the top level and appear primed to grow and develop further in the next few years.

For An Cheathrú Rua, a third consecutive loss of the campaign means it’s now all about survival but a win over Tuam Stars next time out would save them from the dreaded relegation group phase where half of the six remaining clubs will drop to intermediate grade next year.

The south Connemara club played some excellent football themselves in spells, scored 17 times and in Oisín Ó Gríofa had a finisher at the top of his game, both from frees and open play.

The former Galway U-21 panellist is a powerful presence at the top of An Cheathrú Rua’s attack and an accomplished finisher as a return of 1-8 over the hour underlined.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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

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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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