Date Published: 11-May-2011
PORTUMNA may have kicked off their campaign determined to reclaim their crown, but Clarinbridge showed last Saturday that they are in no mood to relinquish the county title with this comfortable seven point win.
To Sarsfields’ credit, they were determined throughout the hour but Clarinbridge never looked in danger in their opening game as defending All-Ireland champions and found the crucial scores, including two second half goals, to ensure a winning start in Group C and taking other results into account, their place in the final eight should be secured before the summer recess.
Sarsfields beat St. Thomas’ (who comprehensively accounted for a Turloughmore team that drew with Castlegar) in their opening salvo but never looked like scoring much and were depended on Kerril Wade’s frees to stay in touch. In contrast, Clarinbridge picked off scores in patches when needed before killing the contest with their two strikes to the net.
Within three minutes, Clarinbridge led by 0-3 to 0-0 thanks to Barry Daly, Eoin Forde and Stephen Forde and while Wade replied with a free, Mark Kerins sent over a hat trick of placed balls to give the Bridge a five point lead. But they didn’t score again for seven minutes as the New Inn/Bullaun outfit came back into the game.
Wade tapped over three more frees but their two chances in the 12th and 13th minutes gave them their best chances of taking this game to their opponents. The first was started by Kevin Hynes who fed Niall Quinn and he picked out Wade just outside the area before the Clarinbridge defence took him down to concede the 20 metre free.
While Wade scored from this, he was involved in the second attack with Ivan Kenny as Liam Donoghue and Paul Callanan had to produce two crucial stops to avoid a goal.
Alan Kerins made it 0-7 to 0-4 in the 18th minute before Wade reduced the deficit to two with his fifth free. Clarinbridge finished the half strongly with four more unanswered points – Eoin Forde, a Mark Kerins free, Daly and Kerins again from play allowed the champions a six point interval lead.
The opening exchanges of the second half would be important as Sarsfields needed to use the breeze but Mark Kerins was on the end of a move involving David Forde and Alan Kerins to make it 0-12 to 0-5 in the 37th minute. Sarsfields eventually managed their first score from play 60 seconds later when Ian Skehill split the posts while another Wade free three minutes afterwards put five between the teams.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.