Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
CORINTHIANS rounded off their campaign with a 27-10 victory away to Thomond in their final Division 2 game of the season, securing a bonus point in the process.
However, the result wasn’t enough to allow them to sneak into an Ulster Bank League Division 2 play-off with Bruff as Bective Rangers held their nerve to secure a tense 19-15 away win at Clonakilty.
The Galway men knew from the outset that a bonus point victory was vital and an early Aaron Conneely try, after a quick tap penalty from fellow Irish under 21 star Mark Dolan, set them on the way.
Conor Murphy scored try number two after a quick turnover from Denis Buckley and some good awareness from Mark Dolan before Wayne Williams scored try number three just before half time. A penalty from Murphy and a drop goal from Diarmuid Waters left it at 20-3 at half time.
Thomond scored early in the second half through Dave Foley but Corinthians finished strong with Conor Murphy getting his second try after a Conneely break and some more good work from Buckley.
The win wasn’t enough for Sean Deignan and Paul Flanagan’s side to secure a play of place, but they can take pride in a great finish to the campaign and with such a promising young side, the future looks bright for Corinthians.
Connemara finished their campaign with another defeat to bring up the rear in Division 3, the decision to focus on developing a young squad meant they were always going to be in the lower half, but narrow defeats to Navan and Ards were particularly frustrating for them as they were worthy of a few points during the campaign.
The focus now is on securing their AIL status next season when relegation to the junior ranks will be re-introduced. While the squad will be a year older and wiser, there is little doubt that they will need to strengthen in some key areas if they are to ensure that they don’t end up in a relegation battle.
The Ulster Bank League will have a new look to it next season, with Division 1a and 1b increasing to ten teams each. Buccaneers failed to gain promotion to the top tier losing 23-9 to Garryowen in Saturday’s promotion/relegation play off in Dooradoyle, their poor run of form since Christmas proved costly.
Buccaneers will remain in Division 1b next season along with Galwegians. Corinthians will be in a new look 16 team Division 2a and will be one of the early favorites for the title having finished sixth this season. The top four were promoted and fifth place Bective play off with Division 1b bottom side Bruff this weekend.
Last year’s two promoted Junior clubs topped the Division 3 table and are a clear sign of the strength in junior rugby across the country. Seapoint and City of Derry will be major challengers in Division 2a next season.
The fourth tier next year will now be called Division 2b and will house two Connacht teams with Sligo joining the All Ireland League ranks for the first time since the mid 1990s. In a once off exception, all four provincial league champions have been promoted so Armagh, Cashel and Boyne also join the 16 team division.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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.