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Liberated Corofin show little mercy to hapless Clann men

John McIntyre

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A delighted Jason Leonard celebrates with Kieran Molloy after scoring the first of his two goals for Corofin in Sunday's Connacht Club senior football semi-final against Clann na nGael at Dr Hyde Park.

Corofin 4-22

Clann Na nGael 0-7

MAYBE Mountbellew/ Moylough had the right idea after all . . . for this is what can happen when a team engages the All-Ireland Club football champions in open combat and opts for an orthodox tactical approach.

Sunday’s Connacht Club semi-final at Dr Hyde Park wasn’t a match; it was a massacre. A superbly honed Corofin outfit trouncing the best Roscommon had to offer by a whopping 27-points.

It almost beggars belief – at least in the context of this mauling of a shell-shocked Clann na nGael – that Corofin almost came a cropper in the recent drawn Galway final against Mountbellew/Moylough

That forgettable defensive orientated struggle, and more of the same in the replay, was like chalk and cheese to this open and fluid exhibition of football as Corofin left their opponents chasing shadows from the off.

And how the six-in-a-row Galway champions thrived in such an environment. Their support play, angles of running, intensity and sheer class quickly turned this provincial semi-final into a turkey shoot.

Frankly, Clann nan Gael didn’t know what hit them. Admittedly losing key players Ultan Harney and Donal Shine close to the break did them no favours, but the outclassed Roscommon men were already haemorrhaging badly.

In a sign of the team’s growing frustration at hardly being able to lay a glove on Corofin, Shine was black-carded for dissent, while Harney got his marching orders for a retaliatory stamp on the excellent Dylan Wall, who was eventually forced to hobble off injured.

Despite having first use of the wind, Clann nan Gael failed to raise a solitary flag from play until midfielder Cathal Shine from the target in the 33rd minute. It was all one-way traffic as Corofin began at a blistering pace in reviving memories of their dismantling of Nemo Rangers at Croke Park last March.

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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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