Date Published: 28-Mar-2011
CONNACHT lost only their second game in eight Magners League outings on Saturday, but the defeat and the performance in their clash away to Aironi will be a concern to all as they head into the final four games of the season looking to secure a highest ever finish.
Aironi ended a 17 game wait for a League victory in fine style, playing an expansive and attacking running game against their visitors and inflicting what was Connacht’s third defeat on Italian soil this season, adding to the Challenge Cup defeat to Prato and the League loss to Treviso.
The failure to garner even a bonus point will rankle but they will also be aware that the performance just wasn’t up to the standard needed to take points on their travels – something they have mastered pretty well this season.
Wingers Kaine Robertson and Danwel Demas both scored their first tries in the competition as the home side adopted a strong running game that cause Connacht trouble. The third try came from South African flanker Gareth Krause who crossed for his second of the campaign.
Connacht’s try came from Ray Ofisa and while the return from long term injury of captain John Muldoon, in the closing stages is a bonus, the overall feeling will be somewhat gloomy this week.
The game was played in Viadana where the franchise is based now and, in a town with a rich rugby tradition, Aironi seized the initiative on a warm Saturday afternoon and early pressure yielded a seventh minute try for Rowland Phillips’ men. Robertson put boot to ball after a stray pass from Gavin Duffy and dotted down for Tito Tebaldi to convert.
Connacht settled and Ian Keatley replied with an 11th minute penalty, before Tebaldi drew a penalty attempt across the posts five minutes later. However the lead was up to 14-3 not long after when Demas kicked ahead along the line and Krause touched down for Aironi’s second converted try, with Brian Tuohy caught out by the bounce of the ball.
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.