Date Published: 23-May-2011
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Mervue United did what they had to do as they collected the point required to give them the Brod Trill Premier Division title for the first time in six seasons after playing out a draw with second-placed Athenry in Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.
Stephen Larkin’s sixth goal in three games was enough to give Paugie Kilgannon’s charges the opening half lead, but while Barry O’Donovan levelled matters for the visitors just after the restart, his controversial sending off minutes later was to limit the visitors’ ambitions as they went chasing the win required.
However to give credit to the home side, they produced the goods throughout the season and just two losses maintained their top spot in the table for the duration of the campaign.
Sunday’s contest was fraught with anxiety as a fixture difficulty set posers for the administrators, with Athenry less than pleased with the timing of the game. While the kick-off was brought forward to 10.30am, Mark Moran still had to depart the action after an hour in order to make his daughter’s communion.
He was their second front man who had to leave early as hamstring victim Benny Lawless was forced off after just 16 minutes, while Stephen Rabbitte was ruled out as a clash of heads in training resulted in the defender having eight stitches inserted just above the eye, while Mervue were deprived the services of suspended skipper Robert Connolly.
With the strong wind not really aiding either side as it blew across the pitch, it was the home team who held the upper hand from the off.
Both sides were certainly trying to play a closely controlled passing game, but such was the intensity that space was at a premium and players seldom got an opportunity to settle in possession.
Colie Kelly cracked in an opening minute shot that had Kieran Kilkelly scampering down to his right and while clear chances were few and far between, it was the home side which did the majority of the pressing.
They almost opened their account on nine minutes when a Darvin Dowling delivery got a flick from Keith McHugh and the covering Ronan Kinneen knew little of the deflection that took it just past the far post.
Finnerty then cut in along the byline, but the danger was again averted by the vigilant Kinneen.
Little was being seen of Athenry in attack and while four opening half corners presented opportunities, the difficulties presented by the elements left the execution less than perfect. A Crowe free kick flashed wide, while Ryan Griffin dealt with some routine deliveries.
The midfield quartet of Derek McWalter, Stephen Larkin, Seamie Crowe and Gary Delaney seldom had an inch of space in order to influence proceedings and it was without warning the breakthrough arrived on 29 minutes.
Arron Finnerty’s pinpoint cross picked out Dara Ryan, whose lay-off dropped neatly into the path of Larkin outside the box and his side-footed effort left Kilkelly helpless as it nestled in the top right corner for a 1-0 advantage.
Griffin was twice tested as Crowe drilled in a shot, while the custodian had a little more work to do as he pushed away an Alan O’Donovan free kick.
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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.