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It’s a cakewalk for Galway in mis-match against the Deise

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Galway's Aine McDonagh giving her all against Caoimhe McGrath of Waterford during the TG4 All-Ireland ladies football senior championship tie in Birr on Saturday. Photos: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-12

Waterford 0-5

EXACTLY how beneficial this fixture was for Galway’s senior ladies football team probably won’t be clear until the quarter-finals on August 12, but manager Stephen Glennon won’t be complaining as his charges easily dealt with the Waterford challenge.

First half goals for Leanne Coen, Roisin Leonard and Ailbhe Davoren left no doubt about the winners as the Deise were condemned to the relegation play-offs following their second defeat. For Galway, they meet Westmeath this Saturday at Duggan Park (2pm) to decide the Group Three winners.

While the Tribeswomen’s focus will be on the Midlanders, they can’t deny that one eye will be on events in Dr. Hyde Park when Dublin and Mayo meet in an All-Ireland final repeat. The winners of Galway’s game face the losers of Mayo’s match. A formidable test awaits in three weeks time.

But after going seven weeks without competitive action before exiting to Cork in 2017, Galway were delighted to nearly half that gap from their Connacht championship success this time around. And should they keep winning, they’ll see action at least once a fortnight before stamping a Croke Park ticket.

This performance wasn’t without fault and the maroon and white couldn’t hide their rustiness in the first quarter. Waterford, sickened from a one-point loss to Westmeath, should have been good enough to challenge Galway but never really threatened the Westerners.

Tracey Leonard got Galway’s first point inside 20 seconds and she went on to kick two further frees by the eighth minute. They led 0-3 to 0-0 but were given chances to put the game away and Aine McDonagh should have done better when put through in the fifth minute.

Katie Murray finished off a three-player move for Waterford’s first score on 10 minutes but they carved open Galway’s defence and should have tested Lisa Murphy. They paid the price as Galway weren’t as generous.

It was surprising that McDonagh and Ailbhe Davoren didn’t swap roles as the latter stayed in midfield, but looked as comfortable as her Moycullen clubmate in setting up the first Galway’s goal on 12 minutes.

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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

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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.

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