Date Published: 18-May-2011
An Cheathru Rua 1-17
at Pearse Stadium
AN interesting first round senior football championship encounter that was stuffed with goals, drama, and controversy eventually ended with a merited win for An Cheathru Rua at Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening.
Rarely will a team score five goals and still lose, and while that is what happened to Killanin very few could argue that An Cheathru Rua weren’t the more competent team. True their defence was leaky, but with the de Paors so clinical in attack at the opposite end of the pitch the Gaeltacht outfit were utterly deserving victors.
Since their famous 1996 adventure that yielded a shock County title, An Cheathru Rua have only flickered occasionally, but following a fine triumph over Killererin on their own patch in the League recently the feeling out west was that this current crop might be capable of taking a prized scalp or two again. There was evidence to support this belief, but An Cheathru Rua will need to cut out the lapses in concentration that allowed Killanin remain in the hunt late on.
Cillin de Paor, omitted from Tomas O’Flatharta’s championship panel, was outstanding, ending the hour with a personal tally of 1-5 as An Cheathru Rua made a strong opening against a Killanin dotted with under 21s. Killanin have been forced to blood youngsters over the past few years, and An Cheathru Rua were eager to pounce after Stephen Kavanagh had kicked the underdogs into a seventh minute lead.
With Cillin de Paor able to cover the ground, An Cheathru Rua were moving the ball nicely early on and they hit four on the bounce. Cillin de Paor lofted two tidy efforts on the run, while Shane O’Súilleabháin and Eoin O’Flatharta also pointed.
Paul Maloney responded with a free for Killanin before Ciaran de Paor curled over the point of the game. Killanin, though, now possess Patrick Sweeney, a forceful forward capable of manufacturing and taking chances, and the Galway under 21 hero obliged in the 25th minute.
There seemed to be few options for Sweeney when gathering possession 30 yards from the An Cheathru Rua posts, but the Killanin attacker bulldozed his way past two defenders, and slammed a measured shot beyond Tomas O’hAilín’s despairing dive.
For the first time in the contest An Cheathru Rua were being examined, but they were still able to move in front at the interval as centre back Coilin O’Conghaile ventured upfield to stroke over a tonic point that left them 0-6 to 1-2 ahead.
After the break An Cheathru inflicted further damage hitting 1-4 without reply as Cillin de Paor cut through to blast a venomous 35th minute goal. Ciaran de Paor was showing well too as Micheal O’Maille’s charges buffer stood at 1-10 to 1-2 by the 39th minute.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.