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Sarsfields carry the day despite sluggish start in quarter-final

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Sarsfields' Kevin Cooney who made an important scoring contribution in Saturday's senior hurling quarter-final win over Castlegar at Kenny Park.

Sarsfields 1-12

Castlegar 0-13

HURLING games are often decided off the back of one pivotal moment, one huge score either side that can shift a game on its head and kill a team’s momentum in an instant and for Castlegar that moment came off the back of a rare misjudgement from goalkeeper Johnny Murphy.

Looking good, two points up with 10 minutes to play it was the city side that held all the cards until a high ball from Kevin Cooney dropped in behind Murphy and into the back of the net, the catalyst for a comeback that sees Sarsfields book their place in the semi-finals with a two point victory.

Murt Connolly’s troops were in control for much of the contest but eight first half wides proved crucial, leaving the door open for the East Galway side when in all reality it should have been welded shut. Coupled with just scoring once in the final ten minutes, Castlegar leave the championship on a very disappointing note.

From the off, it was Castlegar who came out stronger, winning the key battles across the field as their speed at turning defence into attack seemed to catch Sarsfields off guard, who may have underestimated the threat their opponents actually posed.

In a ten minute spell of dominance, they would hit five unanswered points to rack up an early cushion. Jack Coyne, Enda Concannon, Ger Farragher and Oisin Connolly all taking advantage of the breeze to score from distance.

Looking to really kill off the contest early, Castlegar would begin to target goals while showing an ability to create these chances in different ways, be it Coyne running through the heart of the defence or Dean Higgins being set up with a long range pass but both times Ciaran Dolan would make great saves.

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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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