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Charlton embodies footballing values of bygone era

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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

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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