Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Liam Mellows 2-10
A SECOND quarter purple patch, highlighted by two Aonghus Callanan goals, set Liam Mellows up for a 2-4 to 0-6 interval lead, but the city men were hanging on grimly at the finish in the face of a stirring Ardrahan revival at Kenny Park on Sunday evening.
The South Galway outfit had dominated the first quarter of this county championship clash, but didn’t make it count while a Jonathan Glynn goal after the restart was disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Paddy Gannon could have changed the game’s complexion.
The first attack came in the second minute and nearly yielded dividends for Ardrahan when Joe O’Leary’s long free was dropped by Gannon but he dealt with it quickly. Within a minute, Ardrahan were ahead when Glynn got his opening point.
Gerry Hennelly got a second in the fourth minute and after Tadhg Haran pulled one back for Mellows, another O’Leary free in the 10th minute gave Ardrahan a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage.
A long range effort from John Hughes brought Liam Mellows back to a point before Iarlaith Tannian made it 0-4 to 0-2 in the 11th minute. But Ardrahan had hit four wides by this stage and Brian Hanley’s Mellows team took full advantage over the next 10 minutes.
Starting with an Ardrahan attack breaking down in the 13th minute, David Collins read the breaking ball and sent a long delivery into the danger area. Callanan took the sliothar and ran at the defence before striking past Ciaran Callanan for the game’s opening goal.
The Galway inter-county player quickly added a point while John O’Halloran got another to make it 1-4 to 0-4 before Liam Mellows’ second goal arrived in the 19th minute. Sean Gilchrist was the provider; Callanan again the receiver as he turned and hit to the roof of the net to put daylight between the teams.
A six point cushion at this stage, Callanan also sent a wonderful effort from the right over the bar but had stepped over the sideline. Liam Mellows could have stretched their lead but missed four chances themselves as an O’Leary ’65 for Ardrahan coupled with a Hennelly point ensured only four separated the teams at the break. They could have been closer as O’Halloran got an opportunity near the end of the half, forcing a great save from Gannon.
But the game seemed to have swung around completely at the start of the second half when Glynn’s effort hit the net only to be disallowed. However, Gerard Forde raised a white flag in the second minute while a Hennelly placed ball brought it back to a two point game.
Liam Mellows hadn’t scored in 20 minutes but found patches duringthe half to chip in with crucial points to stay ahead and got three between the 14th and 18th minutes through Niall McInerney, O’Halloran and Haran.
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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.