A ‘clear-the-air’ meeting of the Galway County GAA Board has been called for Monday night in Loughgeorge (8pm) at which club delegates are expected to be ‘briefed and updated’ on the financial situation facing the organisation in the county.
The Board’s full-time secretary, John Hynes, announced last Thursday that he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract with the Central Council of the GAA for ‘personal reasons’.
The Chairman of Galway County Board Pat Kearney confirmed to the Connacht Tribune that as of this week, Seamus O’Grady – who had been Assistant County Board Secretary – was now the Secretary of the Galway GAA Board.
Mr. Kearney said that he would make no further comment, other than to confirm that John Hynes had decided not to seek a renewal of his contract, and that he had vacated his position. “Seamus O’Grady is now the Secretary of the Galway GAA Board,” said Mr. Kearney.
Monday night’s full delegate meeting of the County Board (now referred to as the County Committee) is the first such meeting to be held over the past three months and delegates are expected to be updated on the contents of an internal Galway Co. Board Audit Committee report that has been ongoing since early this year.
The Audit Report has been driven by the Treasurer of the Galway Co. Board, Mike Burke, from Kinvara, who was elected to the position late last year, following a contest with the incumbent, John McGann of Ardrahan.
The Connacht Tribune has learned that the first draft of this report was prepared by early summer and submitted to Croke Park for their observations.
Since then, it is understood there have been ongoing contacts between Croke Park and the Galway County Board on the report, but it hasn’t been released to club delegates and is unlikely to be given to them either on Monday night for legal reasons.
Delegates though are likely to given a ‘legally sound’ synopsis of the internal audit and are also likely to hear of an impending ‘visit’ by senior Croke Park officials to Galway, to have another look at the financial position of the Galway County Committee.
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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.”
Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
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.”
Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie
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.
Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie