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Turlough’s title chase gains traction with emphatic win



Turloughmore's Ronan Burke and Darragh Cooney of Killimordaly on the turn during Sunday's senior hurling championship clash at New Inn. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Turloughmore  1-14

Killimordaly 1-8

THERE was a strange backdrop to this lively Senior A championship tussle in New Inn on Sunday . . . and it had little to do with Killimordaly and Turloughmore heading to the heart of Sarsfields’ country to mark the club’s official opening of their impressive new pitch development in New Inn.

For Turlough knew regardless of the result that they would still make it through to the knock-out stages of the title race, while conversely Killimordaly knew that irrespective of their fate, they would still need to overcome Ballinderreen in their final group outing to advance.

It perhaps would be churlish to suggest that this match was therefore academic, but both teams were aware the fixture could never masquerade as a do-or-die battle. Yet, there was no short of intensity until Turlough upped the tempo on the resumption to gradually pull away.

A healthy crowd of over 2,500 turned up on this red-letter day for the Sarsfields GAA Club and with a lot of fringe inter-county talent on show, together with the prestige of the occasion, there was an obligation on the rival players to not go through the motions.

As it transpired, Killimordaly threw down the gauntlet to Turloughmore from the start and only for nine first-half wides, they would have enjoyed a bigger lead than two points (1-5 to 0-6) at the interval having been backed by the wind.

Unfortunately, this inaccuracy – they hit another six wides in the second-half – began to erode morale as Killimordaly could only manage a paltry three points from Paul Creaven frees over the closing 30 minutes. Though you couldn’t accuse them of throwing in the towel, once the game started slipping away the focus may have been on preserving energy for the critical Ballinderreen clash.

Though there was some robust defending from the likes of Conor Daly and Declan Connolly, and Paul Madden’s bustling aggression troubled All-Star Daithí Burke in the first-half, they had no real attacking spark other than the excellent Creaven, whose early goal gave Killimordaly significant impetus.

A lot of attention would have focussed on Brian Concannon, but a couple of early misses from frees were frustrating and he also tended to carry possession into traffic when bearing down on the Turlough posts. Killimordaly’s second county panellist, Jack Fitzpatrick, didn’t really dominate at centre back either.

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Nurses call in Chief Fire Officer on ED overcrowding



UHG's Emergency Department.

The nurses’ union has formally urged the Chief Fire Officer to investigate 17 alleged breaches of the fire regulations as a result of chronic overcrowding in the emergency department at University Hospital Galway.

It’s the second time the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has done so since Christmas, fearing the lives of staff and patients are being put in grave danger.

The emergency department was busier than normal last week, with between 222 and 251 patients turning up to be seen per day. On Wednesday of last week there were 53 patients waiting on trolleys, according to figures released by the Saolta Hospital group. That went down to 47 on Thursday and Friday.

This week has seen little let up. On Monday and Tuesday the number of people who could only get a trolley was down to 36 and 38 respectively.

Local area representative of the INMO, Anne Burke, said as a result of very high attendances at the temporary emergency department, management had opened a transit area where between 12 and 14 people could be accommodated in cubicles.

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Comer has eyes on the prize



Damien Comer undergoing an eye test at Specsavers; the Galway star is encouraging all to look after their eyesight and hearing.

If you Google Damien Comer, the first entry the search returns is a dedicated Wikipedia page, which declares: “He’s better than David Clifford”.

And while Wikipedia as a source of fact isn’t necessarily always reliable, who are we to argue with it?

But whatever about comparisons with Kerry greats, the Annaghdown clubman is certainly up there among Galway’s finest ever footballers.

Winning a first All-Star last season, from his third nomination, was proof of that. It was a special personal accolade, but he’d trade it in a shot for a Celtic Cross.

“It was nice to get but if I finish my career not having won an All-Ireland, I’ll be very disappointed,” he declared.

Comer hints that the 2022 All-Ireland final loss to Kerry last July was not one of his better games in maroon, and it’s one he thinks about regularly.

“Yeah, I would yeah, I’d think about it a bit. But I try to forget it as well, because it wasn’t a good day for me, personally, anyway.

“You try to forget about it and yet you have to try to learn from it and improve on the mistakes you made, and stuff you didn’t do that you should’ve done, and different things that you can bring to this season.

“It’s one that’s hard to forget about really because we were there for so long. Sixty minutes in, neck-and-neck, and then they just pulled away, so it was disappointing,” he said.

Damien Comer has teamed up with Specsavers to encourage people to take a more proactive approach to their eye and hearing health. There’s a full interview with him ahead of Sunday’s National Football League Final, is in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Galway publican reflects on traumatic journey that ended with his abuser in jail



Paul Grealish. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway businessman Paul Grealish remembers the moment back in 2000 when he was given a sheet of paper and asked to write about his life. He was on weekend-long self-development course that he’d been sent on by his brother John. At the time, John was managing director of their family business for which Paul and their sister, Joan, also worked.

“The course was probably done in an attempt to make it easier to manage me,” says Paul with a laugh, adding that he “was tough to manage” back then.

He was enjoying the course – until he received that blank sheet.

“I got about four or five sentences in, writing about my early life. Until I got to the primary school part . . . I was in tears,” he remembers. “I was so used to compartmentalising things, I didn’t see the danger.”

In the early 1970s, aged nine and ten years, Paul had been beaten and sexually abused by his teacher, Brother Thomas Caulfield, at Tuam CBS primary school.

He had repressed those memories for nearly three decades.

“You bury the memory, and you bury it as deep as you can. There’s an awareness of something terrible there but it’s too frightening for you to actively remember.”

Paul was so terrified of those memories that he’d lost all recollection of his childhood. He couldn’t tell his story.

He was meant to show it to one of the course leaders – a counsellor, he thinks. Instead, Paul put the nearly-blank sheet before the man and explained what had happened.

Realising Paul’s plight, that man gave him a list of phone numbers for counsellors in Galway.

“Every now and again, I’d look at it and think about ringing them but I didn’t,” Paul says.

However, the abuse that had robbed Paul of his childhood and blighted his adulthood with feelings of guilt and self-hatred refused to stay buried. Finally, he knew he had to deal with it. That journey began in the early 2000s and Paul finally got closure earlier this month when Caulfield was sentenced to 27 months in prison – with the final seven suspended – for his crime.

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