THERE were no trophies handed out in Banagher on Saturday, but Galway would have taken satisfaction from getting one over Tipperary in the All-Ireland minor camogie semi-final.
Mairead Dillon’s stunning performance in scoring four goals ensured the Tribesgirls always held the upper hand over their rivals. At underage level, these two counties have been to the fore this decade and while Tipperary have slightly slipped behind, they were never going to make it easy.
Lorraine Larkin has now led Galway to a seventh successive All-Ireland final, but they face a tough challenge against Cork on April 28 after falling to the Rebelettes in the group stages. However, after overcoming the county that denied her in three finals between under 16 and minor, her squad will have taken a major lift.
Caoimhe Perdue converted a Tipperary free after just 51 seconds but Galway’s threat was evident in their first meaningful attack. Chloe Reilly set off down the left flank and just when the rearguard was about to swallow her up, she spotted Dillon who made no mistake with the first goal.
Tipperary set up to curtail Galway’s attack, particularly Siobhan McGrath who was man marked by Niamh Long throughout. And forward Laura Shinners was delegated the centre back role to cut out the supply.
But Larkin’s players stepped up as Reilly added a point, although the Galway manager wouldn’t have been happy with how her defence opened up on six minutes. Casey Hennessey attempted to gain ground and couldn’t believe her luck, getting within range before striking Tipperary’s goal.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Connacht Tribune marks Local Newspaper Week
Local newspapers around Ireland – including the Connacht Tribune and Galway City Tribune – are highlighting their contribution to their own communities by celebrating Local Newspaper Week.
Readers in print and online are being encouraged to support their local newspapers by buying a copy at their newsagent or taking out an online subscription.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin added her voice to support the campaign this week.
“Local newspapers hold a special place in our communities, telling the stories of the people who live and work in them, celebrating the vibrancy of the places we call home, and shining a light on the matters that are important to us,” she said.
“Growing up, the Northern Standard was a constant in my household. A cornerstone of our community. That close relationship with local newspapers is something that’s replicated in communities throughout the country, and it’s something to be treasured now and in the future.
“In recognition of the importance of local media, I secured €6 million in Budget 2023 for the establishment of the Media Fund. This will initially fund two schemes, a Local Democracy Reporting Scheme and Courts Reporting Scheme, which will be administered by Coimisiún na Meán on a platform-neutral basis,” she said.
Connacht Tribune operations manager Declan McGuire is the current President of Local Ireland, which represents publishers of paid-for weekly newspapers across the country.
“It’s important to recognise the contribution made by newspapers in print and online to their local cities, towns, villages and parishes,” he said.
“We are there week-in, week-out and even during the economic challenges of COVID when businesses slowed or stopped altogether, we kept publishing to keep our readers informed.
“We have come through recession, a huge loss of advertising to the tech giants, the COVID slowdown and now we face a cost of living and energy crisis, along with a 150% increase in the cost of our basic raw material, newsprint, over the last 18 months.
“We have had encouraging support from our Minister Catherine Martin, Government and opposition parties and we hope to receive more following the recommendations of the Future of Media Commission.”
Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes described local newspapers as the lifeblood of local communities.
“They are a mirror to our cities, towns, villages and parishes. Where else would you find coverage of news, sports, entertainment and local issues in such detail?” he asked
“We are valued as public service content providers and this has been recognised by both the Future of Media Commission, Government and our Minister.
“We face serious challenges to our journalism and are looking for Government support in many areas, such as funding from the new media commission, partnership agreements with the tech platforms, reform of our defamation laws and a fair share of Government advertising,” he said.
“We also need public support for what we do and the best way to do this is to buy a newspaper or take out an online subscription. We have never had so many readers thanks to our new digital audience.”
Magnificent property boasts all the elegance of a showhouse
Farrell Auctioneers are handling the sale of this magnificent home at Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.
Number 19 simply oozes style and there’s no question it’s right up there with the best of showhouses.
It boasts character and comfort with its design allowing light to flow brightly throughout – thanks to the large glass wall window it features.
A three-bed property, there is also potential for a fourth bedroom on the ground floor. The living area and kitchen are tastefully designed and laid out with modern day comforts in mind.
The bespoke kitchen is every homemakers dream, with its floor to ceiling kitchen units as well as many other features.
This beautiful residence is located within walking distance of Kinvara Bay which is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Not alone would the property make a beautiful family home and the occupants would have the benefit of the unrivalled natural beauty that the area has to offer, but this lively picturesque village has all amenities needed for everyday living such as schools, childcare, post office, a host of restaurants/cafes/bars, playground, medical centre, hotel, GAA facilities not to mention the instant access to a selection of beaches dotted along the Wild Atlantic way.
Selling agent Colm Farrell said: “This property has to be viewed to appreciate both the dwelling and the stunning setting.”
The asking price is €450,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Farrell Auctioneers on 091 632688.
Bemoaning loss of innocence in a sport driven by big bucks
Country Living with Francis Farragher
I’m not big into trying to resolve the huge issues of the world like wars, climate change or attempting to dethrone the obnoxious Elon Musks of this world, primarily on the basis that my influence would be akin to a moth trying to stop a herd of charging elephants.
And, I suppose at this stage, I have to accept that it’s far too late to try and call a halt to the World Cup proceedings in Qatar but for the life of me, the event doesn’t even send a sliver of enthusiasm through my nervous system.
Maybe, it’s an old-fashioned streak that’s there inside of me, but the thought of watching World Cup matches in the run-up to Christmas just doesn’t seem right. Okay, so it will be about 30°C in the heart of the Qatar desert but watching a World Cup semi-final in the middle of the Christmas office party is just a stretch too far for me.
Alas, World Cup memories go back a long way with me to a late Sunday in July 1966 when as a ‘small boy’ I was given the job of ‘minding’ the house while the ‘rest of them’ saved a small field of hay a couple of miles away from the house.
Of course, at the time there wasn’t even a faint chance of a black-and-white TV in the house, while visits to any abode that might have a telly, were strictly confined to a Sunday with the stipulation that Galway footballers had to be involved.
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