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St James’ unable to cope with talented Mountbellew/Moylough sharpshooter

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Galway footballer Johnny Heaney presents the County Minor B Cup to Mountbellew/Moylough captain Oran O'Reilly after their final victiory over St James' in Headford.

Mountbellew/Moylough 3–9

St James’  0-9

THIS was by no means a one man show, but the display and scoring prowess of Patrick Kelly left an unforgettable memory on this County Minor B Football Final in Headford on Friday night.

Lining out at full forward, the Holy Rosary, Mountbellew pupil contributed 3-5 of his side’s tally and whether dominating in attack or whenever he drifted back out the park, he was in a classs of his own.

A first-minute goal set the early tone as the winners’ opened up a five point gap, but thereafter were largely matched by a City side who were mainly relying on the frees of Cian Gilroy to keep them in touch. However, Kelly continued to make an impact and the six foot plus teenager displayed all the artisry of the legendary Kieran Donaghy when fielding and finishing the second goal to give Mountbellew’Moylough a five point interval advantage.

Just before the break, heavy rainfall made conditions more difficult and the second half was much leaner in the scoring stakes, as some erratic shooting resulted in poor wides by both sides and while St James’ enjoyed loads of possession, they strugged to get a clear sight of Conal Docherty’s goal and the possibility of staging a comeback.

From the early exchanges, it was apparant that Mountbellew/Moylough had more to their game than St James’ as they mixed some slick passing and movement, with the use of the long ball, with Kelly in particular a regular target at the edge of the square. Furthermore, Dara Newell, Conor McDonald, Shane Coyle, Dara Nolan and Mike Mangan were also impressive as they enjoyed a dominant early spell.

Well worthy of their five point inteval advantage, Mountbellew were less clinical on the resumption as St James saw a lot more ball time, but the City side just struggled to break down opponents who got numbers back when dropping deep and comfortably defended their lead.

Kelly was also to the fore as Mountbellew-Moylough struck for a goal in the opening minute of the contest when a Cathal Donnellon delivery eventually made its way to the Moylough man and he finished from close range. St James’ responded with a neat point as Eoin Finnerty set up Darren McPeake to twist and turn and bisect the posts for their opening score.

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

Denise McNamara

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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

Dave O'Connell

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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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