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Galway siblings enjoy success across the sporting codes

Dara Bradley



It’s been a jam-packed summer of sport for Moycullen brothers Paul and Sean Kelly who continue to distinguish themselves in their respective fields at home and abroad.

Both brothers are Croker bound on the weekend of August 11 and 12, after they helped the Galway footballers qualify for All-Ireland semi-finals at senior and minor level.

They are following in the footsteps of their late father, Pádraig ‘Dandy’ Kelly, a five-times Connacht champion who soldiered with the Galway footballers during the 1980s.

Sean Kelly scored a point in Galway’s win over Kildare in the Super 8s and also made his mark in the Tribesmen’s first championship win over Kerry in 53 years the week previous.

The lively wing-forward, who’d run all day, is expected to line-out in Pearse Stadium this Saturday against Monaghan in the final game of the Super 8s, the result of which will determine who Galway play having reached the last four of the All-Ireland for the first time since 2001.

Sean Kelly after scoring Galway’s first goal against Sligo in the 2018 Connacht semi-final at Pearse Stadium.

Sean Kelly is one of the young guns who has grasped the opportunity to play for Galway footballers, having been blooded by manager Kevin Walsh in the FBD League in January. Since getting his start, Sean has been a regular in maroon and white and scored the first goal in their Connacht semi-final win over Sligo.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Paul Kelly, is as handy on the basketball court as he is on the football field.

Paul starred in the Ireland U18 basketball squad that won bronze in thrilling fashion at the FIBA European Championship Division C in Kosovo last week.

Though he was side-lined through injury for the semi-final and third place play-off, Paul made a huge contribution to the cause in the earlier games.

The St Mary’s student scored 14 points in Ireland’s 80-71 win over Monaco but it was against Malta that Paul shone brightest as he led by example, finishing the game with 11 rebounds, 16 points and eight assists as Ireland enjoyed an 84-69 win over Malta.

Fellow Galwayman, and St Joseph’s ‘The Bish’ student James Connaire also featured prominently in Kosovo, netting nine points against Malta. Both young men netted six points in Ireland’s 87-70 win over Moldova while James Connaire made a huge contribution in the bronze-medal play-off last Sunday – as well as scoring 13 points, he was involved in a dramatic finish.

Connaire had ice in his veins at the free throw line to send Ireland ahead by one (90-89) with 20 seconds to go, but a turnover by the boys in green led to an easy lay-up for Monaco and they were ahead by one with the clock ticking down rapidly.

Limerick native Nate Moore – who had been one of the sharpshooters for Ireland throughout the tournament – took it in his stride though, and with 2.3 seconds to go, found space and hit the three-pointer to clinch it for Ireland and the stadium erupted.

In Paul Kelly’s absence, the Galway minor footballers beat Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final last weekend in Tullamore after overcoming an initial scare.

Paul featured in the Connacht final triumph over Roscommon last month and was particularly effective in the second half and in previous round robin games; Galway will be hoping that he recovers from the injury picked up in Kosovo to slot in at midfield again when they take on Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.

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

Denise McNamara



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.”

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

Denise McNamara



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.”

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

Dave O'Connell



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.

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