Date Published: 05-May-2011
IN a way it was a bit like the 1916 rising for the little pockets of Galway fans making their way by the GPO along O’Connell Street — they were heavily outnumbered and outgunned by Cavan’s blue army who had come to town early for their big day out.
There is something a little incongruous about being in the capital on May Day for an All-Ireland final but the Dubs involvement in the league decider, meant that the under-21 showdown got promoted to Croker.
Make no mistake about it but this is the place to play All-Ireland finals. Over 42,000 people gathered to see a very promising bill, although in one of the vagaries of sport, both games turned out to be somewhat one sided affairs.
Anyway Croke Park was a strata removed from having to try and get through the Stasi style security cordons to cover matches in Sligo (mooted at one stage as a possible final venue), and Galway’s flowing style of football certainly benefited from the expanse of the country’s number one ground.
By noon in O’Connell Street, most of the Cavan fans were making their way towards Russell Street. Here and there, little maroon cells could be seen, but they were in a serious minority.
A marching party of about 300 members of the proletariat from Parnell Street chanted about the austerity measures being endured by workers at present and further on, Gardai in potholing gear, checked the sewers and underground pipe network, in case of any nasty surprises when ‘herself’ (The Queen) arrives later this month.
Word came through via the train travellers that the carriages were far from full on the way up from Galway, Athenry and Ballinasloe but that there was still ‘a nice crowd’ on board.
It really was though a ‘blue day’ in Croke Park. After the influx of Cavan supporters, the sky blue of the Dubs started to appear and the core of neutrals present were really hoping for a blue double. Everyone really does love the underdog and as it turned out the Dubs did have a great day in the sun — the Galway fans who waited on enjoyed that one too.
The Galway fan base, including the Dublin diaspora, probably did stretch to a few thousand but all seemed to be absorbed by the Cavan blue and none more so than in the opening seconds of the match when Niall Smith cut through the Galway defence to punch a point, and with a bit more ambition it could have been a goal.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.