Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
THE last chance of win number eight might well have slipped away at the Sportsground on Friday night as a ruthless Cardiff side pounded their opponents over the course of 80 minutes and were fully deserving of this Magners League victory. Ulster and Munster are next up and Connacht have slipped back to ninth in the table meaning a disappointing end to the campaign now seems likely.
A victory at either Ravenhill or Thomond in the next three weeks would probably be rated as a best ever Magners League win for the province, but nothing about the way this side have been playing in recent week suggests that such a scenario is anything other than a long shot. Connacht are starting to limp towards the summer.
Friday was always going to be a tougher assignment then the six triumphant home games that had come before. Cardiff are a top six side, European Challenge Cup holders and well backed financially.
When a team like that decide they are up for a Magners League game against the westerners, nothing can be done to stop them.
Two crucial second half sin-binnings, countless handling errors and a lack of continuity at the breakdown could all be blamed for Friday’s defeat but even in a scenario where all was well in those areas, it’s hard to see how more than a bonus point could have been achieved.
Connacht didn’t have the quality required to challenge the Welsh out wide, especially in the centres where the home side were ruthlessly exposed as a non blunt force. Up front, the pack just missed Michael Swift’s brute force at times and they never really got to grips with proceedings.
As a team, to a man, Connacht were fully committed from start to finish and the attitude was bang on. Under Eric Elwood, the level of commitment and focus has been refreshingly consistent throughout the campaign and it explains a record haul of nine bonus points in the campaign.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.