At the heart of the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak have been the medical professionals in our hospitals and surgeries and in the very front line is Galway football star Tracey Leonard.

An outpatient nurse in normal times, the Corofin native has been thrown into a role as a tester in UCHG’s drive-through coronavirus clinic, as dreams of winning a first national senior medal with the Galway Ladies footballers have been filed away on some future bucket list.

Leaders of the Lidl National Football League Division 1 as it stands, Galway – who finished runners-up in both national competitions in 2019 – and Leonard are in the abyss with all sports teams, with no collective training permitted, while they also have no idea when football will resume in 2020.

But 28-year-old Leonard has more important challenges ahead.

For now she is mostly testing her fellow healthcare professionals to ensure they are fit and healthy to serve the public, but they are all expecting a significant spike in their workloads in the coming weeks.


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