Kilkerrin Clonberne 2-19
STEPHEN GLENNON IN BALLINTUBBER
FOR over two decades, Carnacon were the team to beat in Connacht ladies’ football, but all that has changed in recent times. Indeed, with this emphatic provincial semi-final victory over the Mayo champions, Kilkerrin/Clonberne have now firmly established themselves as the ruling dynasty.
Once the latest restrictions are lifted, Kevin Reidy’s charges will look to secure the three-in-a-row of provincial crowns – and their fifth senior title in seven years – and, on the evidence of this display, the holders look a safe bet to make short work of Sligo winners, St. Nathy’s, in the decider.
Aside from the first quarter, when Kilkerrin/Clonberne let down their guard and conceded a goal to leave the sides tied at the first water break, they never looked in any real trouble. By half-time, the victors had raced into a 1-10 to 1-6 lead and, from there on in, they didn’t look back, outscoring a wind-assisted Carnacon 1-9 to 1-0 in the second period.
To the fore for the winners was Olivia Divilly. Every time she had the ball in hand, a surge of electricity coursed through the Kilkerrin/Clonberne attack. Her speed was lightening, her boot was thunder. She finished with a personal tally of 1-7, 0-5 frees. Divilly was ably assisted in tormenting the Carnacon cover by Chloe Miskell and Ailish Morrissey.
Further back the field, the Ward sisters, Louise and Nicola, sliced and diced their way through the middle third with their trademark lung-bursting runs. Hannah Noone was also prominent when picking off two points from the wing-back berth.
Defensively, Kilkerrin/Clonberne was also sound, particularly in nullifying Carnacon’s main threats. Nicola Ward, not surprisingly, picked up the great Cora Staunton – what an athlete she still is – while Louise was never far away from another former Mayo stalwart, Fiona McHale.
In the Kilkerrin/Clonberne full-back line, Sarah Gormally and Siobhan Fahy were like two pillars fashioned out of rock and their uncompromising, no nonsense defending was a crucial factor in their side only conceding one score in the second half.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna due to burst watermain
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are water outages across Knocknacarra and Barna this morning due to a burst watermain
The burst is in a rising main from Clifton Hill in Galway City to Tonabrucky Reservoir
The city council and Irish Water says while every effort is being made to maintain supply to as many customers as possible, the burst has caused water levels in Tonabrucky Reservoir to deplete
Houses and businesses in Knocknacarra, Barna and surrounding areas will experience low pressure and outages.
Dedicated water service crews have mobilised and repairs are underway and are expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.
Traffic management will be in place and Letteragh Road will be closed between Sliabh Rua and Tonabrucky Cross until 6pm.
Householders and businessses are being asked to conserve water where possible to reduce the pressure on local supplies and allow reservoir levels to restore.
Woman sustains serious injuries after being struck by firework in Eyre Square
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was struck in the face by a firework in Eyre Square in the city overnight.
It happened shortly after midnight and gardai say it’s understood the firework had been launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk.
The young woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised as a result.
Gardaí understand there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time and are now asking that any person who may have witnessed the incident make contact with the investigating team.
In particular Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have video footage of the incident, either on mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam to make contact with them.
This incident comes just days after a policing committee meeting was told of increasing concern about anti social behaviour around Eyre Square.
Garda chief suggests closing Eyre Square to curb anti-social behaviour
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Closing Eyre Square at night-time was among the radical suggestions put forward by Galway’s top Garda this week – in response to claims that the city centre’s famous landmark had become a ‘no-go area’ after dark.
It comes as Gardaí confirmed that since January they issued almost 500 fines for breaches of the city’s alcohol bylaws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public spaces.
Responding to claims that people were afraid to visit parts of the city centre at night due to anti-social behaviour, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley said that the authorities might have to look at closing Eyre Square at certain times.
Chief Supt Curley also said that improved lighting and better CCTV were other tools that could be used to deter anti-social behaviour and to detect crime in the city centre.
“I’d need another five officers in there – and I haven’t got them,” said Chief Supt Curley of the requirement for more Gardaí on patrol in Eyre Square.
He was responding to a charge by former mayor of Galway, Councillor Frank Fahy, who said Eyre Square was dangerous at night. “It’s a no-go area,” he said at a City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting this week.
Cllr Fahy said that the illegal activity and anti-social behaviour in the city centre was a product of the Covid-19 pandemic and people socialising outdoors. Eyre Square was safe pre-Covid, he said.
In a written reply to the JPC, Chief Supt Curley said that anti-social behaviour issues had been ‘de-escalated’ along the city’s canals, Woodquay and Spanish Arch ‘as a result of extra Garda patrols’.
“The resulting consequences have led to crowd movement from these areas (and they) are now congregating at Eyre Square. Garda attention is concentrated on Eyre Square, however the return of students and the continued restrictions has led to increased numbers,” he said.
(Photo: a scene from Eyre Square at night this week taken from a video circulated on social media)
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