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Galway are straining at the Laois for quarter-final clash

Stephen Glennon

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Galway goalkeeper and co-captain, Darach Fahy, in action against Kilkenny's Stephen Donnelly and Sean Ryan in last year's Leinster semi-final in Tullamore. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

After a year of uncertainty, Galway U-20 hurlers commence their Leinster championship with a quarter-final clash against Laois at Portlaoise this Friday (7.30pm).

Given this group of players missed out on an U-18 minor championship due to the transition of the grade to U-17 two years ago, Galway U-20 boss Jeffery Lynskey says he is delighted those players now get the chance to wear the maroon and white once more.

“It was important for them to get something,” says Lynskey. “The timing isn’t great, but I am grateful for the opportunity for the lads. Whatever about ourselves – and some of us might be thinking it’s not a great time of the year and it’s the middle of a pandemic – but let’s play the game and, hopefully, they’ll have a competition that they’ll enjoy.

“They have put the work in; a lot of them have been in the gym since this time last year preparing for this. So, they have gone a full 12 months looking to play this competition. Look, it is not ideal, but we are grateful for the game.”

By “timing”, Lynskey is not only referring to the circumstance cited above, but also the fact that many players are in the middle of third-level exams at present.

“So, we have to be mindful of that with them. You could be looking at a player and saying ‘what is up with him tonight’, but then you find out he has exams and he is on Zoom all day.

“So, he hasn’t been able to walk around and he might be stiff as a board. That happened to one or two of them the other night. So, you just have to weigh it up over the next few days.”

While Galway, as with every other team, go into this fixture without the benefit of a block of training behind them, Lynskey says it would be worse if the players didn’t have this opportunity. “They’ll look back on this in 20 years’ time and, at least, they can say we had an opportunity to play.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Compliant Galwegians are keeping their distance

Francis Farragher

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Checkpoint...Garda warning for those who stray too far from home.

BOY racers, cyclists, gym users and young people attending house parties are among those in Galway who have been issued with Fixed Payment Notices (FPNs) for breaching the Covid-19 travel regulations over the past week.

However, Gardaí in Galway have reported ‘a very high-level of compliance’ from the general public as regards the travel restrictions that are a central part of the Level-5 ‘Stay Home – Stay Safe’ Covid campaign.

Over the weekend, Gardaí issued FPNs to so-called ‘boy racers’ in two separate cases on the Tuam Road outside Galway city and in the Craughwell area.

FPNs – involving a €100 on-the-spot fine – were also issued last week to a number of young people attending house parties in the Galway city area, after Gardaí had been called to the scene.

Two cyclists stopped in the Cornamona area of North Connemara last week, who were 19 kilometres from their homes – and outside their own county boundary – also faced Garda censure.

The cyclists weren’t from the same household; they weren’t wearing masks; and also, were in breach of social distancing regulations.

Gardaí also came across a case of a gym in South Galway being used by a number of people last week – also a breach of the Covid-19, Level-5 restrictions.

While Gardaí also received a number of calls about possible ‘pub-opening’ violations, on investigation, they found no sign of activity on the premises they checked out.

Galway Chief Garda Superintendent, Tom Curley, told the Connacht Tribune that overall, there was ‘a very high level of compliance’ as regards the travel restrictions which was ‘very encouraging’.

See full story – and comprehensive Covid-19 coverage – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Lessons learned on home-schooling

Denise McNamara

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Cathal Moore, principal of the Presentation Athenry.

Home-schooling is working better this time round with many teachers conducting live classes and more students actively engaging than when schools closed suddenly last March.

But virtual education is a poor substitute for the experience of the classroom with students sorely missing social interaction, according to teachers, while parents are still struggling to balance working from home with ensuring their children keep up with the school work.

The sooner that schools can reopen safely the better for everyone – although most agree that it’s looking more likely to be after mid-term than at the beginning of February.

“Everybody is in a better place this time round – schools, teachers, parents and students. Everybody expected to be back at school. It’s no secret last time we got two hours’ notice but this time round we’re better prepared,” remarks the principal of the Presentation Athenry, Cathal Moore.

The mixed secondary school is doing a mix of live and recorded classes as not every student has good broadband.

After the first week, there was feedback from students that they felt there was too much homework in addition to the virtual classes while teachers reported that they would prefer more live communication from their charges.

“It is more tiring – fatigue is definitely a factor when on a screen all day and if this goes on for a prolonged amount of time it will creep in for a growing number of students.”

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Hard-pressed hospitals down 450 staff over Covid

Dara Bradley

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More than 450 staff – including nurses at UHG and Portiuncula – are now out of work due to Covid, as staff shortages threaten the public hospitals’ ability to cope with the crisis.

The upsurge has seen UHG deal with a record number of Covid-19 patients, and the hospital had to escalate its surge capacity plan and add extra beds in ICU.

The latest CSO figures reveal that the first week of the New Year was Galway’s deadliest yet on the pandemic front, with five lives lost over those opening seven days of 2021.

That brought the total number of virus fatalities in Galway to 25, and it’s understood there have been further deaths locally since then, which will be confirmed later.

From March to the end of November there were 20 deaths notified in Galway, and no further deaths were recorded in all of December.

News of Galway’s deadliest week comes as local leaders in the HSE, Garda, and local government joined forces to warn that Covid-19 was still spreading rapidly in the community.

Nationally, between January 5 and 18, there were 263 Covid-19 deaths recorded, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC), which does not give a geographical breakdown. Of these deaths, 119 were hospitalised and 14 had been admitted to ICU.

The median age of all of Galway’s Covid fatalities is 83; the median age of the confirmed cases in Galway is 31 – the lowest of 26 counties.

See full story – and comprehensive Covid-19 coverage – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. Or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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