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Galway leave it too late to get going against Cork

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Cork 2-9

Galway 1-9

A stirring comeback in the final 20 minutes came up just short for Galway’s senior camogie team at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday as Cork held on to book a September showdown with Kilkenny.

First half goals from Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter gave the Rebelettes a 2-6 to 0-6 interval advantage before they stretched that margin to eight as Galway malfunctioned in attack and allowed their Munster opponents to dictate the terms.

But their courage to refuse accept defeat allowed Mark Dunne’s charges to come back with Niamh Hanniffy getting a priceless 48th minute major, bringing them within one score. But missed opportunities plus some big decisions against them proved their undoing.

The maroon and white did prove they are still a top team but when the reflecting and post mortems are done on this hour in Limerick, they will be filled with regret. Despite not playing to their best for the opening 40 minutes, this All-Ireland semi-final was still very winnable.

Galway’s comeback wasn’t helped by some big calls from referee Eamon Cassidy. The most notable was when two Cork players collided after a stunning Niamh Hanniffy pluck from the sky before the whistle blew to hold up play.

One can’t criticise the official for airing caution when he feared head injuries. It was the second time Cork players ran into each other with Gemma O’Connor forced to leave the field after an earlier collision with Ashling Thompson.

But when an attempted Niamh Kilkenny attack saw her run into Thompson and go down, play continued for over 90 seconds. Frustration stemming from this incident carried over to Hanniffy’s catch that would have almost certainly producing a crucial score.

In added time, Galway were very unlucky not to receive a free, even a penalty, when Niamh McGrath appeared to have her arm pulled by a Cork defender. Such breaks are crucial in the closing stages and the Tribeswomen just couldn’t catch one.

But then again, they shouldn’t have needed to. Cork were slightly the better outfit taking the 60 minutes into account, but Galway missed many decent chances.

And even though they rallied in the closing stages, Galway still only managed one score from play. But while some players underperformed on the field, management also can’t be absolved either, making only two changes.

It started brightly as Orlaith McGrath opened the scoring on four minutes but Cork already threatened when Katrina Mackey hand passed off the crossbar. An Orla Cotter free gave the Rebelettes their opener before a poor Sarah Healy puck out was sent straight back over the bar by Orla Cronin.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

Denise McNamara

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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