GALWAY U20 hurling manager Jeffrey Lynskey has called on the GAA to provide a programme of games for teams in the grade after he watched his side exit the Leinster championship after just 60 minutes of action at O’Connor Park, Tullamore last Thursday evening.
Having played no competitive fixture going into last week’s provincial semi-final defeat to Kilkenny, who had defeated Laois in the previous round, Galway saw eight months of developmental work wiped away by an assured performance from the Cats.
It left Galway boss Lynskey bemoaning the lack of competitive action for this grade of players and he has called on the GAA to establish a round-robin structure similar to that employed at senior championship level in Leinster and Munster.
“That would be the obvious thing to do,” stated the Liam Mellows man. “These two months, there is nothing happening. There is no reason why they couldn’t run it (proposed structure) off there on a Wednesday evening. Obviously, the top two teams then would play off in the final or they could cross play with Munster the far side.
“At the moment, it is a lot of work for one match and if it doesn’t go right, you are out. In order to really develop, they need games. One game doesn’t suffice, really. A lot of work has gone in for the last eight months, since last November.”
Galway began last Thursday’s contest brightly and led two points to no score after six minutes and four points to two after 12 minutes. In this time, Mark Kennedy converted two frees while wing-back Daniel Loftus and half-forward Diarmuid Kilcommins hit two fine points from play.
However, that was as good as it was to get for Galway in the first half and, by the interval, DJ Carey’s side had not only overtaken the early leaders but established a commanding 0-11 to 0-7 lead, with Niall Brassil striking five of those Kilkenny points (three from play, one from a free, and another from a 65).
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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