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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.