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Wheels come off Galway U21s’ wagon in more ways than one

Stephen Glennon

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Galway’s Tomas Monaghan setting up an attack against Tipperary’s Ger Browne during the All-Ireland U21 semi-final at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds last Wednesday. Photo: Enda Noone.

Tipperary 3-17

Galway 1-17

THE Galway U21 hurlers team bus wasn’t the only thing that broke down along the M18 last Wednesday evening. For against an under-rated Tipperary side at the Gaelic Grounds in this rescheduled All-Ireland semi-final, the wheels also came off the players’ wagon in an unexpected manner.

In an action-packed contest, the drama had begun well before the ball was due to be thrown in with news arriving at the ground that the Galway bus had broken down and the game would be delayed by 15 minutes until 7:45pm.

By 7pm, the young Tribesmen were out on the pitch, having a puckout around, and with the warm-up following, it looked as if order was restored. However, over the next 60 plus minutes, nothing would prove to be further from the truth.

Gone was the razzmatazz and fluidity they had shown in an outstanding Leinster championship campaign, with Galway opening proceedings with a glut of wides and, all of a sudden, you could feel it in the bones that something was amiss.

And so, it was. By half-time, Tony Ward’s charges trailed 2-13 to 0-9 and, more importantly, were a man down after senior player Brian Concannon got his marching orders for a jabbing action. As little as there appeared in it – and there may and may not have been provocation – once referee Sean Cleere’s attention was drawn to it, the outcome was inevitable.

Yet, for all that, coming down the home stretch, the Tribesmen, inspired by player of the match and captain Fintan Burke, had narrowed the gap to four, 1-16 to 2-17, and, with a simple tap over free awarded, looked set to reduce the arrears to a single goal with five of the seven minutes of time added on to be played.

The free had been earned by rampaging substitute Cian Salmon, who was not only fouled by Tipp defender Paddy Cadell but had his leg held as he sought to burst through the Tipperary cover.

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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