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County players McInerney and Burke power Oranmore home

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Oranmore/Maree's Sean McInerney prepares to secure possession against Thomas Nally of Rahoon/Newcastle during Sunday's Intermediate hurling semi-final at Kenny Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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ORANMORE/Maree booked their place in this year’s intermediate county final with a comfortable victory over a disappointing Rahoon/Newcastle outfit at Kenny Park on Sunday.

Coming in off the back of a fine victory over Kinvara at the second attempt, Rahoon/Newcastle would have expected to put up a much better showing but on the day they just never got going, with Oranmore bursting from the traps to open up an early six-point lead.

Credit to Rahoon/Newcastle who fought back in both halves but in truth that was more down to Oranmore/Maree taking their foot off the gas with John Burke and Gerry McInerney’s men showing exactly why they are favourites to earn promotion to senior ranks.

It’s not the first time that’s been said about this side, however, and they’ve been caught the past two seasons at the quarter-final and semi-final stage, so to qualify for the decider will feel like a monkey off the back in ways.

Big players stand up on the big days and they don’t come much bigger than Gearoid McInerney and Niall Burke, the two Galway men heavily influential for Oranmore/Maree who impressed in every sector of the field.

Eight minutes in they led 0-6 to 0-0 as Rahoon/Newcastle struggled desperately to get to the pitch of the action. Niall Burke fired his side’s first three scores, a one-handed point from play sandwiched between two frees before Ross Malone fired over a simple score to make it four.

County football star Eamon Brannigan had his sides first chance in the seventh minute when soloing through from midfield, but his effort off the hurl fell to the right and wide.

By that point, they had still failed to deliver a ball to their inside line which gives an indication of the dominance Oranmore/Maree held in the middle third and two quick points by lively Oranmore/Maree corner-forward Sean McInerney added to their woes.

John Hanbury eventually got his side on the board in the ninth minute with an excellent free from his own 65 and he repeated the dose shortly after before Jordan Ruffley hit his team’s third on the spin to cap a well-worked move. Rahoon were beginning to settle but were powerless to prevent another Oranmore/Maree burst yielding five straight scores.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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