Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
A ‘SHARP difference of opinion’ that flared up between Football Board Chairman, John Joe Holleran and selector, Martin McNamara in the aftermath of last Sunday’s Connacht semi-final defeat at the hands of Mayo on Sunday now looks set to be ‘parked’ as ‘a heat of the moment’ exchange.
In what was for a very troubled day for Galway football, as the side bade a very tame farewell to the Connacht championship at the hands of their greatest rivals, tension simmered on the line in the second half. Mayo grew more dominant by the minute, Galway were being hammered in midfield, and we took off three forwards!
Galway’s failure to win any decent vein of midfield possession in the second half against the Mayo brothers of Aidan and Seamus O’Shea, allied to the management’s inaction in making any switches in this sector, drew the ire of chairman John Joe Holleran, and also it must be said the vast majority of maroon supporters present in McHale Park.
The chairman, clearly aggrieved at the nature of Galway’s meek exit from the provincial series, proceeded to make his views known after the match to the management and the players, an outpouring of feeling that then led to ‘strong words’ being exchanged between himself and selector, Martin McNamara.
The Corofin mentor, who certainly wasn’t found wanting in his sideline efforts to ‘rev up’ the side during the match, took umbrage at what was said but peace eventually prevailed before the players departed what eventually turned out to be a very silent dressingroom.
It now seems likely that the matter will be ‘laid to rest’ without any recourse to disciplinary procedures. At times, feelings do run high in the GAA and both individuals were at least fuelled by a bit of passion for the game in the county.
An all-round bad day for Galway was made worse when a number of players decided to swop jerseys with their markers, leading to an official of the Football Board being given the unenviable task of entering the Mayo dressingroom charged with the task of recovering the maroon colours. His mission was apparently only a partial success.
Galway do have an official policy of not swopping jerseys, and while this might to be erring on the side of pettiness, a set of jerseys can set a county back over €1,200 a go. Also the sight of Galway players entering their own dressingroom with a Mayo jersey on their backs, after such an inept overall performance, is also understood to have ‘fired up’ some of the officials the wrong way.
In essence though, those matters were only side issues on an absolutely abysmal day for Galway football but there was little outpouring of emotion from manager Tomás Ó Flatharta, as he left the dressingroom at around 3.45.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.