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Draw sees both sides finish as winners in tight group

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Cappataggle's James Garvey finds himself surrouned by the Sarsfields' trio of Eric Kenny, Peter English and Noel Kelly in Kenny Park on Sunday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Cappataggle 0-16

Sarsfields 1-13

Sarsfields booked their place in the quarter finals of the senior hurling championship as a Noel Kelly goal late in the second-half helped them secure a draw which sees them go through as Group 2 winners.

Having trailed for much of the contest, Kelly’s goal on 51 minutes would put Cathal Murray’s troops ahead for the first time in almost half an hour. However, Cappataggle would fight back late on and score in the final moments to salvage a point to bag a spot in the preliminary quarter-finals.

On a perfect afternoon for hurling, it was the 2015 champions that got the first score of the game, Darren Morrissey winning the throw-in and teeing-up Niall Morrissey who duly pointed from range before tapping over a free to give his side an early two-point lead.

Alan Dolan got his team off the mark on six minutes through a free before Eanna Garvey would rise highest to take the sliotar out of the sky from an opposition puck out to set up Dolan in the corner to quickly level the tie.

Throughout the first-half, the midfield pairing of Daniel Nevin and Damien Joyce was impressing, sweeping up all that came near them in a dominant aerial performance. It was a different story on the ground, however, with Sarsfields usually coming out on top in the battle for the breaking ball.

This would be crucial for the New Inn-based side as it was winning frees from these breaks that was keeping them in the contest, the rest of their first-half tally coming from frees in a half where they would rack up eight wides from play.

Three frees from Morrissey put them back in front, however from here it was one was one-way traffic as Cappataggle took full control of the match, Nevin wonderfully pointing from his own half and then catching the resulting puck out to double his tally.

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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

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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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