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Galway athletes star at National Indoor Masters




The top three women home in the Kinvara Half marathon last weekend. From left: Fiona McFall (3rd), Jane Ann Meehan (1st), and Grainne Ni Uallachain (2nd).

The Irish Life Health National Indoor Senior Championships were held last weekend in Athlone Indoor Arena in AIT, and there was great medal success for many of Galway’s top veteran track and field athletes.

Galway City Harriers Ladies team of Sinead Foran, Majella Loftus, Niamh Hennelly and & Kathryn Casserly won gold in the 4x200m Relay; while GCH’s Men won team bronze in the relay also.

GCH throwers had a good day with Brendan Staunton and Sean Breathnach taking two golds apiece at O35 and O40 level respectively in the Shot Putt and Weight for Distance throws, with Breathnach taking the Senior WFD title; while Richard O’Hanlon won bronze in the Over 60 Shot Putt.

On the track, Kathryn Casserly won a superb double silver at 800m and 1,500m in the O40 section; while Niamh Hennelly took bronze in her 1,500m race with Jean O’Connor just behind in fourth.

Jim Phelan took Masters silver in the 400m and bronze in the 200m at O45 level; the evergreen Martin McEvilly took O70 gold in the 800m, and silver in his 1,500m and 3,000m events; and Margaret Sheridan placed third in the Ladies O55 800m category.

Craughwell sprinter Ronnie Warde led the way as his Craughwell squad sealed their first Masters team title with a fantastic victory in the 4x200m relay. The team of John Walkin, Ronnie Warde, Evan Morgan and Cormac Kearney blazed away from the field to seal a comfortable victory ahead of Gowran AC in Second and GCH in third.

In addition to that, Warde claimed two individual medals., 60m Silver in a fine time of 7.31 and a 200m Bronze in 24.66.

Stephen Casserly won silver in the 1500m at O35 level for Castlegar AC

Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC took four golds in the High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Weight throw, with bronze in the 60m for good measure; while clubmate Pat Hannon made a return to action with bronze in the 800m for Loughrea at O60 level.

Tommy Farragher of Corofin AC won gold in the Weight and silver in the Shot at O70 level, while Margaret Higgins also of Corofin AC claimed five golds at O65 level in the Ladies events.

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Pubs to remain closed and restrictions on gatherings unchanged

Enda Cunningham



Pubs and nightclubs will not be allowed to open next week, while restrictions will remain in place on indoor and outdoor gatherings, as the Government decided to postpone Phase 4 of the Roadmap to Recovery for a second time.

It will also become compulsory to wear face coverings in shops and shopping centres from next Monday.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin made the announcement this evening, adding that the current situation will be reviewed again in three week’s time.

“We have to heed our Chief Medical Officer and NPHET advice and we have to keep the pressure on this virus.

“I know this will come as a bitter disappointment to many people; the Cabinet has agreed to continue with the current public health measures that are in place. Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed.

“The current restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings will remain unchanged [50 people indoors and 200 outdoors].

“We will review the evidence again in three weeks’ time.

“This virus has not changed. It remains as virulent as ever and it is constantly on the search for new people to infect. It remains completely indiscriminate in its cruelty. But as dangerous as it is, we have shown we can beat it. Each one of us has the power to suppress it,” the Taoiseach said.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley



Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan



Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

Read the full feature in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. You can also add the paper to your online grocery delivery; you can purchase a digital edition here, or you can have it delivered at no extra charge by An Post; full details are on this website.

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