Date Published: 03-May-2011
THE Champions League Final that most football fans have wanted from way back moved a giant step closer to fruition this week as Manchester United and Barcelona warmed up for a Wembley date by brushing aside their respective semi-final opponents ahead of the second leg.
Watching it all – as he has been as a player and director for well over half a century – was Bobby Charlton, described by Alex Ferguson as the greatest player of all time and a man who achieved everything there was to achieve as a footballer.
His own story also featured heavily on the small screen over the last ten days; last Thursday the BBC aired a wonderful tribute to his life in and out of football, and that followed a weekend documentary that told the story of his lowest ebb after the Munich Air Crash, followed by the slow path back to his greatest high.
Sir Bobby Charlton: Football Icon might seem like hyperbole in any other case but this time it was more than apt – the man with the world’s most famous comb-over was a genius and a legend, whose quite demeanour belied a steely determination and ocean of skill.
Describing him as one of the nicest men in football might seem like damning him with faint praise, but the tributes from Fergie, David Beckham – before his trip to the tailors for his Royal wedding suit – Franz Beckenbauer, Eric Cantona and his more loquacious brother Jack clearly come from the heart.
And when you hear the man himself, you can see why; here stood a footballing legend in front of the Old Trafford statues of those three great United legends – Best, Law and Charlton – and yet he’s looking up at the bronze image of himself on a plinth as though he had won a prize to stand on the same platform as his heroes.
We didn’t have Sky in his heyday but the goals that were captured in glowing colour or grainy black and white would have been the work of genius in any era – and still in his seventies, this one club man stands on the turf of Old Trafford with the hairs still pricking on the back of his neck.
For more of Dave’s TV column see page 14 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel
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.