Date Published: 18-May-2011
AT TUAM STADIUM
THIS match created its own little niche in the history of senior championship football in Galway producing the most eclectic selection of wides ever seen over 60 minutes of club fare in the county – the malaise spread through Tuam Stadium like a plague of locusts.
The final tally of wides stood at 28 and appropriately enough was shared pretty equally between two sides that did everything possible not to win this game. It was kind of fitting that the team with seven scores ended up taking the spoils against a side hitting the target on 11 occasions.
There were wides from 20 yards out and ones from 50 metres range and while a few of them did ‘shave’ the posts, more of them made a fair effort at dropping halfway between the goalposts and the corner flags. No one was immune from the contagion – the colour of the jersey mattered not one jot.
From a match like that, as we often ruefully reflect on from the bitter memory bank of the All-Ireland final of ’83, there is only thing that matters and that’s the result. This week, Annagdown will be well satisfied with a two point victory over a Mountbellew side that have been strong championship contenders over recent years.
It’s been a while since Mountbellew conceded three goals in the championship – they pride themselves on the meanness of their defence, a stinginess that often in the past had to compensate for scoring frailty at the other end of the pitch.
The signs weren’t good for Mountbellew when they managed to concede a 21st minute penalty out of nothing. Joe Bergin had caught the ball cleanly in his own square but referee Frank Kinneen spotted corner back Cathal Duffy tugging at an Annaghdown jersey and Frankie Burke fairly buried the resultant penalty kick to the back of Brian Donnellan’s net.
It was a piece out of finishing completely out of character with the rest of the Annaghdown attacking efforts. With Niall Coleman the dominant force in the first half midfield exchanges, Annaghdown created a whole series of chances into the town goal but only managed two points via Frankie Burke and Damien Burke.
Annaghdown shot 11 first half wides from near and far, misses that allowed Mountbellew back into contention with points from Cathal Kenny (2), Stephen Boyle and Paul Donnellan leaving them just one behind at the interval at 1-2 to 0-4.
Aided by the stiffish diagonal wind, the general consensus was that Mountbellew would settle down and grind out a typical workmanlike victory but two Annaghdown goal strikes from Niall Farragher in the 36th minute and Frankie Burke in the 43rd minute changed all that.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
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.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
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.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
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.