ONCE again, Connacht & City Tribune readers and social media followers from near and far voted in their droves in choosing Galway’s Greatest Gaelic Football Stars XV 1960 to 2020 – and of all the selections across the four codes, this may be the most controversial one yet.
A shock omission from the Greatest Stars XV is the legendary Mattie McDonagh, the only Galway footballer to win four All-Ireland senior medals with the Tribesmen. In the Connacht Tribune’s Team of the Century (published in 1999), McDonagh and John ‘Tull’ Dunne were the midfield pairing but, on this occasion, readers have opted for a different partnership.
Receiving the most votes in midfield, Killannin’s Kevin Walsh featured in 64% of the teams submitted, leaving Pat Donnellan and McDonagh fighting it out for the No. 9. In the end, Donnellan had enough votes to spare over McDonagh to seize the second midfield berth.
McDonagh also received strong support in the centre-half forward position – dominated by Sean Purcell in the voting – but it is worth noting that McDonagh’s combined total still fell short of Donnellan’s combined vote (also nominated for corner forward) and Purcell’s tally.
Indeed, along with McDonagh and ‘Tull’ Dunne, six other players from the Team of the Century lost out, namely Tom ‘Pook’ Dillon, Tommy Joe Gilmore, Cyril Dunne, Seamus Leydon, Frank Stockwell and Brendan Nestor.
The eight new faces are Seamus McHugh, Tomás Mannion, Kevin Walsh, Pat Donnellan, Jarlath Fallon, Michael Meehan, Michael Donnellan and Padraic Joyce.
The most popular player in the voting was 1998 and 2001 superstar Michael Donnellan – who featured in 98% of the teams selected – with his team-mates Tomás Mannion and Padraic Joyce also featuring prominently with 92% and 87% of the votes respectively.
Of the 1999 Team of the Century, full-back Noel Tierney was the most popular, appearing in 92% of the selections with his former defensive colleagues, goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty, corner-back Enda Colleran and right half-back John Donnellan – father of Michael – also polling highly. In attack, Purcell and John Keenan were also automatic choices for many.
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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal
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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.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.
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.”
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.