Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
THE great festival of hurling, camogie and handball that is Feile na nGael took place in Galway last weekend. The action started with the first round games on Friday prior to the Feile parade going ahead that evening in Loughrea.
Despite the inclement weather conditions a huge crowd descended on Loughrea for what turned out to be the biggest ever Feile parade with over 5,000 participants. Subsequent group games took place on Saturday last before finals day at Pearse Stadium and The Prairie.
Galway achieved considerable success at Feile with Padraig Pearses, Mountbellew-Moylough and Sylane taking divisional hurling titles, St.Colman’s won the Division 4 camogie title while Abbeyknockmoy, Annaghdown and Micheal Breathnachs won handball titles.
In hurling, O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny defeated Na Piarsaigh from Limerick in the prestigious Division 1 hurling title. Their star man Robert Buckley scored 1-5 in his side’s 3-7 to 0-4 victory thus seeing the Christy Ring Trophy head to the Kilkenny club for the first time.
In the Division 2 hurling final, Raharney (Westmeath) defeated Portlaoise (Laois) by 4-9 to 1-3 with Killian Doyle shooting 4-6 for the winners. Kiltale of Meath had a comprehensive 8-7 to 1-2 victory over Muinebheag of Carlow in the Division 3 final.
The Division 4 final saw an all Galway pairing as Padraig Pearses took on Abbeyknockmoy with Pearses taking the title by 3-4 to 2-5 after a titanic battle. Three Keith Connell goals saw Pearses into a 3-3 to 1-1 half time lead but with Calem Mulry in top form and Lee Cosgrave also impressing Abbeyknockmoy stormed back into the game.
Padraig Pearses goalkeeper Jarlath Healy saved superbly late on from Conor Mannion as his team held on for a narrow victory. Keith Connell scored 3-1 for the winners, Brian Sweeney shot two points while Lee Murphy scored an excellent sideline cut.
For an Abbeyknockmoy side that shot 13 wides, Martin Finn and Lee Cosgrave scored goals with Liam McCarthy tacking on three points and Calem Mulry two.
Late goals by Brian Higgins and Conor Fahy saw Mountbelolew-Moylough defeat Naomh Eoin frm Sligo by 3-5 to 1-5 in an exciting Division 5 final. A Colin Ryan goal had seen Mountbellew-Moylough into a 1-3 to 0-3 half time lead before Naomh Eoin responded to lead by 1-5 to 1-3 late in the game.
Subsequently, Mountbellew-Moylough’s two goals arrived to help the North Galway club carry the day. Conor Fahy scored 1-2 for Mountbellew-Moylough with Brian Higgins and Colin Ryan both scoring 1-1 each. Their other point came via Joseph Whyte while John Daly made an excellent second half save at a time when Naomh Eoin were in the ascendancy.
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.