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Galway give their all but it’s not enough to carry day

John McIntyre

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Galway's Mannion brothers, Padraic and Cathal, try to halt the progress of Limerick's William O'Donoghue during Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Limerick 0-27

Galway 0-24

John McIntyre at Croke Park

THE battle of hurling’s big beasts served up the anticipated physical war of attrition, but Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final still fell far short of being classified as one of the sport’s epic contests of the modern era.

It was undoubtedly tense, edgy and robust with the outcome remarkably in doubt deep into injury time, but this eagerly awaited contest was riddled with poor handling, unforced errors and wayward shooting at times. The game only flowed in spots and the absence of a goal was another black mark.

Galway hurling teams have often returned from Croke Park loaded with regrets, but this wasn’t one of those occasions. Their commitment and resolution were beyond reproach, while the men in maroon could hardly have wished for a better start against the title favourites.

But having stormed into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead with corner forward Brian Concannon quickly catching fire, Galway were then outscored by 18 points to eight between the 15th and 50th minutes. By that juncture, Limerick were bossing the exchanges and had one foot in the All-Ireland final.

The champions of 2017, however, were a little too goal-hungry for their own good in the second-half, leaving Galway hanging on and they were forced to win the match for a ‘second time’ in a protracted period of injury time.

That fact that Limerick registered three of the final four points – including a hat-trick from the impressive Tom Morrissey – tells its own story. They were able to lift the tempo when needed but, overall, this was a somewhat underwhelming performance from the Shannonsiders.

Limerick’s wides tally of 16 compared to Galway’s 11 also reduces debate about the validity of the outcome. They had a few horrible misses on an evening their much-acclaimed half-forward line of Morrissey, Cian Lynch and Gearóid Hegarty still managed 11 points from play between them. In total, Galway only had ten.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

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All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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Gardaí seek help in locating missing man

Enda Cunningham

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Gardaí have sought help in locating a man missing in Galway since the end of December.
34-year-old Luke Davoren was last seen in the University Road area on December 30.

He is described as having fair hair, 6ft in height and having an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a grey hoody, brown leather jacket, blue jeans and brown leather boots. He also had a black back pack in his possession.

Gardaí and Luke’s family are very concerned for his welfare and have urged him to make contact.

Anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash cam footage of the Newcastle/University Road areas between 1am – 2am on December 30, is asked to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538000.

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Hospitals cope with overcrowding and staff shortages as Covid crisis peaks

Dara Bradley

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Confirmed cases of Covid-19 continue to skyrocket in Galway, as virus-related frontline healthcare staff shortages persist and now overcrowding emerges as a new threat.

Galway experienced four days of record-breaking positive case notifications in the past week, as hospitalisations grew exponentially and pressure was heaped on the critical care units at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Portiuncula.

Hospital management said it was unsure whether community transmission had peaked locally yet – and they expect hospitals to be under ‘significant pressure’ from Covid admissions well into February.

Nurses have highlighted how overcrowding in the Emergency Department of the county’s two main public hospitals has returned – some 112 patients were stuck on trolleys awaiting admission to UHG and Ballinasloe on five mornings in the past week. Meanwhile, it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed that the new UK variant of Covid is present in Galway, but authorities believe it is.

The latest data shows there has been no let-up in new cases notifications in Galway – 604 confirmed cases were notified for Monday, the highest in Ireland and Galway’s worst ever day by a long shot.

It was a frightening figure but it was not for one day and was part of clearing the backlog of cases over Christmas and New Year, the HSE said.

That pushed Galway’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 to 1033.9 more than double what it was a week ago and eight times what it was a fortnight ago. Some 2,668 new Galway cases were notified in the fortnight to midnight Tuesday.

Read the full story and comprehensive coverage of the Covid-19 crisis 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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