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Clarinbridge camp on cloud nine!

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Date Published: 23-Mar-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

AS the messages of congratulations poured in from the likes of Sarsfields, Athenry and Portumna – those mighty hurling strongholds that, in their heady days, claimed All-Ireland Club titles themselves – Clarinbridge goalkeeper Liam Donoghue simply text back: ‘Now I know why ye held onto it for so long.’

If a picture painted a thousand words, then an ecstatic Donoghue was a Rembrandt. It would have taken two lorry loads of Roadstone’s finest to cement his feet to the ground and a day’s work from Paddy the Plasterer to conceal the broad smile on his face.

“Look it, it is beyond belief, but to be honest, we had huge confidence coming up here. I suppose, the expectation in the first 30 minutes was weighing us down a bit but once we went in at half-time level – and we knew we hadn’t really performed – it was then a case of throwing off the shackles and going for it.”

Indeed, given the O’Loughlin Gaels onslaught in the early stages, a lesser team might have capitulated but, as seen all year, the ready mix used to mould this Clarinbridge side is of a very high quality. “No, we didn’t panic,” agreed Donoghue. “That though just comes from winning games and the confidence you get from it.

“There was no one roaring or shouting – or anybody panicking – even in the first half when we went four or five points down because we kept chipping away. Everything they seemed to hit just went over the bar, so to go in at half-time level was just unbelievable. To get the chance to regroup and basically start again at half-time level was fantastic.

“The biggest thing for us then was our work-rate. We hadn’t been working in the first half; we weren’t closing them down, hooking or blocking. So, we basically said at half-time we need to leave everything out there. Everyone started hunting for the ball and it paid off. We won a free and went a point up and just drove on from there.”

 

Having suffered so many disappointments previously with club and county – including losing the All-Ireland hurling final to Cork in 2005 – the St. Patrick’s Day win at Croke Park for Donoghue was a big one long overdue. “It is an All-Ireland senior medal, and that is just beyond belief,” beamed Donoghue, as his feet began to twitch.

“You know, first time for the club, it is just amazing. It means the world to us and it is why we do it. This is for our families, for everyone. I just feel like jumping around the place.” And with that, Clarinbridge’s No. 1 takes flight . . . the soles of his boots fading from view as Donoghue springs over the moon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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