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Galway left reeling by early goal blitz from title holders

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Galway's Leanne Coen tries to break free from Dublin's Leah Caffrey during the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Semi-Final at Dr Hyde Park on Saturday. Photos: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

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Galway  1-10

GALWAY’S first appearance in an All-Ireland senior ladies football semi-final since 2014 didn’t go to plan at Hyde Park last Saturday as Dublin gave a telling reminder why they are currently the top team.

Before the Tribeswomen settled, the reigning All-Ireland champions had pierced their net three times in the first 21 minutes as Galway took too long to get to the pace of the game.

Much was mentioned about Nicole Owens’ late goal in the league semi-final, but the St. Sylvesters’ attacker took just four minutes this time to rattle the net. And having being kept quiet twice already this year, Sinead Aherne exacted payback with 2-4 to leave Galway with a mountain to climb.

When Lyndsey Davey got the fourth goal on the three-quarter mark, the Tribeswomens’ misery was complete. But they did respond in the second half, outscoring their opponents and were eventually rewarded with Olivia Divilly’s 50th minute goal.

While Dublin were raging hot favourites, there was belief among the maroon and white faithful that a shock could be on. Galway were the only team to beat Dublin all year and should have done so twice until Owens rescued Mick Bohan’s team in April.

And she picked up where she left off, taking possession before striking a fierce shot leaving Lisa Murphy no chance for the game’s first goal. It was a blow for Galway but they didn’t panic and after Louise Ward and Aine McDonagh won the foul, Tracey Leonard converted a free to leave it 1-0 to 0-1 on six minutes.

But after doing all the right things in their quarter-final win over Mayo, old bad habits resurfaced in Galway’s play as the occasion looked to be getting the better of them.

With both teams attacking, tracking back off the ball was essential and Dublin were much quicker at that. And even though some individual man marking match ups looked spot on, Galway’s defence seemed to lose their shape with many players finding themselves out of position.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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

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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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