Date Published: 16-May-2011
St. James’ 1-9
HAVING spent so many years trying to attain senior status, St James’ challenge is now remaining at the highest level in the county as Saturday evening’s encounter with Claregalway demonstrated how significant the jump from the intermediate ranks actually is.
Eoin O’Donnellan has put his own stamp on a Claregalway side that has increased in strength and depth since they became a senior club themselves nearly a decade ago back in 2002. O’Donnellan has brought organisation and a sense of determination to Claregalway’s approach and from the first whistle, it was apparent that James’ were going to be troubled.
In one way it is tougher than usual on James’ to preserve their place at the top table simply because of the new relegation system now in place. No longer will a couple of home League wins against understrength and disinterested opponents suffice, serious championship performances are required.
Early on Claregalway were cute and exploited St James’ uncertainty expertly as they sought to involve Danny Cummins at every opportunity. Cummins, the All Ireland under 21 winner, has been a key performer in this competition for a couple of summers and his ability helped Claregalway settle impressively.
Paul McGuinness and Martin Kelly pointed inside four minutes and though the hard working Sean Donnellan responded, Claregalway were firmly in control. Barry Cullinane’s solid aerial presence at centrefield meant that Cummins was profiting from the steady stream of possession that was being fed towards the Claregalway attack.
Either side of two smashing Cummins points, Brian Moran also found the range as Claregalway’s dominance was reflected by the 0-5 to 0-1 lead they held after 11 minutes. James’ were only showing traces of the grit that brought them the County Intermediate title in 2010, but Eoin Concannon and Donnellan raised white flags to trim the deficit.
Claregalway, though, were continuing to find joy when delivering quick ball and Cummins’ 17th minute flick created a goalscoring chance for Galway goalkeeper Adrian Faherty, a resorceful corner forward for his club, and the James’ net bulged.
From there until half-time James’ perspired, but they could only manage a long distance point from Dave O’Connell and a free from Eoin Concannon while Claregalway were efficient as Kelly kicked a free and Fahetry slotted a 45 into the teeth of a decent breeze.
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.