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O’Connell’s goal proves vital as St James’ squeeze home

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St James' Aaron Connolly and Damien Boyle of Cortoon Shamrocks tussling for possession during Saturday's senior football championship clash at Kenny Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

St James’ 1-11

Cortoon Shamrocks 0-11

ST James’ made it two wins from two in Group 1 of the senior football championship as Dave O’Connell’s second half goal proved crucial in their victory over Cortoon Shamrocks at Kenny Park on Saturday. In doing so, the city side heaped more relegation worries on Cortoon as Paul Bradley’s side have now lost their opening three fixtures in the group.

Without the injured Paul Conroy, James’ never really hit top gear but they looked in control for large parts of the game. O’Connell’s goal came in the 55th minute and put his side six points clear, 1-10 to 0-7, and though Cortoon mounted a late rally, James’ were fully deserving of the win.

Their effort wasn’t without cost, however, as Johnny Duane was stretchered off with a leg injury early in the second period and were he to join Conroy on the sideline for a lengthy spell, it would be a major blow.

Both teams made a slow start to the game and the small crowd in attendance had to wait until the eighth minute for the game’s first score when Adrian Varley fired over a neat effort from the left-hand side.

St James’ responded well and were ahead inside the next 90 seconds. Eoin Concannon got the city side off the mark with a free in the ninth minute. Aaron Connolly then won a mark from the restart before sending a long ball into Concannon close to goal. The full-forward laid the ball off to Ronan O’Connell before Concannon came around on the loop and kicked the ball over the bar.

That play set the tone for much of the first half in which St James’ dominated proceedings around midfield and weren’t afraid to launch the ball into their full-forward line. The city side won all of their own kickouts in those 30 minutes while also winning the majority of Cortoon’s.

Martin Boyle drew the sides level with a sweetly converted free in the 18th minute before Ronan O’Connell pushed James’ ahead again. Cortoon then hit two scores on the bounce to take a 0-4 to 0-3 lead, Hugh McDonagh and Adrian Varley raising white flags.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.

While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.

“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.

“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.

But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.

The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.

She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.

The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.

“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.

“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.

But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.

The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.

To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.

But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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