Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
Galway Garda 1-17
GAA Coaches (Dublin) 2-6
An exhibition of point scoring from Man of the match Cormac Bane helped the Galway Garda to their first All Ireland Interfirms football title.
In a match played in ideal conditions in a splendid Westmanstown venue (Lucan) the Galway Garda lead from start to finish for a deserved victory.
Leading by four points at the interval, the Tribesmen turned on the style in the second-half with a further 13 points, eight of them coming from the Caherlistrane sharp shooter in what was a great all-around performance from the Connacht champions.
The midfield partnership of Brendan Ryan and Shane Walderon swung the midfield battle in the Westerners favour; Niall Lydon, who scored the Garda goal, worked hard throughout winning a lot of procession and linking well with Bane inside; while Barry Burke and Pat Kelly were the pick of the defence.
The Galway men got off to a blistering start and were five points clear in as many minutes. Two Bane points in the opening three minutes lead the way, and the crucial score of the half arrived moments later when a fine passing movement set up Lydon who crashed home from close range.
Stephen Behan opened the Coaches account after 10 minutes but Pat Kelly restored the eight point gap a few minutes later for the Garda. Despite been on top for most of the match the Galway men were guilty of a number of bad wides and failed to add to their tally for 15 minutes.
The Coaches battled hard to get into the match. Points from James Glancy and Paul Faughnan reduced the deficit but Pauric O Connor had the final say of the opening period with a fine individual point three minutes from the interval.
As in the opening half, Bane fired over two early points, one from a close range free to stretch the Garda’s advantage to six in the early minutes of the second half. When Brian Meaney pointed moments later, the Tribesmen seemed to be coasting.
However they were rocked back on the heels in the 40th minute. Slack marking in the Galway defence allowed Ciaran Farrelly in for an opportunist goal but they soon regained the initiative with a superb sideline kick from Bane to settle any doubts which may have been lingering.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.