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Comer is eager for Galway to fly out of the blocks

Stephen Glennon

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Galway's Damien Comer who is anxious that the Tribesmen make a championship statement of intent against London on Sunday.

FIVE years after making his championship debut in a 19-point drubbing of London, Galway captain Damien Comer is hoping the Tribesmen can produce a similar performance in their opening defence of their Connacht SFC title.

Comer, who is not expected to return to competitive action until mid-June following a foot operation, got his first taste of championship action against London in Ruislip in 2014. The Annaghdown juggernaut was introduced in the 51st minute for Corofin’s Micheal Lundy in the 3-17 to 0-7 win.

Galway were wary going into that fixture five years ago. The previous season, London had defeated Sligo at home before seeing off Leitrim in the provincial semi-final. In the Connacht decider, however, Mayo were not as forgiving, beating the Exiles 5-11 to 0-10.

London found Galway in a similar vein of form in 2014. After just six minutes, Micheal Martin had 1-2 on the board. The contest was over at half-time — London had just two points to show for their efforts — and manager Alan Mulholland could afford to empty his bench, which he duly did.

“Yeah, we got a couple of early goals which would have settled everything,” recalled Comer. “There is always that doubt and you have to go straight for it. They are going to be targeting the game; they are going to be training hard for it. It is a big occasion for London and the teams that go over.

“It is their day. They want a bit of success or a bit of a story out of it. So, we have to be well prepared for it. If we are prepared, we shouldn’t have any problems but you never know. It all comes down to the day and, hopefully, we will get the result.”

In theory, Galway should win this one pulling up. The Tribesmen were just a couple of kicks away from claiming a place in the National League Division 1 final where as London finished their Division 4 league campaign bottom of the table.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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City Council’s conference call ‘eavesdropper’

Dara Bradley

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Galway City Council, like the rest of us, is adapting to the new reality of life under Covid-19 restrictions.

There haven’t been any face-to-face City Council meetings, be they full meetings or committee meetings, since the crisis really hit.

But that doesn’t mean elected members and management are twiddling their thumbs. Far from it – they’re busier than ever, just a different sort of busy.

Last Wednesday evening, city councillors held a conference call with Chief Executive Brendan McGrath.

Members of his management team were also involved in the meeting, which was conducted using technology that allows people to ‘attend’ a meeting online from the comfort of their own homes.

Each member is invited to the virtual meeting through a link sent to their email account. They click into this and then they are ‘in’ the meeting and can speak and see the others, also attending remotely.

A reliable deep-throat who participated in Wednesday’s chat informs us that the meeting had to be stopped – at the behest of McGrath – and restarted, over fears someone was eavesdropping.

The suspicion is that the link to join the meeting was sent to someone it shouldn’t have been, and this person attempted to listen in.

“Brendan halted the meeting and we had to hang up and start again because a mystery man was listening-in on the teleconference. It was hacked but Brendan has the number and can find out who it was,” said one source.

If the standard of debate at the tele-conference was anything like some of the drivel you can get at some ordinary Council meetings, then the conference-blocked hacker didn’t miss much!

For more Bradley Bytes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune

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Salthill’s ‘Heart of Hope’ a beacon of light for frontline workers

Enda Cunningham

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A giant illuminated heart has been erected on the Big Wheel at Curry’s Funpark in Leisureland as a poignant symbol of hope and expression of gratitude for the country’s healthcare workers.

Last month, preparations got underway to set up the fun fair, but it became yet another casualty of Covid-19. Owner Owen Curry got to work on constructing a blue ‘Heart of Hope, An Croí Gorm’ with LED lights to attach to the 120-foot wheel overlooking the Prom.

Together with his crew, and respecting the rules of social distancing, he had the heart in place on the axle of the Big Wheel within a day.

“I wanted to do something, to say to the doctors, nurses, first responders, lab technicians and everybody working in the health service how grateful we are for their incredible dedication and courage in the current crisis.

“When the other lights on the Big Wheel are switched off, the heart emits a glow and appears to float in mid air over the Prom,” he said.

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ICU consultant reveals intensive planning ahead of peak Covid demand

Denise McNamara

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A consultant in critical care at Galway’s biggest hospital has assured the public that there is still significant capacity for very ill patients fighting Covid-19.

But to help University Hospital Galway best cope with the expected surge in numbers within the next two weeks, Consultant Intensivist John Bates has pleaded with the public to follow the strict public health guidelines about staying at home.

“There’s been a lot going on – a lot of retraining, a lot of redeployment, a lot of up-equipping. We normally have twelve ventilator beds and we’re up to 24 at this stage and have significant capacity. We’re working to get beyond that but we certainly have capacity at the moment,” he told the Galway City Tribune.

Asked if the hospital would be able to cope with the peak of the pandemic – tipped to hit in the next fortnight – he said there were no guarantees.

“It depends on the size of the surge. We can’t say for sure how big the surge will be. It’s a new disease and models of how it will go are different – in some we will be okay and others we will struggle,” Dr Bates said.

“The curve appears to be flattening. Dublin is starting to come under pressure accessing critical care beds. It’s likely we will at some stage here too. But we have good capacity at this stage.”

The number of healthcare workers who will likely be affected by the pandemic has been factored into the hospital’s readiness plans. In China, ten per cent of critical care staff were out of action while in Italy it has reached 20 per cent.

Despite the high risks facing hospital staff, Dr Bates believes morale at UHG is good.

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