Date Published: 24-May-2011
A tally of 1-1 from Mullagh substitute Tony Clarke midway through the second half against a youthful Athenry outfit not only secured Padraig Donohue’s men a third consecutive senior hurling championship win but, more importantly, it cemented their place in the knockout phase in the Autumn.
In a contest that was more about perspiration than inspiration, Mullagh had edged into a 0-10 to 0-8 lead by the time Clarke – introduced just moments earlier – struck for the game’s only goal on 45 minutes.
Following a defensive pile-up, which resulted in Galway defender Ciaran O’Donovan having to be withdrawn with a fractured shoulder blade, the sliotar squirted out to the grateful Clarke and he made no mistake in dispatching his effort from close range.
Within a couple of minutes, Clarke added a point and, all of a sudden, Mullagh were 1-11 to 0-8 to the good heading into the closing minutes of what can only be described as a drab contest.
In fairness, the windy conditions were not really conducive to crisp hurling, while the stop-start nature of the match – both teams gave away some very cheap frees – also detracted from the tie as a spectacle.
In any event, Mullagh will be by far the happier of the two sides this week, having outscored their opponents 1-5 to 0-3 in the second period. Indeed, 1-4 of that total was tallied, unanswered, in the first 17 minutes of the half and this, crucially, was where the game was won and lost.
For their part, Athenry will be pondering on what they could have done differently. They had led 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval, after putting in a solid first half showing. By the end of the first quarter, Joe Rabbitte’s men led 0-5 to 0-3, compliments of scores from the extremely lively Conor Cannon (2) and James Divilly (3).
Athenry had played some good hurling in this time, but Mullagh, who had early efforts from Cathal Dervan (2) and Finian Coone, then cranked it up a level and hit four points through Coone and Dervan (three frees) to take the lead, 0-7 to 0-5, by the 24th minute.
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.