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Galway’s goal blitz helps to turns tables on Meath boys

Dara Bradley

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Galway's Eoghan Tinney takes on Cathal Hickey of Meath during the All-Ireland minor football semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-13

Meath 2-9

THE Galway minor footballers did it again! Seven points down in the first-half against Clare in late July, they bounced back to win the All-Ireland quarter-final by seven points. And it was a similar story here, except the revival was probably more spectacular given the quality of the opposition.

Galway trailed by four points at half-time (2-4 to 0-6) and with just over 20 minutes of the All-Ireland semi-final to be played, they were five points in arrears . . . and still they emerged victorious with seven points to spare to set up a September 2 showdown with Kerry, who are chasing five-in-a-row at this grade.

At times in the opening half it looked like Meath might get a run on them. But these Tribesmen are never beaten and they somehow summonsed the strength to turn this game on its head with another remarkable revival.

A couple of timely substitutions and reducing the number of mistakes, allied with a grit and determination from a few key players who stood up and were counted – it’s becoming a trademark of this team – piled the pressure on Meath, who had no response.

Of course, the second-half goals from Eoghan Tinney, Oisín McCormack, and Tony Gill were crucial. One stabilised the Galway men; two sent their confidence soaring; and three proved a killer blow to the Royal County.

It was a devastating 20-plus minutes from Dónal Ó Fátharta’s charges, who blew away a much-fancied Meath outfit with a complete display of clinical Gaelic football, the way it should be played, with pace and passion.

During that final third of the game, Galway outscored the Leinster champions by 3-6 to 0-3; it was as comprehensive a finish as Galway could have hoped for.

What was even more noteworthy was that it wasn’t until the 59th minute when Galway’s main marksman of the championship campaign, Oughterard clubman Ryan Monaghan, landed his first score of the day (free); and Matthew Cooley, a real dangerman in the corner, who has become a ‘marked man’ since his provincial final heroics, was held scoreless.

If you knew that would be the case beforehand, you’d say Galway hadn’t a hope of toppling Meath but Monaghan’s uncharacteristic off-day on placed balls was compensated elsewhere, particularly with fellow wing-back Cathal Sweeney chipping in with three first-half points and a man-of-the-match performance.Of course, the second-half goals from Eoghan Tinney, Oisín McCormack, and Tony Gill were crucial. One stabilised the Galway men; two sent their confidence soaring; and three proved a killer blow to the Royal County.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Student nurses face all the risk – for no reward

Dara Bradley

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Working on the children’s ward of a busy hospital during a global pandemic is no joke; less funny still when you’re not getting paid for your toil.

All the risk and none of the rewards of qualified staff – that’s the lot of Edel Moore, a student nurse who is currently on placement at University Hospital Galway.

Edel, and hundreds of student nurses like her on placement in UHG and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, want more than a round of applause and platitudes from Government.

“None of us want a pat on the back for struggling. We’d just like to be recognised,” she said.

“The Government are full-time talking about front-line workers, and they want to give them a ‘clap hands’. Then you see Junior Ministers getting massive raises. For what? What have they done for us, the student nurses, that they’re getting a €16,000 wage increase?

“We’ve put ourselves through a four year degree but all I’m worth is a clap? Thanks! It’s ridiculous. They say that front-line workers deserve all the help they can get but it just seems that the ones who are able to give us the help we need are not going to give us the help that we deserve.”

Edel Moore is a mature student originally from Westmeath but living in Leitir Mealláin in Connemara with her husband and three children.

A third year student nurse of NUIG, she is currently on placement at the paediatric ward at UHG.

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Island museum gets the green light

Declan Tierney

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An artist's impression of the proposed Inishbofin museum.

Work is expected to begin shortly on the construction of a museum on Inishbofin after planners gave the green light to the project.

The museum at Middlequarter is being developed by local historian and photographer Marie Coyne – and when completed, it will be home to items of historical significance from both Inishbofin and Inishark.

There is an existing museum on the island but it is too small to house the amount of artefacts, photographs and family histories that have been assembled over the years.

The new building will also include a photographic exhibition room, restoration workshop along with a gift shop and coffee dock. It is proposed that the new 3,400 square feet museum will be built on a site at the rear of Ms Coyne’s home.

Eamon Gavin of Eamon Gavin Architects based in Cornamona told the Connacht Tribune that this was an important project for the island and it was a welcome decision.

And he said that the green light would kickstart the process of conserving the vast and unique artefacts and archives built up over the years.

“As a practice, we have a long history of dealing with planning consultancy on unique rural sites in Connemara and the islands, therefore we fully understood how sensitive the proposed location of the project would be – the site is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and National Heritage Area,” he said.

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Tuam woman a picture of health a year after Covid crisis

Declan Tierney

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Tuam's Kitty Farrell with her dog Lulu a year after her Covid diagnosis.

Last year was a Mother’s Day like no other for Kitty Farrell who spent it in the back of an ambulance being rushed to hospital with Covid – but the 80 year old Tuam woman can look forward to a more sedate celebration this time out….thankfully restored back to full health.

Kitty, from Ballygaddy Road, had developed a debilitating cough the previous week – and when she was admitted to UHG on Mother’s Day, she tested positive for the coronavirus despite a lack of symptoms.

The retired businesswoman spent the next nine days seriously ill in isolation – and all alone as her four children could not visit her.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come through it but I was so sick that at times, it didn’t really matter. But the thought of passing away in isolation made a bad situation even worse,” Kitty said at the time.

A year on, she is back to full health, and while she restricts her movements, Kitty told The Connacht Tribune that she is just happy to be alive and she spends her days ‘pottering about’ and looking forward to the arrival of family members.

“Even though I don’t particularly agree with the current lockdown because everyone should be responsible for their own behaviour, I am living a life of relative isolation at the moment,” she said.

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