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Looking for a value punt – back Galway to capture Sam at 10/1

John McIntyre

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FLASHBACK: The Galway team which defeated Limerick, in the All Ireland senior camogie championship in Killimor in June of 2006. Front row, from left: Brenda Kerins, Nicola Gavin, Aine Hillary, Sara Noone, Orla Kilkenny, Stephanie Gannon and Regina Glynn. Standing, from left: Ann Marie Hayes, Lourda Kavanagh, Brenda Hanney, Aislinn Connolly, Ailbhe Kelly, Therese Maher, Sinead Cahalan and Veronica Curtin.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

It comes as no surprise that Galway footballers have been backed into 10/1 third favourites to lift the Sam Maguire Cup next December after the GAA put the flesh on the bones of its revamped inter-county fixtures schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For what seemed like an eternity, we had to tolerate the doomsayers almost revelling in the prospect of little of no sport going ahead for the rest of 2020 following the Government’s introduction of a lockdown last March to tackle Covid-19.

Back then, and for many weeks afterwards, none of could be sure how the pandemic would unfold and for how long it would impact on our normal existence, but those of use heavily invested in sport were entitled to hope that the rest of the year wouldn’t become a write off.

Sadly, Covid-19 is still claiming lives and its shadow could lurk for many more months, but the overall health picture currently looks an awful lot better. We still have to be careful and responsible as the country re-opens for business, while the prospect of international travel ratcheting up remains an understandable concern in the ongoing battle with the virus.

In the interim, we can look forward to a really condensed timetable for the All-Ireland hurling and football championships. It’s the same as club level as the GAA gallantly tries to fit nine and half months of competitive action into about half that time. Not every stakeholder can be satisfied and if social distancing is still with us next winter, crowds at matches will be severely impacted.

There had been calls for the GAA to use the health emergency as an opportunity to trial an open draw in the football championship, but the provincial councils remain a powerful lobby group in the Association and were never likely to acquiesce to such a radical move even in these unprecedented circumstances.

The bottom line, as we forecast a few weeks ago, is that no safety net will exist in the football championship, but there will be a second chance in hurling for defeated teams up to and including the provincial finals. That is simply down to numbers . . . there are 33 contenders (including London) in football, but only ten in hurling.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley

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Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan

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Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

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State can’t leave Galway addiction services in limbo

Dara Bradley

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Any further delay in setting up an alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway City will result in more deaths, including suicides, of problem drinkers – and cause ‘total devastation’ to local families, addiction experts have warned.

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) has demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately establishes an alcohol treatment service in the city.

The professional body which accredits counsellors claims that GPs in Galway are ‘flooded’ with drink-related patients, and the Emergency Department ‘can’t cope’ with the level of alcohol admissions.

It said the long-awaited alcohol addiction treatment service planned for the city would save lives and save tens of thousands of euro on alcohol-related emergency admissions at University Hospital Galway.

Some €470,000 a year funding for the service was announced by the previous Government last December; and a commitment for the service was contained in the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party.

This week, Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton, a Minister of State in the new administration, confirmed that some €225,000 for the service from now to Christmas, is available in the 2020 HSE budget to get the service up and running.

Local addiction counsellors have now demanded that the HSE urgently hire the staff, and source a building, to roll out the alcohol addiction service, which has been absent for the past seven years.

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