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Jubilation as Leaving Certs make their marks in style

Stephen Corrigan

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The Codyre Triplets from Killure, Ballinasloe getting their Leaving Cert results. Tadhg and Barry (Garbally College) and Georgia (Ardscoil Mhuire) all got in excess of 500 points.

As the seals broke on over 3,000 brown envelopes across the county yesterday, there were scenes of exhilaration and relief amongst the class of 2018.

There was jubilation in Gort Community School as student, Olga Burke, received the holy grail of Leaving Cert results – achieving six H1s.

Principal of the school, Brian Crossan, said he was absolutely delighted for Olga, adding that results had been good right across the school.

“I’ve been in education for 27 years and to see someone achieve six H1s is great but Olga was involved with every aspect of school life – she was on the basketball team and involved in lots of extra-curricular activities.

“She had a fully balanced education – this girl is the full package,” said Mr Crossan.

“We are very happy with the spread of results. We are a community school and we cater to everybody’s needs so it’s wonderful to see even students who are not necessarily academic still achieving great results,” he added.

Some 174 students sat their exams at Presentation College Athenry and Principal Cathal Moore said staff were thrilled to see students reach their full potential.

“We had several students achieve the maximum 625 points – it was a very enjoyable morning,” said Mr Moore.

Principal at St Cuan’s College, Castleblakney, Collette Kennedy Walsh, said they were overjoyed with this year’s crop of students – 43 of them sitting exams and 11 achieving in excess of 500 points.

“They really are excellent results. Another 12 of them got over 450; there was no subject failed which is remarkable and of the 27 that took higher level maths, 23 got over a H3,” said Ms Kennedy Walsh.

In Garbally College, Ballinasloe, Principal Stephen Reilly said students were repaid for all the hard work put in – with student Abuzar Jawad achieving 613 points.

“The effort, hard work and commitment of the students, their parents and teachers is evident in the great results we have here this morning,” said Mr Reilly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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

Denise McNamara

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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!

Denise McNamara

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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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