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Rocky ride in Ruislip should stand Galway footballers in good stead

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Galway football manager Kevin Walsh whose team struggled for fluency in Sunday's laboured Connacht championship win over London.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

GALWAY footballers may have endured a much rockier outing in Ruislip than was anticipated in the quarter-final of the Connacht championship last Sunday, but really the only thing that matters is that the Tribesmen came through this ‘no-win’ fixture against the London exiles.

Fielding a weakened team due to a serious casualty list, Galway’s only priority was to be still standing in the provincial title race after their weekend sojourn to the UK. Sure, they weren’t impressive but in the overall scheme of things would it have altered perceptions much if they had won by a point a man?

Mayo, for instance, cut loose against New York later that evening in the Big Apple and while they had 21 points to spare at the finish, it doesn’t really make an iota of difference ahead of their Connacht semi-final against either Roscommon or Leitrim. James Horan’s squad still ran up a horrible total of 18 wides but, like Galway, it was all about the result.

These games will at least have brushed off some cobwebs. Kevin Walsh had a bad championship experience against London in 2013 when in charge of Sligo, so he will be relieved that Galway eventually got the job done on Sunday. Of course, you can pick serious holes in their display and beating a Division Four team by only four points is worrying, but the reality check won’t go astray.

The potential for a shock result was evident at half-time when London retired on level terms, thanks in the main to a cracking Killian Butler goal in the 25th minute. The home team were well organised and committed, but Galway will still be disappointed over some poor finishing and sloppy turnovers.

Initially, it seemed that everything was going to plan. The influential Thomas Flynn, Michael Daly, Shane Walsh and defender Liam Silke were all on the scoresheet as Galway went 0-6 to 0-2 ahead after 19 minutes. There was really no early London storm to weather and a routine victory appeared on the cards.

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.

The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.

Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.

Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.

“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.

It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.

“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”

She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.

“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.

There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968

As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.

From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.

When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.

A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.

Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.

He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250,  the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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