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Maree come up trumps in top of table league clash

Keith Kelly



Aine McDonagh hit the last three points of the game on Saturday to clinch a 72-70 win for Maree over DCU Mercy in the Women's Super League.

MAREE’S two Super League sides completed the double over DCU on Saturday, with the women taking pride of place as they overturned the unbeaten league leaders in Oranmore.

In a game in which the sides were level on 10 different occasions, Maree came from five points down with two minutes remaining to seal a 2-point win as scores from Michelle Fahy, Carly McLendon, and Aine McDonagh – who bagged the last three points of the game – sealed the win.

The men’s sides from the two clubs went head-to-head in Dublin on the same night, and in another close finish, a Paul Freeman bucket five seconds from the final buzzer sealed a 73-72 win for the visitors.

There was disappointment for Moycullen in the Men’s Super League, however, as they lost 79-61 to Eanna in Dublin in the first of four consecutive away games that John Cunningham’s side face before Christmas.


Maree 72

DCU Mercy 70

A thrilling game with a nerve-jangling finish as Maree came from behind to clinch a statement-making win as they ended the visitors’ unbeaten 7-game start to the season.

In front of a packed gym in Calasanctius College, the sides went almost score for score in the first quarter, at the end of which the visitors led 24-22. It was a similar story in the second quarter, the home side talking the lead for the first time midway through the quarter when McLendon went two for two from the free-throw line.

The visitors finished stronger, however, hitting the last six points of the quarter to open up a 42-38 lead at the break, but Maree came storming out of the blocks at the start of the third quarter as McDonagh (2), McLendon (2), and Fiona Scally (4) all hit unanswered scores to push Maree into a 46-42 lead.

DCU replied with a scoring burst of their own, Nicole Clancy draining two 3-pointers – the only ones in the game – in a 12-point run to give them a 54-46 lead.

Alison Blaney and Claire Rockall halved the deficit with a couple of clutch scores for Maree, but it was the visitors who still held the upper hand at the end of the quarter, taking a 60-55 lead into the final 10 minutes.

However, once again Maree made a big start to the quarter, Rockall hitting six unanswered points to edge them in front, and the sides traded scores again before DCU opened up a five-point gap with three consecutive lay-ups.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Drugs raid on house in Ballybane

Enda Cunningham



The seizure from the house in Ballybane

Gardaí in Galway have arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Ballybane.
At 10pm yesterday, the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).
Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized by Gardaí.
One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.

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Galway ICU has 100% Covid-19 survival rate

Dara Bradley



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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – All Covid-19 patients who were critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Galway have survived the virus, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

While there have been some Covid-19 deaths in the city hospital since the pandemic reached Ireland, the survival rate of those treated in the critical care unit or ICU at UHG has been 100%.

The hospital has not yet provided an exact figure for ICU recoveries, but ‘rolling figures’ from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre – which do not account for overlaps of new ICU patients and those who are moved out following recovery – show that on one occasion at the peak of the crisis here, there were up to 20 people being treated for Covid-19 in the unit. This week, there was one Covid patient in ICU.

The ICU has not been as busy as Dublin’s acute hospitals, as Covid-19 has been more prevalent on the east coast. But the success in treating patients in Galway’s ICU has also been attributed to splitting it into two separate ICUs, one for Covid and one for non-Covid patients, which was facilitated by the deal negotiated with private hospitals.

Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of Saolta Hospitals Group, which runs UHG, said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any ICU deaths related to Covid, to date. There have been deaths related to Covid but not in ICU. That is good by national standards.”
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Galway Market to reopen – and go back to its roots

Denise McNamara



All quiet: the last Galway Market held two months ago.

From this wek’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 30 food growers and producers will return this Saturday to sell their wares at a smaller version of the Galway Market, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

A reduced number of stalls will be laid out to allow the two-metre distance between traders and each stall holder will be expected to maintain a ‘socially distant’ queue among their customers. Council officials will be on site to ensure things runs smoothly.

There will be no hot food vendors or craftspeople operating in this phase of the market’s return outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Engineer in the Council’s Environment Department, explained that stalls along Churchyard Street will not be erected at this time due to its size.

“It is a different layout and we are adhering to a strict interpretation of what a farmers’ market is – food producers, deli items such as chutneys, cheese, eggs and fish mongers. We will have one coffee van,” she said.
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