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Coaching course helps teens find their life path

Denise McNamara



Joe Delaney set up Career & Life Planning (CALP) in the last recession and has now developed a coaching course for young people called Success 4 Teens.

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When career and life coach Joe Delaney set about developing a course aimed at teenagers from his base in Loughrea, he could never have predicted he would have had such a captive audience.

The coaching industry is the second fastest growing sector in the world, worth an estimated $15 billion last year – much of it centred in the US.

While it doesn’t claim to diagnose or treat any condition, coaching aims to guide you to find your own solutions. The idea is that the tutor or coach picks apart your thoughts of where you are in life and helps to identify your life goals, helping to point out ways to get you to where you want to be.

Joe developed a coaching programme which he called ‘5 Steps to Success’, giving people the tools to “cope, adapt, improve, maintain and enjoy”.

“The framework allows people to cope better with everything that they are experiencing and adapt a different mindset or relationship to those thoughts.  From there, they will learn what they need to improve and maintain – that will get them closer to enjoyment in their personal and professional lives jointly,” he explains.

“We developed the company – called Career & Life Pltanning (CALP) – using this framework and we work with clients globally from our office in Loughrea supporting them to manage change and improve performance in work and home.

“Once this framework was proven and working well for people within the labour force, we began receiving requests from clients who had teens asking if there was a programme for teens.”

He had taken out a licence for a teen coaching course but found the content was very American so he adapted his programme to create Success 4 Teens, which is aimed at 13-19-year-olds

As the father of four – two of them teenage daughters – he knows that the hardest thing is to grab their attention.

And right now there has never been a more apt time for teens to sit down and assess their lives, process their feelings and chart a path forward, given they are unable to go to school or college, meet their friends, play sport or engage in their favourite activities.

The course is held over zoom on their phones, laptop or tablet for two hours on four consecutive Saturdays.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal




Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

Dara Bradley



Leona Paula ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

Dara Bradley



Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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