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Two mouth-watering ties down for decision in Tuam

Francis Farragher

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Annaghdown's Damien Comer and Eoin McFadden of Salthill Knocknacarra in action during their sides' gorup stage meeting in Athenry back in August. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

IT all seems to be happening in a bit of frenzy on the Galway football scene these days as the Connacht Club championship deadline puts the pressure on to have county champions in place, at the latest, by the first Sunday in November.

Four clubs now remain in contention for the Frank Fox Cup and none of that quartet – Corofin, Annaghdown, Mountbellew/Moylough and Salthill/Knocknacarra – will be looking any further ahead than Tuam Stadium on Sunday.

The day starts early in the old stadium, with the extra-time option and the declining October light having to be pencilled into the equation as Mountbellew and Salthill square up to each other at 1.30pm.

That will be the curtain-raiser to what is expected to be the tie of the series so far, when five-in-a-row champions, Corofin, put their title on the line against neighbours Annaghdown (3.15pm).

This was a rousing encounter last year with Corofin just escaping with a point to spare after Annaghdown had dominated for long stretches of the game.

The biggest effort to get to the quarter-finals surely has undoubtedly been exerted by Salthill/Knocknacarra in their double extra-time ‘epic’ against Milltown that eventually was resolved at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

In the event of a draw in any of the semi-finals, extra-time will be played, and if the sides are deadlocked at the end of that, the clubs have been notified that there will be mid-week replays under lights at a venue to be decided.

However, how clubs would react to a mid-week replay in the run-up to a county final on the following Sunday remains to be seen. In the case of Salthill/Knocknacarra that would have them playing four weekends in a row (three of them with extra-time), a mid-week replay, and if successful in that, a county final three to four days later. Surely not a realistic scenario!

With the first-round of the Connacht club championship lined up for the Galway champions on Sunday, November 11 (against Clan na Gael of Roscommon or their London opponents), there is only week of ‘grace’ to play around with, in terms of replays in either the semi-finals or final.

The plan is to have the county final played on Sunday week next, October 28 at Pearse Stadium; and if that match did end in a draw, the replay would take place on Sunday, November 4.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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!

Denise McNamara

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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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