Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
If you met Craughwell’s Alan Donnellan and were asked to guess his chosen sport, boxing would, in all likelihood, not be high on the list. Yes, he is built like the Terminator, but his soft-spoken style, good natured personality and beaming smile are almost a contradiction to the perceptions of his sporting occupation.
Don’t be fooled, though. It’s always the quiet ones. For in essence, Donnellan is fast becoming boxing’s silent assassin.
With three wins from his opening three professional fights, the 23-years-old light middleweight now seeks to continue his unbeaten run when he faces English opponent, Ricky Boulter in front of a home crowd in Leisureland, Salthill on Saturday, June 18.
This will be Donnellan’s fourth professional fight, having won his previous three outings – against English duo Ryan Clarke and Lester Walsh and Bulgarian hardman Zahari Mutafchiev – on points. Another victory would certainly enhance his reputation on the national and international circuit.
The night – entitled ‘The Fighting West’ – brings together some of the very best boxers from the West of Ireland and Midlands, with Mullingar’s JJ ‘Stick’ McDonagh facing Tommy ‘The Tiger’ Tolan in the headline super middleweight event in Salthill.
This will be the first time that an Irish super middleweight title eliminator fight will take place in Galway and with other boxers such as Connemara’s Colm Keane and Galway-based Mayo man Michael ‘The Storm’ Sweeney also in action, it promises to be a cracking night’s entertainment.
For Donnellan, however, his sole focus is on his bout against Southpaw Boulter, a Lincolnshire opponent who comes into this event with nothing to lose. The Englishman has fought 15 times to date, winning just once, drawing three, and losing no less than 10 bouts on a points’ decision. In order words, this guy can take some punishment and still go the distance.
Donnellan will be favoured to secure another professional victory, but he must be wary of an opponent who can throw caution to the wind for this one. The Craughwell boxer cannot be complacent. He agreed that Boulter could be “a very difficult opponent”.
“Ricky is about as tricky and as awkward as you could get. Essentially, he is a fighter. If he is in with top level fighters, he will give them a terribly awkward time of it. He is more than just a stepping stone,” said the Craughwell man.
“What I have to do, though, is focus on being the best Alan Donnellan I can be against a Southpaw and not worry about his record, his origins, his training partners or anything like that. I am just concentrating on being the best possible boxer I can be, and I am hugely looking forward to this fight.”
Another reason for his heightened sense of anticipation is that this will be his first fight in his home county in three years. No wonder, then, that a large contingent from Craughwell and its surrounds is expected to be in the City to support their local hero.
“The support from Galway is unbelievable,” beamed Donnellan. “I can’t even put it into words. It has been fantastic. You can talk about GAA rivalries, but I have had Craughwell, Turloughmore, Athenry, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan and Galway City people all support me at previous fights. It is absolutely incredible.”
Indeed, like so many, the orthodox boxer beg
an his sporting career as an aspiring hurler. “When I was younger, my cousins William and Charlie (Donnellan) were big into the hurling, so I played a bit of hurling myself. While I enjoyed that, I never really excelled. I never came into my own in that sport.
“I also played rugby and I enjoyed that – I played rather well – but, again, I never came into my own. Every time, though, I went into a boxing gym, I felt like I was something special. I felt like I was something a bit different. I always had very quick reflexes, and, thank God, I was always durable. I have never, ever been put down, never been hurt.”
Donnellan’s love of boxing was nurtured in the early years by Loughrea Boxing Club, before he joined Olympic BC in Galway. When he went to college, he founded his own boxing club at LIT – where he qualified as a quantity surveyor – before joining St. Francis BC in Limerick.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.