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Galway the best team in the land after fronting up in terrific decider

John McIntyre

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Galway's Emma Helebert tries to halt the progress of Kilkenny's Denise Gaule during Sunday's All-Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park. Photo: INPHO Laszlo Geczo.

Inside Track with John McIntyre
THE best All-Ireland camogie final in years at Croke Park on Sunday saw Galway shed their reputation as something of a flaky team when the pressure came on. They never blinked in an absorbing battle for supremacy and are worthy new champions.
In the process, the Tribeswomen also improved slightly the county’s terrible record in All-Ireland finals, having only won two of their previous 17 championship deciders stretching back to 1932. We daren’t have mentioned that terrible statistic in the build up to Sunday’s showdown, but it’s doubtful if it would have fazed Galway in any event.
This was a team with a different and more positive mentality. It didn’t matter to them that they were the 7/4 outsiders against Kilkenny. After all, they had taken out title holders Cork in a high-wire semi-final and if Galway hadn’t buckled in that challenging environment, why would they do so against a Kilkenny outfit which also had their own All-Ireland final demons?
Sarah Dervan and company would have gained huge belief and confidence from coming out on top after going toe to toe with Cork. It showed on Sunday. The old frailties were gone; replaced by a new sense of self-assurance. They carried the day by six points and were in no way flattered by the margin.
Under the progressive management of Cathal Murray and a committed backroom staff of Orla Kilkenny, Conor Dolan, John Connor and Robbie Lane, together with the associated medical and logistics support, Galway were women on a mission in 2019. Having already overcome the Cats in the league final, they were not intimidated by what lay ahead of them at GAA headquarters.
Camogie deservedly got a bad rap after the previous two All-Ireland finals which allowed for minimal physical contact. With players countrywide demanding scope for matches to be less rigorously officiated, the sport has enjoyed a renaissance this summer which has led to a sharp increase in affection from the terraces.
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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley

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Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan

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Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

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State can’t leave Galway addiction services in limbo

Dara Bradley

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Any further delay in setting up an alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway City will result in more deaths, including suicides, of problem drinkers – and cause ‘total devastation’ to local families, addiction experts have warned.

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) has demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately establishes an alcohol treatment service in the city.

The professional body which accredits counsellors claims that GPs in Galway are ‘flooded’ with drink-related patients, and the Emergency Department ‘can’t cope’ with the level of alcohol admissions.

It said the long-awaited alcohol addiction treatment service planned for the city would save lives and save tens of thousands of euro on alcohol-related emergency admissions at University Hospital Galway.

Some €470,000 a year funding for the service was announced by the previous Government last December; and a commitment for the service was contained in the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party.

This week, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, a Minister of State in the new administration, confirmed that some €225,000 for the service from now to Christmas, is available in the 2020 HSE budget to get the service up and running.

Local addiction counsellors have now demanded that the HSE urgently hire the staff, and source a building, to roll out the alcohol addiction service, which has been absent for the past seven years.

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