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Kelly stands out as Moycullen scrape into knock-out stages

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Monivea-Abbey’s Brian Moran eyes up his options against Moycullen's Diarmuid Lee during Sunday's senior football championship tie at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

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Pádraic Ó Ciardha at Pearse Stadium

MOYCULLEN just about secured a place in the the quarter-finals of this year’s senior football championship thanks to a hard-fought draw against Monivea/Abbey last Sunday. In a contest low on scores and overall quality, Seán Kelly proved to be the decisive figure in the game as he dragged Moycullen through.

It was a superb performance from the Galway player, not only from a scoring point of view, Kelly finished with five points from play, but in terms of his general contribution, popping up again and again at crucial stages. Had it not been for him, it’s unlikely that Moycullen would be preparing for a quarter-final against Mountbellew/Moylough, as they are now.

With the majority of their other big name players failing to fire, Peter Cooke and Gareth Bradshaw both missed penalties, Moycullen can at least point to the handful of goal chances they created and, on another day, they might have won comfortably. Monivea/Abbey will have to look back at the game as a huge opportunity lost, however.

In what was a make or break contest for both sides, it was remarkable that neither ever really got going. The game saw only three scores in the opening 20 minutes with all three going the way of Monivea/Abbey.

It took until the ninth minute for Barry Moran to open the scoring for Brian Mulry’s side but they did manage to add a second score almost instantly when Shane King split the posts from 25m.

Denis Farragher was in for a busy enough day in the Monivea/Abbey goal and the captain was first called into action in the 10th minute when he did well to deny Seán Kelly from close-range, although the forward’s effort was down the middle.

Craig Kennedy put his side 0-3 to 0-0 ahead midway through the half before Farragher was called into action again, this time to save a penalty. Seán Kelly was brought down by Coleman Maher in the large rectangle and while Peter Cooke stepped up to take the kick, he saw his low effort saved by Farragher.

Moycullen did at last open their account in the 22nd minute when Cooke drove over a ‘45 but Monivea/Abbey responded with a score of their own from Brian Moran.

Moycullen were beginning to a make ground through the middle by this point, however, and Seán Kelly found himself on the end of a good move to kick over after Mark Lydon had initially won a mark in centrefield.

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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

Declan Tierney

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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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