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Recovery will be painfully slow into a different world

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Words of warning...GAA President John Horan.

World of Politics with Harry McGee – harrymcgee@gmail.com

Where will it end? The simple answer is nobody really knows. It’s like we’re wearing blindfolds in a darkened room looking for a door…with no handle. The Government has set out a road map for re-opening of the economy. It involves a gradual phasing-in of business activity. For those where they can get away with people not being in close proximity to each other it won’t be too bad. But for other sectors it’s going to be a nightmare.

Even when pubs, restaurants, hotels and airlines operate they will be a shadow of themselves.

Take airlines. How many seats on each airplane will have to be cordoned off? How are they going to manage herding people on and off the planes? How will they manage queues in airport terminal buildings? Will everybody’s temperature have to be taken? Will everybody be required to wear face masks? Will airlines still be flying to as many destinations? Will air fares face big hikes as fewer people fly and planes carry fewer people?

You can repeat that same exercise for each sector.

The pandemic has seen people adapt by creating new micro environments for exercise and discovery within their own 2km and 5km zones.

It’s okay having your home for an office if you live in a nice semi-d with a spare bedroom – but for poorer workers who share tiny cramped apartments or are living in bedsits, or who have to look after kids who don’t have access to laptops or tablets, it becomes a much more difficult proposition.

And if you work in a factory or in a face-fronting business it’s not going to be so easy. What are hairdressers and barbers going to do, or those who run small shops, or dentists, or physiotherapists?

Even with face masks, don’t count on getting your bouffant perm put into shape anytime soon (unless you are going over to the dark side and paying more for a sneaky cut).

Full contact sport will not resume until the autumn (that’s rugby and boxing). But even other team sports like the GAA won’t be coming back in any familiar guise anytime soon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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