IN the fourth instalment of a five-part series, Patrick Earley reflects on his most memorable Galway senior hurling matches over the past 15 years. This week he puts the spotlight on those games rated 6 to 4.
2015 All-Ireland Semi-Final
Sunday, August 16, Croke Park
The beginning of an epic trilogy, Shane Moloney was the 73rd minute match winner for Galway against Tipperary in this epic All-Ireland semi-final five years ago.
Earlier in the series, we touched on Joe Canning’s defiant and mesmerising performance against Cork back in 2008 where the then 19-year-old almost defeated the Rebels on his own, well this game was similar in so many respects, only mercifully, the shoe was on the other foot this time around.
Seamus Callanan caused absolute wreck at the edge of the Galway square, tallying 3-9 (3-4 from play) despite the best efforts of Padraic Mannion and John Hanbury.
Hanbury even resorted to rugby at one stage in an attempt to quell the Drom-Inch man, hauling Callanan to the deck for a 63rd minute penalty with the sides tied 0-22 to 3-13.
This was a critical juncture and after a lengthy spell receiving treatment, Callanan stood up to face Galway ‘keeper Colm Callanan with the Galway custodian tipping the sliotar over the bar to minimise the damage.
In the three minutes which preceded that, Callanan made one of the greatest saves of his career from Lar Corbett’s first time pull, while Noel McGrath received a standing ovation upon his introduction, four months on from testicular cancer surgery.
For all that though, Galway were miles the better team but seemingly every time they built themselves into a decent position, Callanan would rattle the back of the net.
He goaled in the opening minute and despite trailing 1-6 to 0-5 after 22 minutes, Galway finished the half strongly to lead at the break 0-13 to 1-9, with Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn in subline form.
Callanan again handed the Tipp the dream start to the second half and after Galway drew level, he buried his third to make it 3-12 to 0-18.
The sides were level 10 times in all and when McGrath pointed in the 70th minute, one feared that it had been written in the stars for Tipp but Galway had other ideas and a stunning leveller from Flynn paved the way for Moloney to write his name into the history books.
Galway: C Callanan; J Hanbury, P Mannion, J Coen; Daithi Burke, I Tannian, A Harte; A Smith (0-1), David Burke (0-2); J Flynn (0-5, 0-1 free), C Donnellan, J Glynn; C Whelan (0-2), J Canning (0-10, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65, 0-1 sl), C Mannion (0-5). Subs used: J Cooney, D Collins, G Lally, S Moloney (0-1), P Brehony.
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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.
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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.”
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