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Conference flies flag for women in business

Denise McNamara



Carmen Taheny, BPW National President. The 16th European Conference will be hald in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Lifestyle – Some of Europe’s most influental women will gather in Galway this month for the European Conference of the Business and Professional Women’s Group. The organisation’s Irish president, Galwaywoman Carmen Taheny tells Denise McNamara what’s involved.

When Carmen Taheny attended the European conference of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) in Sorrento during her first tenure as President of the Irish organisation in 2012, it occurred to her that this was an event perfect for Galway.

“I said to myself, if the Italians can do it, why can’t we bring this home?” she recalls over coffee.

“Everything was an hour late – that’s not saying bad about the Italians – one of my daughters is married to one. But this was a way to really put the Irish BPW on the map and bring all these European women to Ireland.”

Back at home, Carmen worked with colleagues on a pitch that would persuade the organisation which boasts 30,000 members worldwide – 20,000 of them in Europe – to head for the most westerly isle in the Atlantic.

In November 2013 she went to Brussels making the bid on behalf of BPW Ireland, against competition from Paris, Estonia, Istanbul and Reykjavik.

“I remember thinking we’d never beat Paris. It was 2014 and I was sitting in the Meyrick Hotel sipping Champagne with a colleague who was about to get married when I got the call that we’d won. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

From May 24-26, more than 400 women from 30 countries will descend on Galway for the 16th European BPW Conference – the largest gathering of European women ever to meet in Ireland.

The conference’s theme is peace, focusing on people, education, ambition, communication and environment.

The impressive list of Irish and international speakers includes Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who stepped down as president of Malta last month following her appointment by parliament for five years. She will discuss the experience of refugees in Malta and the impact their mass arrival has had on that island nation.

The long-term parliamentarian turned what had been a largely ceremonial role into a more grassroots office, highlighting the plight of women suffering domestic violence, immigrants, people with disabilities and the issue of male suicide.

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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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