The most successful hurler ever, Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin has revealed what spurred him on to greatness – old video recordings of Galway’s hurling heroes of 1980!
The ten-time All-Ireland senior hurling medal winner, King Henry recalled how he would watch re-runs of Galway’s 1980 famine-ending triumph in the early hours of the morning during his college days at Waterford IT when he was supposed to be studying.
The video of that match – and the cup acceptance speech by Joe Connolly and Joe McDonagh’s rendition of the West’s Awake – proved an inspiration for the man who won eleven All-Stars during a glittering career.
He was speaking as special guest at the 53rd annual Galway Sports Stars awards on Saturday at the Galway Bay Hotel, where a Galway great of the 1980s, PJ Molloy was honoured,
Shefflin said: “I know the Hall of Fame here tonight is PJ Molloy. I was only one years of age, PJ, when you won your first All-Ireland . . . but I grew up and went to college with Damian Joyce, Shane McClearn and a few of the lads like Cathal Murray. They used to come to college and they used to bring down the DVD of The West’s Awake. I used to watch this until one or two o’clock in the morning – I wasn’t studying, unfortunately, we were watching videos of Galway winning All-Ireland titles!
“And then I went on a few years, and the great Tony Keady, who unfortunately passed away this year, and I spent a week with Joe Cooney a few years ago, out in Malawi. And again, I looked at those guys, I was nine or ten years of age at that stage, and these were the people, these were the role models that I wanted to aspire to.”
Some 18 different sports were honoured with 21 awards at this year’s event and Shefflin, who attended with his wife Deirdre, was impressed with the diversity of disciplines represented – at similar events in Kilkenny there’d be just two awards, hurling and camogie, he quipped.
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
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.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
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.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
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.
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