Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
FROM the trauma of Tullamore to the collapse in Castlebar, this summer certainly has been rough on Galway GAA fans who could see both of the county’s flagship teams go out of the championship within a fortnight after yet another tale of woe from MacHale Park on Sunday.
The gloom which seems to have engulfed Galway sports teams during this washout of a summer showed no signs of abating as the footballers bowed out of the Connacht Championship with a whimper, before being handed a tough draw away to Meath in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
As if the hurlers’ collapse against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final was not demoralising enough, if anything the footballers outdid their small ball counterparts with one of the worst championship displays by a team in maroon and white in a provincial semi-final in years.
They managed one solitary point in the whole of the second half, as the appalling conditions set the mood for the few Galway followers who were very much in the minority in a crowd of 19,375.
With so many players out of position, and failing to come anywhere near the level of performance required, there were few positives to be taken from a fixture in which the Tribesmen managed to score only seven times.
On the basis of this performance, they will face Meath in Navan on Saturday week with trepidation. Michael Meehan might have made his long-awaited return after 14 months on the sideline, but this Galway side will not fancy taking on a Meath side who scored 5-8 (including four Cian Ward goals) against Louth on Saturday.
Meath away was always going to be one of the toughest possible draws from the qualifiers, a much stiffer task than the home game against Wexford which ended in a disappointing defeat and the end of Joe Kernan’s reign 12 months ago.
The game on Saturday week will be a repeat of the 2001 All-Ireland final between the counties, but for Galway followers the fear is that it will only serve to highlight how much the Tribesmen have fallen since the dizzy heights of that September afternoon almost ten years ago.
The slight improvement in form at the end of the League had given Galway followers false hope, as the reality is that Armagh have slipped away from the top tier in Ulster and Dublin were only going through the motions after qualifying for the final before the last game.
On Sunday, Galway looked like a Division Two side, bereft of ideas, and should have lost by more than the six point margin at the finish (1-12 to 1-6).
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.