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Improving Pearses in contention to now top their group

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Colm Raftery of Padraig Pearses is chased by Moycullen's during Saturday's senior hurling championship tie at Pearse Stadium. Photos: David Cunniffe.

Pádraig Pearses 2-16

Moycullen 1-8

PÁDRAIG Pearses ran out comfortable winners over Moycullen last Saturday evening to maintain their push for a preliminary quarter-final place in this year’s senior championship. The win means Pearses now know a win against Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry in the final round will be enough to finish top of Group 2 and secure promotion back to Senior ‘A’.

It was a strong team performance from the Ballymacward men as they led from almost pillar to post, winning by double scores in the end, 2-16 to 1-8.

The result leaves Moycullen winless and bottom of the group although draws in two of their previous games does give them a chance of avoiding the battle for relegation. David Kearns’ side will know that major improvement will be needed in their final game against Athenry.

It was Pearses who got off to the better start, grabbing the first two scores of the game. The first came from a superb long-range effort from wing-back Shane Raftery before James Gelston doubled their lead after good work by Ronan Bellew on the left wing.

Moycullen had created very little up to that point but they were back on level terms by the 14th minute, 0-2 each, thanks to a couple of scores from midfielder Eanna Noone. His first came from a placed ball after Conor Bohan had been fouled before Noone fired over a spectular effort from the right-hand touchline, over 65m from goal.

Unfortunately for Noone and his team-mates, Moycullen were guilty of a few sloppy wides not long after as Pearses began to take control of the contest. Colm Raftery pushed them back in front after a surging run though the middle before they had the sliotar in the net for the first time in the 24th minute.

Cyril Donnellan’s point attempt from 60m dropped straight into the net but, thankfully for Moycullen goalkeeper Eric Fox, Pearses’ Tomás Flannery was adjudged to have been encroaching in the square.

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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

Dave O'Connell

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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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