JUST when their season was threatening to unravel, Sarsfields struck back at Duggan Park on Saturday to book their place in the senior hurling championship knock-out stages.
Cathal Murray’s side suffered a heavy 1-24 to 0-14 loss to Gort two weeks previously and it wasn’t looking any better when Loughrea’s Brian Keary flicked a fourth minute delivery to the net.
But led by Niall Morrissey’s free taking and Joseph Cooney’s towering display at centre back, they hit six unanswered points to take control before Noel Kelly’s 31st minute goal gave them extra comfort.
It finished with just a two-point victory as Johnny Coen netted from a late Loughrea free and Mike Ryan’s charges will be under pressure, not guaranteed their place in the final 14 just yet.
After hitting five late points to beat Portumna, Loughrea started brightly leading 1-1 to 0-1 after four minutes. Jamie Ryan tapped over a Loughrea free before Niall Morrissey responded. But Loughrea struck the first big blow.
Coen held off pressure to send a ball towards the town goal in Ballinasloe. Keary timed his touch, enough to turn the ball away from Ciaran Dolan and into the top corner of the net.
With both teams coming in on two wins from three assignments, there was no overstating the importance of this fixture. And needless to say, it was also a crossroads in Sarsfields’ season.
Two impressive wins in April had them top before the inter-county break but the pressure was on and the 2015 champions found a way to respond.
Alan Ward converted on six minutes to start the comeback while Morrissey’s free taking was superb as he sent over two placed balls to level at 0-4 to 1-1. And the two players combined for Morrissey to score from play, giving Sarsfields the lead on 11 minutes.
Jeffrey Lawless got involved, setting up Morrissey for another before captain Noel Kelly split the posts on 17 minutes giving Sarsfields a 0-7 to 1-1 advantage.
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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
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.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
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.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
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