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Galway get the breaks but show lots of bottle in denying Donegal

John McIntyre

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Tommy Larkins players, twins Eanna and Ronan Murphy, with their twin cousins Tomas and Sean Fahy, after the club' County U21 B final win over Cappataggle at Duggan Park on Saturday. Photo: Enda Noone.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

IT was almost a carbon copy of the previous Saturday night in Tralee – Galway footballers were again down to 14-men, hanging on for dear life and the opposition laying siege to their posts. This time the Tribesmen were on the rack in Letterkenny and in those nerve-wracking final few minutes, Donegal had several chances to force a draw.

Galway had been unlucky losers against Kerry, but the breaks definitely went their way in the third round of league action last Sunday. Michael Murphy had a point rightly disallowed for a square ball – how many times have we seen those type of scores given? – before Ciaran Thompson and Murphy spurned chances from close-in frees.

Murphy’s miss, in particular, will haunt the Donegal talisman even allowing for the swirling wind. It was edge of the stuff, especially if you had punted on Galway at the generous odds of 7/4, and though the Padraic Joyce led-management will be delighted with the win, this wasn’t a flawless performance.

In the opening quarter, Galway were exposed down the right flank of their defence, leading to several goal chances for Donegal, while both their ‘keepers Conor Gleeson, who was black-carded, and Ronan Ó Beolain, who was booked, were guilty of reckless sliding challenges. The fact that Galway again finished with a numerical disadvantage after Michael Daly’s late dismissal won’t have impressed the management either.

Gleeson’s lunge at Jamie Brennan in the 18th minute should have led to just a ten-minute spell in the sin-bin for the Milltown clubman, but significantly Joyce didn’t bring him back on. Was that the manager’s way of letting his first-choice goalkeeper know his rash intervention was unacceptable?

Ó Beolain virtually did the same thing late in the match, but he ‘escaped’ with a yellow card as Donegal desperately tried to pull a result out of the fire. That was an unlikely scenario for the home team after they had forged into a seven-point lead by the 43rd minute. Ciaran Thompson had just sent a cracker to the roof of the Galway net to compliment Murphy’s penalty effort in the opening half.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...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.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

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.

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