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Turloughmore turn the tables on county champions

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Turloughmore  1-13

St. Thomas’  0-15

WHEN David Burke fired St. Thomas’ into a one-point lead as normal time elapsed on Saturday evening, it looked for all money as if the reigning county champions would record the first win in Group 2 of the Senior A section, and that Turloughmore would be left to reflect on what might have been from an earlier position of strength.

James Horan’s side had only scored two points in the second half, both from placed balls, and St. Thomas’ had fired over three on the trot in the final ten minutes to finally take the lead after a much-improved second half performance. Surely John Burke’s side would see this one out to grab the precious two points on offer.

However, there were to be not just one but two final twists in the tale, as Turloughmore were awarded two long range frees within sixty seconds of each other, the second and most crucial of which seemed a very borderline call, and Jamie Holland stood tall to strike both with conviction and accuracy and spark joyous scenes on the Turloughmore sideline.

Make no mistake, this is a win of much significance to Turloughmore’s new management ticket, who are competing in shark infested waters very early in the year. St. Thomas’ had 17 points to spare when the sides met last year, so this was some turnaround and while there were obvious flaws to the Turlough performance, their commitment and intensity made up for those deficiencies and drove them to victory.

The most glaring of those flaws was that only three players managed to register a score for Turloughmore, and only four scores came from play over the course of the game. They were fortunate that St. Thomas’ accuracy levels were unusually poor, none more so than in the opening minutes.

Five times the umpires signalled wides as St. Thomas’ started briskly for no reward. Holland eventually got the new digital scoreboard in Kenny Park working with a sixth minute free that was followed by a decent effort from play after good work by Matthew Keating, better known as a defender but stationed for this game at centre half forward.

St. Thomas’ eventually drew level as their inside forwards Kenneth Burke and Brendan Farrell both clipped over good scores, before Barry McDonagh edged Turloughmore back in front. James Regan and David Burke were working well together in the St. Thomas’ engine room, and a long range Conor Cooney free and Kenneth Burke’s second put them 0-4 to 0-3 ahead.

From there to the break, though, Turloughmore wrestled back control of proceedings and Holland drove over two frees before landing an audacious sideline cut from just in front of the dugouts. Vincent Doyle then fluffed a goal chance after Cooney had knocked over a free at the other end, before Holland was called into action once more and obliged in the 23rd and 24th minute from frees.

St. Thomas’ were under the cosh but Cooney’s ability from distance got them another score on 28 minutes, but Turloughmore swiftly replied through McDonagh before Holland dropped a long distance free short and Keating held off a challenge to catch cleanly, turn and fire to the net passed Patrick Skehill.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Free House provides a launch pad for Galway’s musical talent

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Turnstiles...providing a launching pad for themselves and others.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Back in the summer of 2019, a series of ticket-free, DIY gigs took place in a packed-out Club Áras na nGael on Dominick Street. Dubbed Free House, the nights breathed life into Galway’s local music scene and raised the profile of the featured acts – as well as that of the venue itself.

It began as a vehicle for punk four-piece Turnstiles who – largely through bass player Jake Tiernan – curated and performed in the events and, as they went from the strength to strength, so too did the project.

Now, as venues prepare to welcome fully-fledged gigs back, Free House is returning, with Jake and Turnstiles’ drummer Luke Mulliez facilitating the project.

Beginning this Friday with two surprise bands back in Áras na nGael, the plan is to stage an event every two weeks.

When they first occurred, the gigs were defined by their inclusivity as much as the quality of the acts that performed. It was all manner of artist in a venue that could host any type of gig-goer. The challenge now is to cultivate the same atmosphere in an ever-changing environment.

“I’ve had this fear that, even for the next year, everything is going to have to be super regulated and what was good about those gigs was that everything was unregulated,” Jake admits.

“The furthest I can see restrictions going is a capacity limit so if they say ‘a hundred people max’ then that’s fine. We could have a hundred free tickets and I think we could get the same atmosphere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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One half of Hollywood’s golden couple sings Galway’s praises after trip

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Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello and his chihuahua Bubbles, with Fergus Lally of Galway’s Celtic Chauffeurs at the Cliffs of Moher.

He may be married to the highest paid actress in the world, but that did not stop Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello savouring the best that Galway had to offer – hailing the people, the cheese, chocolate and salmon during his trip west.

The American actor, who played stripper Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s box office hit Magic Mike, was not joined by Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara until a week later on his trip around Cork.

But he did ring his wife of six years in the US while exploring the countryside of south Galway and Clare with guide, Fergus Lally, who had picked him and his chihuahua Bubbles up from the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Bushypark on the city’s edge.

“I had a great time with him. I brought him to the Cliffs of Moher and along the way we stopped off at the Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory, the cheese shop at the Aillwee Caves and he had a tasting at the Burren Smoke House in Lisdoonvarna,” reveals Fergus.

“He had an amazing time tasting all the foods. The back of the car was full – everybody did well out of him. He was blown away with the places I brought him. He loved the history of the Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara. He was a great guy. I was delighted to drive him. The two of us just clicked.”

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Mini pause proves there are no easy routes to recovery

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Melbourne...continuous lockdown for most of the past two years.

World of Politics with Harry McGee

You think we have it bad this week – what with the delay in a full reopening?  You could be living in Melbourne. The city with a population of five million has been under almost continuous lockdown for most of the past two years.

Since March 2020, there have been 262 days of lockdown in Melbourne, across six periods where people’s movements were incredibly restricted. That included curfews between 9pm and 5am.

Australia and New Zealand were two of only a handful of countries in the world which pursued elimination, rather than containment, strategies with the virus, or Zero Covid as it was called.

For a long time, it seemed like the correct strategy, the one setting the standard. Both countries clamped down hard with very restrictive lockdowns and effectively closed their borders.

They threw all their resources into testing, contact tracing and even testing the wastewater. Those who were identified as cases and close contacts were isolated. The countries also introduced mandatory hotel quarantine.

And it was very effective; when the Alpha (Essex) strain hit Ireland and other countries in December and January, both countries were fully open and enjoying unrestricted access to stadiums, hotels, restaurants, schools. Anytime, there was the hint of an outbreak strict local and regional lockdowns were imposed, some for several weeks, some for longer.

Sure, there were long and severe lockdowns. But there was also a lot of freedom, over 450 days without restrictions.

The strategy only worked if you cut off the country completely from all other countries in the world. New Zealand, for example, did that because it did not have sufficient capacity to deal with the kind of crisis China and Italy had faced, when people died because they could not be intubated, or there were not enough ventilators to go around.

There were downsides. The cost, for one, was exceptionally high. It meant a huge diminution in people’s personal rights. Limited availability in mandatory quarantine hotels meant a lot of New Zealanders and Australians living abroad were prevented from returning home.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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