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Slick St Thomas’ carry too much class in robust affair

John McIntyre

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Killimordaly's Brian Concannon is chased by St Thomas' Eanna Burke and David Burke during the senior hurling quarter-final at Duggan Park on Saturday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

St Thomas’ 1-23

Killimordaly 2-16

ST Thomas’ are still standing in their quest for a landmark hat-trick of Galway senior hurling titles thanks chiefly to their ability to keep coming up with scores when they needed them against gallant Killimordaly at Duggan Park on Saturday.

The champions were typically slick and cohesive – traits when had Killimordaly under severe pressure at times – but they also endured some valley periods against opponents who admirably soldiered to the finish, even if they were slightly flattered to be only beaten by four points.

After their ransacking of Portumna in their previous outing when running up an awesome tally of 4-38, St Thomas’ knew this quarter-final wouldn’t be another walk in the park, especially as Killimordaly had send them packing from the 2017 championship.

The title holders were clearly primed for a robust challenge in a match where referee Paul Fahy applied the rulebook too liberally at times Some blatant fouls on both sides went unchecked and it was no surprise tempers became frayed in the dying embers of the first-half. We are all for letting the games flow, but within some restrictions.

St Thomas’ have developed into a well-oiled machine – some of their innate link-up play was a joy to watch – and there was always the threat of them over-running Killimordaly, but a total of 10 wides, together with the never-say-die spirit of Gary Earls’ charges, ensured that scenario didn’t unfold.

Yes, St Thomas’ had gone 10 points in front (1-21 to 0-14) by the 53rd minute but Killimordaly kept rallying and a couple of well-finished goals from unlikely sources – midfielder David Concannon and centre back Jack Fitzpatrick – resulted in the title holders being kept honest to the end.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in now – or download our digital edition at www.connachttribune.ie

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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