Inside Track with John McIntyre
ANNAGHDOWN were the neutrals’ big hope of bringing about a changing of the guard in this year’s Galway senior football championship. Ahead of the county semi-finals at Tuam Stadium last Sunday, the prospect of six-in-a-row chasing Corofin coming a cropper against them was no flight of fancy.
Afterall, twelve months ago Annaghdown were on the cusp of a famous victory at the same stage of the championship only to be reeled in late on. They were bound to have learned from that experience and with county players, Damien Comer, Eoghan Kerin, Ciarán Duggan and Frankie Burke in their ranks, another major tilt at the title holders was anticipated
If somebody had told Annaghdown beforehand that they would land five of the last seven points; that Corofin would be reduced to 14 players for much of the second half; and that the champions would only finish with 12 points on the scoreboard, Alan Flynn’s charges could be forgiven for thinking that they were about to atone for their near miss in 2017.
Instead, they came up disappointingly well short despite a lively start. Burke (2) and Comer were on the mark early on, but incredibly Annaghdown failed to score between the tenth and 52nd minute of the semi-final. That protracted barren spell was a real killer blow and though they managed to reduce the gap to four points by the finish, the outcome was known a long way out.
Corofin were never going to reproduce their spectacular fireworks which destroyed Nemo Rangers in last March’s All-Ireland Club final, but they were still ready for Annaghdown. They were again admirably efficient and though the teams were tied at three points each in the opening quarter, they gradually began to pull away with points from Martin Farragher, Justin Leonard and Ronan Steede helping them to a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead.
Annaghdown had missed a few chances and free-taking was proving problematic but when Steede was dismissed on a straight red card early in the second half, it ought to have given Comer and company renewed hope. However, they were unable to take advantage on a day Dylan Wall was a big influence for the champions. Corofin were winning the tactical battle and unanswered points from Ian Burke, Leonard and Gary Sice (2) left them in command (0-10 to 0-3) heading into the closing stages.
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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