Inside Track with John McIntyre
IT might seem a strange observation to make, but Padraic Joyce is about to face the biggest challenge of his fledgling inter-county senior managerial career in the wake of Galway’s National League thumping of Tyrone at Tuam Stadium last Sunday.
Whether those in the camp like it or not, Galway footballers are the talk of the place and players’ heads can be turned quickly when they are catapulted into the national spotlight. It’s the result of that extraordinary 19-point win over Tyrone which leaves the Tribesmen on target to reach the league final.
Galway had already been attracting positive reviews since Joyce took over, but they took their form to a whole new level by destroying arguably the most cynical team out there. Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has never suffered a heavier defeat in his 18-years at the helm.
That 2-25 to 0-12 scoreline does come with something of a health warning as Tyrone finished with only 13 players on the field and also lost their star performer Cathal McShane with a serious leg injury in the first-half. Yet, it was hard not be impressed by the way Galway ruthlessly cut loose in the closing quarter.
Liberated and producing a brand of attractive attacking football which is proving a big hit with supporters, Galway have caught fire this Spring, but now the team has to deal with increased expectations and all the media attentions that comes with it. And having to head to Navan on Sunday has the potential for a Meath ambush.
On the surface, Galway should have no problems dealing with the Royals who remain pointless from four outings, but Andy McEntee’s charges tested Kerry in Killarney last weekend and will gather some belief from that performance. Meath would also love nothing better than bringing their high-flying visitors back to earth.
Joyce’s challenge this week will be to ground his players ahead of their trip to Pairc Tailteann. One thing that should help that process is that many of his team have graduated from the school of hard knocks – such as losing two Connacht finals to Roscommon at Pearse Stadium – meaning that they should not be easily distracted by all the hype about them.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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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.