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Costello sparkles as Galway U20 footballers raise spirits

Stephen Glennon

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Galway 0-16

Mayo 0-10

A 10-point haul from their inside forward line — along with four points from man of the match Liam Costello — underlined the quality of a Galway U20 side that claimed a superb Connacht final victory over great rivals Mayo at Tuam Stadium last Wednesday evening.

If the large local crowd that arrived in Tuam was anything to judge, there was a real hunger for this one. It was understandable, given the gloom permeating throughout the county in the wake of the seniors’ defeat — and championship exit — to Mayo in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Added to this, Mayo had also turned over Donal O Fatharta’s minors in a hugely exciting provincial decider at Tuam Stadium — albeit, the young Tribesmen still have an All-Ireland quarter-final to look forward to — and, against such a backdrop, Galway supporters yearned to have something to cheer about.

In Tuam Stadium last Wednesday, they got their wish as Padraic Joyce’s charges submitted an assured and eye-catching performance that left a fancied Mayo side chasing shadows for much of the hour’s fare.

By half-time, a wind-assisted Galway had raced into a 0-10 to 0-4 lead following an untidy 30 minutes of football that was littered by errors from both sides. In many respects, it was a remarkable lead the Tribesmen had built up, given they lost the free count 14-7 — at one point it was 10-1 against — and they had coughed up possession cheaply on far too many occasions.

However, in Joyce and his selection committee of John Concannon, John Divilly and Liam Sammon, Galway had mentors who astutely managed their resources to great effect throughout the half. This included making two substitutions before the interval. Jack Glynn and Conor Newell were introduced and they made an immediate impact, with Newell kicking a super point with his first touch on 25 minutes.

This, no doubt, kept Galway focused on the task in hand and by the end of the opening period they had not only tightened up their game in terms of turnovers against, they also outscored Mayo five points to one in the final five minutes (plus injury-time) in the half.

To the fore, as he was in the semi-final triumph over Roscommon, was Milltown dynamo Liam Costello. An all-action figure, his speed and direct running from deep had Mayo at sixes and sevens. In the first half, he kicked three sublime points — four in all over the hour — and he really set the tone from a Galway perspective.

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

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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 www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in 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

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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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