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Clarke’s goal seals deal for Mullagh in a dour group battle

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Date Published: 24-May-2011

Mullagh 1-12

Athenry 0-11

STEPHEN GLENNON

IN LOUGHREA

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Following a defensive pile-up, which resulted in Galway defender Ciaran O’Donovan having to be withdrawn with a fractured shoulder blade, the sliotar squirted out to the grateful Clarke and he made no mistake in dispatching his effort from close range.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.

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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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