NOT a contest to be in contention for game of the season, but Mountbellew-Moylough won’t worry too much about that after cruising to a facile 12 points win over a disappointing Milltown side at Tuam Stadium on Saturday evening.
Mountbellew-Moylough would have been fancied to take the spoils in this Round 3 game of the senior football championship, but most observers expected Milltown to put up a better battle.
While Milltown did have a sprinkling of good individual displays, in terms of teamwork, pace and scoring power, they were completely over-ran by a very focused and determined Mountbellew outfit.
Only for the supreme dominance of Corofin in Galway club football, Mountbellew probably would have a county title or two under their belts over recent years but on this form, they’ll give it a good go again this season.
Midway through the first half, the winners led by 0-6 to 0-0, and by half-time, when they had powered their way into a 0-10 to 0-2 advantage, there was no way back for Milltown – the margin of victory being the only issue at stake.
It made for rather painful viewing for the Milltown supporters and the neutrals at the old stadium – when a match is not competitive, keeping the yawns at bay is quite a difficult exercise.
During that first half, the Mountbellew forwards peppered the town goal with points as Barry McHugh (4), Cathal Kenny, Michael Daly, Colm Mannion and Paul Donnellan all hit the target – at the other end, Milltown’s two second quarter replies came from a Michael Martin free and a punched effort from Cathal Blake.
Milltown’s brightest period of play came in the opening three minutes of the match when they had one goal effort blocked while they had what looked like a pretty solid penalty claimed turned down by referee James Molloy.
With the aerial power of Milltown full forward Cathal Blake causing a bit of bother to the last line of the winners’ defence, Dessie Dolan’s side came close to having a whirlwind start.
Michael Martin had goal on his mind from about 12 yards out but his strike was batted away by a couple of Mountbellew defenders while seconds later, Mark Hehir got a pretty clear-cut nudge in the back as he seemed destined to find the back of the net.
It was though very much of a false dawn for Milltown as from there on, Mountbellew dominated across all parts of the field, playing with loads of pace and creating bucketfuls of chances into the bargain.
Their half-backline of Colin Murray, John Daly (back in action for a long injury lay-off) and Paul Donnellan mopped up anything loose behind dominant midfielders, Joe Bergin and Cathal Kenny.
While Milltown did up their scoring rate during the early second half exchanges with points from Damien Brennan, Michael Martin and Mark Hehir, any semblance of doubt about the outcome was removed in the 40th minute.
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Exploring the merits of moving into the west
Broadcaster Mary Kennedy has an abiding image of those early mornings when she’d set out from Dublin at the crack of dawn to begin work on another day’s filming down the country with Nationwide.
“I always liked to go in the morning rather than stay there the night before – so I’d be on the road early. And from the moment I’d hit Newland’s Cross, all I’d see was a line of traffic of people trying to make it from home to their workplace in Dublin,” she says.
These were people whose day began before dawn to get their bleary-eyed kids ready to drop at a childminder along the way, so they could be on time for work – and then race home to hopefully see those same kids before they went to sleep.
But if the pandemic had a positive, it was the realisation that work was something you did, not a place you went to. As a result, many people finally grasped the nettle, moving out of the city and sometimes even taking their work with them.
Which is why Mary – busier than ever since her supposed retirement from RTÉ – is presenting a new television series called Moving West, focusing on those individuals and families who have, as the title, suggests, relocated to the West.
One of the programmes comes from Galway, where Mary met with Stewart Forrest, who relocated with his family from South Africa to Oughterard, and Carol Ho, a Hong Kong native who has also settled in Galway.
The TG4 series also stops off in Sligo, Mayo, Kerry, Clare, Roscommon and Leitrim.
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Community’s tribute to one of their own – saving final cut of turf after his passing
A local community responded in force to the death of one of their own – a man who had given so much of his life for the good of the parish – by paying one last practical tribute to him last week.
They lifted and footed his turf.
John Geraghty – or Gero as he was known – lived for Gaelic football and he’d filled every role imaginable with the St Brendan’s GAA Club since he came to live in Newbridge in 1983.
He’d cut the turf before he died last Tuesday week, but there it lay, until his old GAA friends organised a bunch of guys – made up of the football team, friends and neighbours – to meet in the bog last Wednesday evening to lift and foot/clamp John’s turf.
“Upwards of 50 fellas from the community showed up,” said St Brendan’s chairman Gerry Kilcommins.
Which was just as well, because, as Gerry acknowledged, John – himself a two-time chairman of the club in the past – had a lot of turf cut!
“It took up an area around three-quarters of the size of a standard football pitch,” he said.
Not that this proved a problem, given the enthusiasm with which they rolled up their sleeves for their old friend.
They started at 7.30pm and had it done at 7.55pm – that’s just 25 minutes from start to finish.
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Liver donor dad would do it all again in a heartbeat
It is nearly two years since Paddy Browne gave his daughter Sadhbh part of his liver to save her life. And just ahead of Father’s Day, he reflects on how he would do it all over again in a heartbeat, without a single moment’s hesitation.
After an initial testing time in the first six weeks when they beat a path to the intensive care unit after the operation in St King’s Hospital in London, Sadhbh has never looked back.
“She’s thrived and thrived and thrived. She skips out to school every day. She loves the normal fun and devilment in the yard. She’s now six and started football with Mountbellew Moylough GAA, she loves baking, she’s a voracious reader – she’ll read the whole time out loud while we drive up to Crumlin [Children’s Hospital].”
But it could have all been so different.
Sadhbh from Mountbellew was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia shortly after she was born. She quickly underwent major surgery to drain bile from her liver. It worked well until she reached three years old when an infection caused severe liver damage and she was placed on the liver transplant list.
She was on a long list of medication to manage the consequences of advanced liver disease. While she lived a full life, she would tire very easily.
Paddy was undergoing the rigorous process to be accepted as a living donor when one of the tests ruled him unsuitable. His brother Michael stepped forward and was deemed a good match.
Then, further tests revealed that Paddy was in fact eligible for the operation and the previous result disregarded as a false positive.
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Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.