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Calasanctius boys are in different league

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Date Published: 01-Apr-2011

CALASANCTIUS College, Oranmore secured the All- Ireland U-19 A basketball schools title with a dogged and resilient display against a Castleisland side that pushed hard but ultimately fell short.

Oranmore were first off the mark with Donal Greene opening the score and thanks to some good link up play between Kenneth Hansberry and Padraig Burke brought the lead to 8-0. But as Oranmore’s height and physicality looked like being decisive factors,

Brosnan and Jones combined to bring Castleisland back to within two.

The Oranmore boys stepped up their defence with Burke and Dempsy pressing Castleisland’s two major threats. Excellent free-throw shooting from Enda Walsh brought the score to 20-9 at the end of the first quarter.

Castleisland set about reducing the deficit early in the second with some very quick play. However Oranmore are a resilient side and determinedly set about reasserting control with Evan Finn and Cormac Shields coming into the game to cover the fast break.

Ken Hansberry showed off his all-round skills soon after, with a shot from deep to move Oranmore ten points ahead again.

Calasanctius were almost mechanical in the manner in which they were dismantling their opponents. 38- 27 at half time.

The third quarter saw Oranmore under some pressure as Walsh had picked up four fouls by half time and sat on the bench early in the third. This gave Castleisland much needed confidence and they reduced the gap to six. Castleisland changed to a press defence and the margin was down to three points.

Brosnan was proving a consistent thorn in the Oranmore side and levelled once again with two minutes remaining in the third. John Finn called a time out to take back control of the game and Oranmore eked out a three point lead heading into the last quarter 51-48, looking under a little pressure as Burke and Greene had picked up three fouls each by the end of the third.

Oranmore’s Walsh and Burke scored in quick succession early in the fourth and once again set about putting some distance on the score board. It’s the hallmark of great sides that can continually up their game when required, a quality Oranmore displayed on numerous occasions throughout the match particularly by dominating the pace of the game and their defensive workrate.

Hansberry stretched the lead, scoring two baskets inside and then hitting a big three outside leaving Castleisland in no doubt why he won MVP. Declan Cahill hit three for Castleisland with two and a half minutes remaining, but it was too little too late. Despite Burke fouling out with two almost minutes remaining Oranmore ran out deserving 74-64 winners.

 

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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