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Cummins’ goal turns the tide in favour of Tribesmen




Galway attacker Antaine Ó Laoi picks off a point against Mayo during Saturday's National Football League tie at MacHale Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 1-11

Mayo 0-12

HAVING gone eight years without beating Mayo in either league or championship between 2008 and 2016, Kevin Walsh’s Galway side made it seven wins in-a-row in all competitions over their provincial rivals at a baltic MacHale Park on Saturday night – hard to credit.

There has been a significant changing of the guard in recent times, however, and though Mayo remain a quality outfit, they just haven’t been able to come up with a solution to the Galway puzzle these past few years, no matter the date nor the setting.

Of those seven victories, three have come in the championship, while Saturday’s victory marked Galway’s second league success over Mayo in two seasons and what a satisfying win it was.

Leading by seven points at the break having played with the gale-force wind at their backs, Galway appeared in a decent position, only to see that lead whittled down to the minimum after 56 minutes and destined for defeat having barely fired a shot the entire half.

But a tigerish defensive effort, coupled with some woeful Mayo shooting kept James Horan’s men scoreless for the ensuing 19 minutes, allowing Shane Walsh and company step-up in attack, draw some much-needed frees and secure the spoils.

This was a fine showing from the Tribesmen against a Mayo side which reverted to the tried and tested for the most part as they attempted to bounce back from a heacy defeat to Dublin.

Not only that, but Galway played 10 minutes of the opening half with only 13 men, after Michael Daly (body check) and Barry McHugh (hand trip) were justifiably sent to the stand within 30 seconds of each other after receiving needless black cards. Huge credit to Galway though for in that period, they came out on top 1-1 to 0-1.

The strength of the wind really was quite remarkable, making kickouts for goalkeepers an absolute nightmare when kicking into the teeth of it. Twice, David Clarke saw his restarts drift out over the sideline early on, and of the ones which did remain infield, Galway gobbled up the vast majority of them.

Lee Keegan was deployed at full-back to man mark Shane Walsh and they missed his surging runs, though Colm Boyle and Keith Higgins as ever bombed forward.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí seek help in locating missing man

Enda Cunningham



Gardaí have sought help in locating a man missing in Galway since the end of December.
34-year-old Luke Davoren was last seen in the University Road area on December 30.

He is described as having fair hair, 6ft in height and having an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a grey hoody, brown leather jacket, blue jeans and brown leather boots. He also had a black back pack in his possession.

Gardaí and Luke’s family are very concerned for his welfare and have urged him to make contact.

Anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash cam footage of the Newcastle/University Road areas between 1am – 2am on December 30, is asked to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538000.

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Hospitals cope with overcrowding and staff shortages as Covid crisis peaks

Dara Bradley



Confirmed cases of Covid-19 continue to skyrocket in Galway, as virus-related frontline healthcare staff shortages persist and now overcrowding emerges as a new threat.

Galway experienced four days of record-breaking positive case notifications in the past week, as hospitalisations grew exponentially and pressure was heaped on the critical care units at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Portiuncula.

Hospital management said it was unsure whether community transmission had peaked locally yet – and they expect hospitals to be under ‘significant pressure’ from Covid admissions well into February.

Nurses have highlighted how overcrowding in the Emergency Department of the county’s two main public hospitals has returned – some 112 patients were stuck on trolleys awaiting admission to UHG and Ballinasloe on five mornings in the past week. Meanwhile, it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed that the new UK variant of Covid is present in Galway, but authorities believe it is.

The latest data shows there has been no let-up in new cases notifications in Galway – 604 confirmed cases were notified for Monday, the highest in Ireland and Galway’s worst ever day by a long shot.

It was a frightening figure but it was not for one day and was part of clearing the backlog of cases over Christmas and New Year, the HSE said.

That pushed Galway’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 to 1033.9 more than double what it was a week ago and eight times what it was a fortnight ago. Some 2,668 new Galway cases were notified in the fortnight to midnight Tuesday.

Read the full story and comprehensive coverage of the Covid-19 crisis in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from

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Suffer little children – report shines a light into shameful past

Dave O'Connell



Baby clothing hanging from a tree branch in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial ground this week. PHOTO: Joe O'Shaughnessy

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The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes shines a light into the darkest recesses of our shameful past; young women and tiny babies neglected by Church and State – fellow, frail human beings whose lives and deaths somehow didn’t matter at all.

These women and their children were punished, hidden out of sight; mistreated at best; physically and sexually abused at worst – and way, way too many were left to die without a shred of dignity in their lives or in their passing.

The Trojan work and dedication of people like Catherine Corless lifted the stone on the shame – but it is only in their shocking stories, as we’ve read and heard this week, that we can get any sense of the depths of this depravity.

Many of the mothers were little more than children themselves, who had their little babies taken from them and given away with even a sliver of consent.

There were no records of their adoption, and no willingness, even decades later, to help those babies to find their birth mothers. Because to do so would have exposed the cruel and heartless manner of their forced adoptions in the first place.

And yet exposing this scandal is only the first step; an apology was the very least they were entitled to. Now we as a nation, and particularly those religious orders who ran the homes, must do everything to redress this wrong.

We must open the files so that they can discover their full life stories, find their living relatives, and be compensated so that at least the rest of their lives are in complete contrast to all they’ve endured until now.

We need to look at how we can give hundreds of innocent babies a proper burial – however belated and insufficient that may be.

Nothing will undo the damage – but now that the depths of this depravity have finally been laid bare, there must be no equivocation, no prevarication; just a commitment to doing whatever it takes to try and right a terrible wrong.

See full coverage of the Commission’s Report in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from

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