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Hollywood star’s tribute to old Galway friend

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Hollywood legend Anjelica Huston has paid tribute to the late Paddy Lynch, describing the adopted Galway man as having been “a vital, energetic, agile presence” in her life.

The star of The Addams Family and Prizzi’s Honor, for which she won an Oscar, recounted it was Paddy who taught her to ride her pony ‘Honeymoon’ at the age of three when he set up the stables for her father, actor and director John Houston upon the family’s move to Craughwell.

In her appreciation, Anjelica said: “Paddy took me out on my first hunt at thirteen-years-old, and watched me as I was presented with the (fox’s) brush by the Master of Hounds, Paddy Pickersgill.

“Paddy drove my brother Tony and I, along with his kids, Patsy and Mary, to every local horseshow and gymkhana in the county throughout the long summers. Even when I didn’t win a rosette, a word of approval from Paddy would make me glow with pride. I think I was a favourite of his.”

The award-winning actress said she immensely proud to watch Paddy win the championship stonewall competition on her mother’s gelding, Errigal, bringing “home the big silver cup to St. Cleran’s”.

And I watched him proudly when he won the championship stonewall competition on my mother’s gelding, Errigal, and brought home the big silver cup to St. Cleran’s.

“Paddy had a great eye for horses,” she continued. “He and my father got along famously, and often went out on drives into the countryside with Betty O’Kelly to spot horses grazing on the hills, some of which they acquired and proved later to be champions.

“I remember Paddy in his kitchen, playing the accordion and singing in a lovely tenor voice, but I remember him most fondly in the horsebox, driving us home from hunting or a gymkhana, stopping to buy us fruit and ice cream, and we kids begging him to sing encores to our favourite song.

“The last time I saw Paddy, six years ago, he sang me that song. Now the angels are begging him for an encore. God Bless you Paddy and so much love,” she concluded in her moving tribute.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

Dara Bradley

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Leona Paula Leoncio...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.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

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.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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