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Mullins and Cannon to the fore in big Athenry victory

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Athenry full back Keith Jordan secures possession againt Salthill/ Knocknacarra's Keith Gleeson and Cathal Sweeney during the Junior A final at Kenny Park on Saturday. Photo: Joe Keane.

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Ivan Smyth at Kenny Park

ATHENRY scored 1-10 without reply from the 48th to the 63rd minute as they finished strongly to secure an emphatic victory over Salthill/Knocknacarra. Donal O’Shea’s tenth point of the game with virtually the last puck of this Junior A county final broke that scoring streak, but Athenry’s victory was long secured by this stage.

Salthill/Knocknacarra were aiming to win their first ever Junior A hurling title, but they struggled to break down the Athenry defence, scoring only five points from play throughout the contest. Despite this, they were within striking distance after 45 minutes but David Donohue struck Athenry’s second goal after a long range Cathal Keane sideline cut was mis-controlled by Salthill/Knocknacarra goalkeeper Ronan McGuinness before Donohue flicked to the net.

Despite a pair of O’Shea frees, Athenry then cut loose as they highlighted their greater spread of scorers with three of their substitutes finding the target and Darren Collins grabbing the third goal. This game proved a step too far for Salthill/Knocknacarra side who have made significant progress this year after reaching the knockout stages of the championship for the first time.

It was Salthill/Knocknacarra who started the stronger with Seanie Joyce opening the scoring. The midfielder added his second score a minute later from long range before Athenry responded with two points through corner forward Michael Mullins. Subsequently, O’Shea fired over a brace of placed balls to move Salthill/Knocknacarra two ahead once more.

The Athenry defence began to win their personal duels and this meant more ball was being supplied to their attack. Mullins pointed a free before Niall Sunderland’s side hit the front when Conor Cannon’s mishit effort was spilled by Salthill/Knocknacarra goalkeeper Ronan McGuinness into the net to give Athenry a 1-3 to 0-4 lead. Cathal Sweeney and Conor Cannon traded scores with a free by O’Shea reducing his side’s deficit to the minimum.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

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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

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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

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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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