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County champions get defence of title off to perfect start against Craughwell

Stephen Glennon

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Adrian Morrissey of Liam Mellows comes under pressure from Craughwell's Adrian Cullinane and Matthew Freaney during Sunday's senior hurling championship tie at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

REIGNING senior hurling champions Liam Mellows showed no signs of having a post county final or, indeed, All-Ireland series hangover when they dispatched of recent bogey team Craughwell with some aplomb at Kenny Park, Athenry last Sunday.

More often than not, county champions, particularly when coming off the back of a fairytale season, can find the outset of a new campaign an anti-climax but Liam Mellows showed none of these ill effects when outscoring Craughwell by eight points to two in the second half.

Another sub-plot to this SHC opener was that Craughwell have had the Indian sign over Liam Mellows in recent championships – no more so than last year when the only defeat Mellows suffered was to Craughwell in the group stages.

In any event, Liam Mellows played like a team anxious to rectify their recent poor record against Tom Helebert’s charges, with Adrian Morrissey very much to the fore in registering 13 points, 12 from frees, in the 0-17 to 0-11 victory. Michael Conneely and Sean Morrissey were equally as impressive at the back.

While this result puts Liam Mellows on the front foot in their title defence, 2017 semi-finalists Craughwell now have a big game against Kilnadeema/Leitrim in the second round the weekend after next.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim also lost their championship opener to St. Thomas’ on a 1-17 to 0-14 scoreline and a loss for them or Craughwell in the next game will leave the defeated side with much to ponder over the Summer months and ahead of their belated return to championship action in August or September.

In the other Group 1 Senior ‘A’ game, Castlegar and Tommy Larkins drew and this in itself is significant as both will feel they can cause an upset in the next round. Castlegar face age-old rivals Mellows in a derby game to be televised live on TG4 while Tommy Larkins will fancy their chances against a St. Thomas’ outfit they have a decent record against.

In the other Senior ‘A’ group, Loughrea, after a disappointing championship last year, secured a 0-15 to 0-12 win over Mullagh. Elsewhere, last year’s finalists Gort had a fine victory over 2017 semi-finalists Cappataggle with Richie Cummins and Aidan Helebert both shooting four points from play apiece in that tie.

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

 

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Inspectors from HIQA praise management of maternity unit at University Hospital

Denise McNamara

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The gynaecology theatre at UHG.

The maternity unit at University Hospital Galway has been given a clean bill of health by inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

The only ‘bone of contention’ concerned the lack of specialists ringfenced for the labour ward, where infrastructure was also found to be lacking.

The maternity unit was fully compliant with seven national standards and substantially compliant with a further three, with inspectors praising the department for having “a clearly defined and effective leadership, governance and management structure”.

“There was good oversight of the quality and safety of services by senior managers at the hospital who used multiple sources of information to identify opportunities for improvement.

“The hospital’s senior management team monitored performance data including patient outcomes, service user feedback and patient safety incidents and benchmarked its performance against other similar sized hospitals,” the report found.

Inspectors did find a limited number of areas that needed to be improved. They found there were an insufficient number of consultant anaesthesiologists at the hospital to provide a dedicated obstetric anaesthetic service, which needed to sufficiently resourced in line with national standards.

The anaesthetic service in the maternity unit was led by a consultant anaesthesiologist with specialist training in obstetric anaesthesia.

“However, the hospital did not have a designated obstetric anaesthetic service in line with national standards. The anaesthetic service was largely staffed by anaesthesiologists from the general anaesthesiology rota at the hospital.”

While an audit had found that times for an anaesthesiologist to attend the Maternity Unit were “timely”, inspectors had been informed that the anaesthetic team was not always informed about the level of urgency when contacted to attend for an emergency caesarean section.

“This information is required by the anaesthetic team so that they can prioritise their workload. The absence of this is of concern and should be addressed by the hospital,” the report states.

Hospital management has submitted business plans to recruit additional consultant anaesthesiologists so that a 24-hour dedicated obstetric anaesthesiology service could be provided. This had yet to be progressed. They had recently applied to the HSE for funding for two additional consultant anaesthesiologists.

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

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Nuns seek inspiration on proposal for new convent

Enda Cunningham

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The existing Presentation Convent, which was built in the mid-18th century and operated as a military barracks and fever hospital.

The Presentation Sisters have been told that the site for their proposed new city centre convent is not big enough, as there are already plans for the new Our Lady’s College building there.

Earlier this year, the Sisters decided that upgrade works to the existing building would be “very invasive”.

The Sisters subsequently sought permission to construct a two-storey building with 14 bedrooms, an oratory, reception, living and dining areas, utility rooms and administrator’s apartment on the site at Presentation Road.

The plans also involve moving the existing vehicular entrance and the demolition of the extension and outbuildings at the disused national school building, which is a protected structure, and to convert the building into two residential units.

“This application is primarily for a new convent building for the Sisters within the boundaries of the current premises. It will facilitate a residency to current standards with a building suitable to meet their needs in a manner that is compliant with current building regulations.

“This arose as an alternative following an examination and feasibility of interventions and upgrades to the old convent building. Such works would be very invasive to the old building. As such, this proposal does not involve any intensification of use or occupancy of the site.

“The siting of the building is selected to minimise impacts on the gardens. The application also includes for the renovation and alterations to the derelict national school, to bring it into residential use. This will be ancillary to the use of the convent and not other residential use,” the application reads.

According to an architectural heritage assessment report, the Presentation Sisters have occupied the existing convent building since 1819. It was built in the mid-18th century and had previously operated as a charter school, military barracks and fever hospital.

“The overall works will bring it back into a sustainable use which prevents dereliction and will aid its longevity into the future,” the application reads.

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

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Pub and GAA club visits on the agenda for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Stephen Corrigan

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Two senior members of the British Royal Family are to visit Galway next month – with preparations already underway to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the city in March.

Gardaí issued notice yesterday (Thursday) morning that a number of streets in the city are to be closed on March 5. Coinciding with the already announced visit of ‘Kate and Wills’ to Ireland, this caused widespread speculation that the royal pair would cross the Shannon as part of their visit.

While Gardaí and Galway City Council refused to confirm or deny the speculation yesterday, the Galway City Tribune understands that Kate and William will spend the day in Galway, and will visit Tigh Chóilí on Mainguard Street – as well as calling in on Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA club.

The Garda notice issued yesterday alerts locals that Williamsgate Street, William Street, Shop Street, High Street, Mainguard Street and possibly Abbeygate Street will all be closed between 6am and 2pm on March 5 – making way for the large security operation required for a royal visit.

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

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