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Out-of-sorts Galway pay big price for error-ridden show

Stephen Glennon

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Galway's Joseph Cooney and Conor Cooney in a battle for possession with Limerick's Dan Morrissey and Sean Finn during Sunday's All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

REGRET is a sentiment Galway hurling folk are wholly familiar with but it must taste a great deal different this week following the dethroning of the All-Ireland senior champions by Limerick in last Sunday’s showpiece at Croke Park.

Over the past three years, Micheal Donoghue’s charges have been phenomenal, losing just three championship games – the 2016 Leinster final to Kilkenny and All-Ireland semi-final to Tipperary later that year and last Sunday’s All-Ireland decider to Limerick. The two knockout fixtures – to Tipp and Limerick – were both lost by a mere point.

In all, Donoghue and his squad have won 14 championship games – and drawn two – of their 19 since 2016. It is a strong championship record and, perhaps, it is this most of all that deepens the sense of loss this week.

For the over-riding feeling in the Galway camp must be that their latest defeat – as rare as it was – should not have occurred, especially under the circumstances it did. Yes, a fearless Limerick deservedly took the plaudits but the below par Tribesmen more than contributed to the outcome.

Absent from this display was the flow from previous performances – the succinct passing and movement that has carved open opposition defences in recent years – while the number of turnovers on Galway players over the 70 plus minutes was uncharacteristic to say the least.

In all, 3-7 of Limerick’s 3-16 – 3-9 if one was to include frees – could be put down to Galway errors, some of which were terrible for this level. It opened up the debate if Galway had gone to the well once too often in 2018 – had they been caught, as one former Galway player noted in the lead-in, by one replay too many.

It would appear so as the Tribesmen were a pale shadow of the side that, 12 months earlier, had claimed their first Liam McCarthy Cup in 29 years with a sparkling final display that had Waterford at sixes and sevens.

By half-time on Sunday, it was evident Galway were in trouble. They trailed 1-10 to 0-9 with Limerick corner forward Graeme Mulcahy forcing the ball over the line on 16 minutes despite the attentions of goalkeeper James Skehill and defender Adrian Tuohey.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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

Denise McNamara

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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!

Denise McNamara

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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

Dave O'Connell

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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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