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Impressive Lally’s troops make short work of defending champions in county final

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St Thomas' David Burke getting the better of Liam Mellows' Adrian Morrissey during Sunday's County Senior Hurling Final at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Enda Noone.

THERE was quite simply no stopping the St Thomas’ juggernaut at Pearse Stadium last Sunday.

This display was as impressive a performance as there has been on county final day in recent times as they secured their third county championship in the past seven seasons.

Dominant throughout, Kevin Lally’s side never looked in trouble against Liam Mellows who put up a staunch defence of their county title, but they couldn’t come close to the intensity and desire of the St Thomas’ players on a day they simply weren’t going to be beaten.

It’s well documented just how difficult retaining the county title is, particularly in such a competitive county like Galway. Not since the great Portumna team of ’07, ’08 and ’09 has it been done and that stat will continue until next year at the very least but it won’t be that, nor even the defeat that will haunt Mellows, but rather the manner of it.

They were second best in every sector against the south Galway side. Few would have predicted a similar outcome to their earlier clash in this year’s championship – that a 0-23 to 0-14 victory for St Thomas’ in the group stage – but this was every bit as comprehensive, perhaps even more so.

St Thomas’ had stars across the board. Tadhg Haran, Conor Kavanagh and Aonghus Callanan were key men in attack for Mellows on their run to last Sunday’s decider, but they were snuffed out by the tight-marking trio of Fintan Burke, Cathal Burke and David Sherry.

Outside them, Shane Cooney excelled at the heart of the defence, while three of the Burke brothers; David, Darragh and Eanna were outstanding too along with Conor Cooney and James Regan.

The biggest difference between the sides however, was work rate and that’s what separated them at the final whistle.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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