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Tierney holds his nerve to earn gallant Oughterard a second chance

Dara Bradley



Oughterard’s Patrick Walsh is chased by Micheal Breathnach's Maidhc O Conghaile during the Galway Intermediate football final at Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photos: Enda Noone.

Micheál Breathnach 0-14

Oughterard 0-14

THE final few moments of the Galway intermediate football final are all a bit of a blur. But here’s what we know.

Just on the stroke of the final minute of normal time, Seán Denvir – a second-half revelation for Mícheál Breathnach – set-up teammate Ruadhán Ó Curraoin for his fifth point of the day, and his team’s fourteenth.

After an incredible 30-minutes rollercoaster of football, that shot fired Na Breathnaigh into a one-point lead as the clock ticked into the two-minutes injury time that was signalled.

Then came high drama. Oughterard midfielder Enda Tierney took a pot-shot at the posts from distance but his attempt at a leveller dropped just short into the hands of Mícheál Breathnach’s ‘keeper, Rónán Ó Beoláin. All over . . . or so we thought!

Ó Beoláin was dispossessed – probably illegally – as he came out with the ball. From the turnover, Oughterard’s Patrick Walsh gathered possession and headed for goal, with a number of men in white shirts scrambling back.

Walsh hit the deck, and most onlookers agreed that he was fouled . . . the only decision to be made was whether it was a free-in or a penalty. Again, or so we thought!

Referee Máirtín Flaherty, who was solid overall, wisely consulted for a lengthy period with two umpires, and came up with a sort of Irish solution to an Irish problem – he threw the ball in to re-start the game!

Oh to be privy to that conversation but we can only assume that Flaherty was told that Walsh was indeed fouled, but so too was Ó Beoláin earlier, and a hop-ball was the fairest outcome.

Oughterard would have felt justifiable anger if that’s where it ended, but play went on, and despite Fiontán Ó Curraoin winning the throw-in, somehow Mícheál Breathnach coughed-up possession, a costly turnover that gave their North Connemara rivals one last chance.

From the ensuing play, attacker Niall Lee earned a free about 43 metres out and up stepped Matthew Tierney, Oughterard’s talisman, who displayed nerves of steel aged just 19 to convert the last kick of the game in the fifth minute of injury time.

Matthew Tierney, Oughterard’s main threat throughout, proved the hero of the hour, as his class shone through in what was an unbelievably pressure-filled kick off the ground.

Most observers would agree stalemate was the fairest result, and there was huge relief around Salthill when he landed it because Tommy Finnerty’s charges would have rightly felt hard done by on the ‘penalty’ call if they’d lost this one.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Pubs to remain closed and restrictions on gatherings unchanged

Enda Cunningham



Pubs and nightclubs will not be allowed to open next week, while restrictions will remain in place on indoor and outdoor gatherings, as the Government decided to postpone Phase 4 of the Roadmap to Recovery for a second time.

It will also become compulsory to wear face coverings in shops and shopping centres from next Monday.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin made the announcement this evening, adding that the current situation will be reviewed again in three week’s time.

Asked if pubs would reopen at all this year, the Taoiseach said that due to the way the virus spreads, the Government “cannot give any guarantee right now2.

“International evidence shows very clearly that pubs and nightclubs reopening too early leads directly and inextricably to an increase in community transmission.

“I want [publicans] to know that I have enormous sympathy for their plight. The virus is taking away their ability to earn a living. It is stopping them from providing a key service in the heart of many communities.

“We have to heed our Chief Medical Officer and NPHET [the National Public Health Emergency Team] advice and we have to keep the pressure on this virus.

“I know this will come as a bitter disappointment to many people; the Cabinet has agreed to continue with the current public health measures that are in place. Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed.

“The current restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings will remain unchanged [50 people indoors and 200 outdoors].

“We will review the evidence again in three weeks’ time.

“This virus has not changed. It remains as virulent as ever and it is constantly on the search for new people to infect. It remains completely indiscriminate in its cruelty. But as dangerous as it is, we have shown we can beat it. Each one of us has the power to suppress it,” the Taoiseach said.

At a press conference tonight, Mr Martin also said that pubs which are currently trading (with food) will have to close at 11pm.

The Government has also announced that five locations – Malta, Cyprus, San Marino, Monaco and Gibraltar – have been removed from the so-called ‘Green List’.

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Influx of visitors heightens Covid fears

Dara Bradley



Saolta CEO Tony Canavan

Local health chiefs are planning for the worst case scenario of a second surge of Coronavirus brought on by domestic tourism – as ‘staycationers’ from parts of the country where the virus is more prevalent carry it into the west.

There has been just one new confirmed case of Covid-19 in Galway in the past week, and just a handful of new cases in the past several weeks.

But the authorities fear tourists from parts of the country more affected by the virus will result in an increase here during August and September.

There are also concerns that there are not enough beds in the public health system to cope with a resurgence of Covid-19 alongside regular winter hospital admissions.

Tony Canavan, CEO of Saolta, which manages public hospitals in the West, at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, said health workers are anxious that the deadly virus will spread to the West, as the reopening of society continues.

“There are concerns among those working in the health system associated with Government plans to reopen society and the economy, even though we know that is absolutely necessary and important for the well-being of the population as a whole.

“But the concerns we have relate to the greater movement of people whether it’s going to and from work, or going about their business, whether it’s attending the shops or entertainment events and so on, and that greater movement of people creates an environment where the risk of the spread of Covid-19 is increased.

“We’re particularly concerned in the West and North West, that there would be a level of movement of people associated with tourism at this time of year,” said Mr Canavan.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. You can also add the paper to your online grocery delivery; you can purchase a digital edition here, or you can have it delivered at no extra charge by An Post; full details are on this website.

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Chanelle McCoy unveils her clinically proven cannabinoid cure

Stephen Corrigan



Chanelle McCoy (left) and Caroline Glynn with their new Pureis product line in Galway this week. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The usage of CBD food supplements to treat a whole raft of illnesses and conditions in recent years has given rise to concern that many of the products currently on the market are being sold to consumers without any clinical trials to verify their safety.

It was the rise in demand for these products that first caught the attention of well-known Loughrea business woman Chanelle McCoy who this week, together with her business partner and fellow Galwegian Caroline Glynn, launched the first CBD product on the Irish market that has been clinically proven to be safe – Pureis.

Chanelle, whose family business Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea has a proven track record in the medical world, stepped back from that venture five years ago to focus on her own Chanelle McCoy Health.

“My family business in Chanelle Pharma in Loughrea and so I’ve worked there for about 18 years. When I joined the business, it was a veterinary business and my father and I co-founded the medical side of the business. Then I was lucky to have the opportunity to lead that medical business over the last 18 years with a great team and with Caroline working with me,” says Chanelle of the beginning of her working relationship with Caroline.

“We bought the medical business into 96 countries around the world and we got over 2,500 product licences granted across those 96 countries. We would be looking at products in terms of what to put into the R&D pipeline and I started looking at CBD back in 2015, probably inspired a bit by Vera Twomey and the inability for moms like her to access good quality CBD products for kids like Ava,” she says, explaining that Cork woman Vera Twomey’s plight to secure cannabidiol treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy was a real eye-opener.

Read the full feature in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. You can also add the paper to your online grocery delivery; you can purchase a digital edition here, or you can have it delivered at no extra charge by An Post; full details are on this website.

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