Date Published: 04-Apr-2011
by Rob Murphy
It certainly wasn’t clinical but this bonus point home win is more evidence of the progress Connacht are making this season, a sixth straight home victory on Friday helped regain momentum lost in Italy last week and pushes Connacht a little closer to their goal of at least a top eight finish.
It is no exaggeration to suggest that Connacht could have had seven tries in this contest. They had to settle for four, and the first of those came after just one minute with Fionn Carr demonstrating that he’s back to his best by finishing after a thrilling break from Gavin Duffy on the counter and good link play from Carr himself, then Ray Ofisa before the flying winger took the return pop pass out of the tackle and crashed over to score the quickest try of the Magners League season so far.
That start wasn’t built on, although Connacht certainly created more opportunities in the opening quarter, Edinburgh responded through Craig Laidlaw before edging in front when Scott Newlands showed tremendous power and agility to finish off in the corner after a superb pass from British Lion Mike Blair.
While Ian Keatley’s penalty on 28th minutes brought Connacht a little closer, it got worse when James King crashed through the over eager home defence and drove on towards the line for a second try. The centre showed great power but it was a major lapse and the lead was 17-8.
Connacht’s fightback began with just a couple minutes remaining in the half, a frantic series of attacks saw them keep the ball in motion with Mike McCarthy and Bernie Upton linking to get the ball out to Keatley his pass to Brian Tuohy on the wing created the chance, the winger charged towards the line off loaded brilliantly to Carr who was tackled without the ball.
A penalty try and a yellow card to Nick De Luca left Edinburgh reeling and Connacht were back in it, it got better almost from the restart as they attacked again, this time through Duffy who made a scything break before finding Carr on his inside shoulder, the winger was once again on hand to finish the chance for a 22-17 lead.
The contest remained frenetic in the second half Laidlaw kicked Edinburgh back within two just after half time but a try on 60 minutes wrapped up the bonus for Connacht and extended the lead. Keatley’s deft kick behind the advancing defensive line was perfectly judged for Duffy to crown a fine performance with a try.
Laidlaw kicked a penalty in the closing stages to raise Edinburgh hopes but Connacht stood firm thanks to a hard working defensive line, led well by Keith Matthews celebrating his 100th cap in fine style, up front Adrian Flavin came off the bench to make his century also.
See full coverage in this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.