Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon
WITH Premier League football back on our screens this weekend after the Summer hiatus, Galway eyes will be on former Cregmore and Mervue United star Greg Cunningham as he makes his return to top flight football with newly promoted Cardiff City.
For Cunningham, who made the move from Championship outfit Preston North End to Cardiff over the Summer for an overall fee of £4 million, it is another chance to mix it with the elite of English and international football having begun his senior career with current champions Manchester City.
“Yeah, it is where you want to play,” says Cunningham, as he takes time out from his busy pre-season schedule. “The best players in the world are there and you want to pitch yourself up against them week in, week out. So, obviously, it was a big attraction for me to play for a club playing in the Premier League and we are looking forward to the challenge this season.”
Having been 33/1 to make the play-offs of the championship at the outset of last season, Cardiff City belied their low standing in the eyes of the bookmakers and pundits by finishing second in the table and gaining automatic promotion under controversial manager Neil Warnock.
As often observed, football fans either love or hate Warnock but one thing is for sure the Premier League will be a more interesting competition with him in it, particularly given the public spat with Man City boss Pep Guardiola when the sides met in the FA Cup in January.
Guardiola was livid with the nature of Cardiff’s robust tackling; Warnock took umbrage to his remarks by telling him – and everyone else – so. To put it mildly, Warnock, who has a superb track record when it comes to getting teams promoted, rarely stands back from an argument.
“I am really enjoying working under him,” says Cunningham, who, it is understood, had been a target for an admiring Warnock for some time. “We have had a great few weeks so far. We were training in Cardiff for the first week or so and then we headed down to Cornwall, where the gaffer lives, and we had some training down there.
“It was nice. Every year, he invites the lads over to his house and we had a barbeque and stuff and we chilled out there for the afternoon. It was a nice way to get the boys together and it was a good bonding week there.
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
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