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Leonard leads the goal blitz as Galway crush arch rivals

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Galway's Róisín Leonard scoring her team's third goal despite the efforts of Rebecca O'Malley of Mayo during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football quarter-final at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Galway 5-11

Mayo 0-12

GALWAY’S senior ladies football team are in the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 2014 after they inflicted another defeat over Connacht rivals Mayo last Sunday.

Two Roisin Leonard strikes along with goals for Caitriona Cormican, Ailbhe Davoren and Leanne Coen gave Stephen Glennon’s charges a more emphatic result then their two-point Connacht final success in setting up a showdown with defending champions Dublin on Saturday week (4.30pm).

It wasn’t without disappointment as Davoren picked up a serious knee injury with 15 minutes remaining which looks set to conclude her season.  But while concern for her, and clubmate Aine McDonagh, will occupy management’s thoughts over the next few days, the panel will sense an opportunity and possible Croke Park appearance is within their grasp.

Since June’s Connacht Final, Galway have handled the favourites tag well, flying past Waterford and Westmeath with an aggregate of 9-29.  And even though early nerves on Sunday meant a competitive first quarter, when they put the foot down, they left Peter Leahy’s team in their wake.

Mayo needed a strong start as they tried to leave their troubles behind. Twelve defections (including names like Sarah Tierney, Fiona McHale and Cora Staunton) were an unwelcome distraction but they started quickly as Fiona Doherty converted after just three minutes.

Doherty was Mayo’s chief scorer finishing with five points from play but didn’t get the necessary support from her attacking comrades. Outside the Moy Davitts winger, all their other points came from frees bar points from Sinead Cafferkey, Niamh and Grace Kelly.

Galway’s defence refused to yield until the final whistle. And after a few early spurned chances, the maroon and white were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead on 16 minutes. Coen sent over the equaliser before Roisin Leonard converted a free. But two more for Coen gave Galway a three-point lead.

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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.

Read Kitty’s full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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