Date Published: 26-May-2011
St. Joseph’s College 44
Douglas Community School 42
ST. Joseph’s College (the Bish) were crowned National champions after defeating Douglas Community School in the All-Ireland U-15 basketball final last Sunday in the University of Limerick.
The Western Regional champions – having earlier defeated St. Aidan’s College (Cork) and St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) in the preliminary round – had advanced to the final despite a challenging and close semi-final against Colaiste Eanna (Dublin).
The Bish started the final with three quick baskets by Ciaran Conlon, Ciaran Barbour and Cathal Reilly. The sharp shooting skill of Ronan McKeown forced the Douglas coach to take a timeout to contain the threats from both inside and outside.
Lurglain McDermott played superb defence with the result that the Bish ended the first quarter leading by six points. The city outfit’s shooting guards Liam Egan, Mark Rohan and Peter O’Connor scored impressive baskets at the start of the second quarter and with Cathal Reilly dominating the boards, the Bish looked like strong contenders for the title as they led comfortably by 12 points at half time.
Douglas, however, started the third quarter showing they had no intention of surrendering their National title and Jack O’Mahoney and guard Liam Harris combined to contribute 14 points throughout the quarter. This brought the Cork school back into contention despite five vital points from Padraig Doran and Liam Egan.
Neither team had lost a game all year so the final quarter was understandably extremely tense and the large crowd added to this atmosphere. The Bish managed throughout the final quarter to maintain a slender lead with superb post moves from captains Peter Cooke and Padraig Doran and solid outside shooting from Peter O’Connor and Liam Egan.
Mark Rohan controlled the point exceptionally well and his decision making was crucial in the final minutes. Douglas managed to equalise with 11 seconds on the clock but, in the end, the Bish managed to secure a memorable victory when Padraig Doran, playing a captain’s role, managed to grab a big rebound and fired the ball nto the basket.
Bish coach Brendan Doheny said: “This team possesses a self confidence and an inner belief that I knew would carry them over the line. It really shows that hard work and dedication does pay dividends and clearly stands to you on court. We are so proud of these boys.
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.