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Gort let slip seven point lead as title hopes take a blow

Dara Bradley

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Gort's Jack Commins tries to secure possession despite the close attention of Loughrea's Conor Jennings, Kelan Jennings and Paul Hoban. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Loughrea 2-14

Gort 1-16

Gort’s reputation as title contenders took a bit of a battering on Sunday as they succumbed to a second-half comeback from a hungrier and more battle-hardened Loughrea outfit.

The South Galway men had already qualified for the knockout stages of the senior club hurling championship prior to throw-in at Salthill. But the manner in which Gort failed to show-up after the change of ends for this Senior A Group 2 clash will worry anyone harbouring hopes of the 2016 and 2017 finalists going all the way this year.

This slip-up means Gort must play a preliminary quarter-final, while Loughrea, who finished level on points in the group table, proceed to the quarter-final proper by virtue of winning this head-to-head.

Mike Ryan’s men deserved it, in fairness. Loughrea were second best for most of the opening half, but they managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over even when things weren’t going their way.

The doggedness and determination to fight for every ball and fight for every score, that has become a trademark of Loughrea over the years, was evident again in the second half as they outscored their opponents by 1-8 to 0-3.

To call Gort’s second-half display a collapse is, perhaps, doing a disservice to Loughrea, but Ollie Fahy’s charges just didn’t hurl at all after the break.

Of course, the wind was a factor, but to raise just three white flags in 30-plus minutes is not good enough at any level and the fact that all of them were converted frees from Aidan Helebert – who landed nine placed balls in all – tells its own tale about where Gort were at in the second half.

Loughrea, by contrast, were full of industry after the break, and they immediately cut into the 1-13 to 1-6 lead that Gort had established in the opening half with a quick brace of frees from the excellent Jamie Ryan immediately after play resumed.

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.

Read Kitty’s full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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