‘Money no object’ might well have been Liam Ó Mochain’s motto as he set about making his latest film, Lost & Found, which is currently showing in the Eye Cinema. It’s not that he had limitless supplies of cash – the contrary, in fact – but he worked out a way of shooting it over a period of five years, on a budget, in a way that allowed him to finance it himself.
It’s a film of seven interconnecting stories set in and around the Lost and Found office of an Irish train station and was mostly shot in Portarlington. All the stories are inspired by true stories, and they share a theme of something lost or found and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives.
The fact that it was self-financed is a fair achievement, especially when the cast includes some of Ireland’s finest actors such as Norma Sheahan (The Clinic and Moone Boy), Liam Carney (Red Rock), Aobhin Garrihy (The Fall) and Sean Arms of the comedy trio, Foil Arms and Hogg as well as Galway’s own Séamus Hughes (An Klondike). Liam, who is from Connemara, also appears, as well as having written, financed and directed it. So, you’d expect a high-flier.
But when he arrives in the Connacht Tribune office, fresh off the train from Dublin, ahead of a screening and Q&A in the Eye with Seamus, he’s utterly unassuming. Driven, alright, but no airs and graces. It’s just that what religion is to other people, film-making is to him, he says with a laugh over coffee in a nearby café.
Liam was reared in Camus and went to the vocational school in Rosmuc, before studying Business in the RTC. Taking that course was just a means of staying in Galway, he says, but his passion lay elsewhere. It was 1991 and Galway Youth Theatre had just been set up, so he enrolled alongside people like Tommy Tiernan, now a comedian, Alice Mary Higgins, now a senator, and Síle Nic Chonaonaigh, now a broadcaster and TV presenter.
He was also involved with the Irish language National Youth Theatre and set up a drama society in the RTC.
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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.
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