Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
GALWAY will be without the services of Salthill’s Sean Armstrong and Michael Meehan for their Connacht semi-final clash with Mayo on Sunday week next in Castlebar – although the Caltra clubman does have a chance of making an appearance at some stage in McHale Park.
Armstrong aggravated the old hamstring injury last Sunday morning that has dogged his footballing career and looks set to be out of action for the next four to six weeks.
At last though, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Meehan, who has been dogged by injury for the past 14 months. He suffered a serious ankle injury in the championship defeat to Sligo last July in Markievicz Park and since then has done everything possible to get back playing, but a combination of ankle and knee problems has meant that he has barely kicked a ball since.
However over the past week, the Caltra man has managed to put in some football time on the pitch without any repercussions so he could feature on the bench in Castlebar but he definitely won’t be starting. His return to action will be warmly welcomed by football fans not only in Galway but all over the country.
Galway had an encouraging one point win over Cork in Ennis last Sunday and although the All-Ireland champions were missing a half dozen first choice players, it was by all accounts a very positive performance from Galway.
A number of under-21s have been introduced to the panel with Milltown’s Mark Hehir a likely starter on the ‘40’ against Mayo in a forward line also expected to contain Gareth Bradshaw, Cormac Bane, Padraic Joyce, Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon.
The starting midfield pair will be Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin with goalkeeper Adrian Faherty likely to be fronted by Alan Burke, Colin Forde, Jonathan Duane, Gary O’Donnell, Greg Higgins and Gary Sice, although the team won’t be finalised until early next week.
Milltown’s Diarmuid Blake has also recovered from injury and is back in full training but one of the midfield stars of the All-Ireland under-21 winning team, Thomas Flynn, has been understandably out of the frame for the past few weeks due to Leaving Cert commitments.
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.