Date Published: 16-Mar-2011
at Duggan Park
It may not have been pretty and was certainly by no means impressive, but the Galway senior team did the required in overcoming Offaly in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League at Duggan Park on Sunday, and in the process, booked their spot in the league semi-final.
Offaly stayed in contention with admirable determination and heart up until the 59th minute, but Veronica’s Curtin’s fortuitous goal following a mistake by ’keeper Pamela Nugent ensured their bid to cause a major upset came undone.
Competing in the top flight for the first time this year, following All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate success over the past two seasons, Offaly made a flying start, and with the aid of a strong breeze, hold a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 interval lead.
Potent and purposeful in attack, it quickly became apparent that Offaly’s Arlene, Watkins, Linda Sullivan, Elaine Dermody and Siobhán Flannery had the direct beating of their opponents, with Michaela Morkan’s long diagonal balls out of defence causing endless problems for the Galway rearguard.
Consequently, through Jean Brady and Elaine Dermody (free), Joachim’s Kelly’s troops established an early lead. Ardrahan’s Rebecca Hennelly registered Galway first score in the 11th minute and they were level soon after as Finola Keely found the target from the tightest of angles.
That score however was to be Galway’s last in the opening half as Offaly assumed complete control of affairs, rattling off six unanswered points from there to the interval.
Michaela Morkan burst out of defence to land an inspirational score for the visitors thereafter, with Linda Sullivan also pointing.
Their high work rate caused all sorts of difficulties for Galway in the run-up to half-time and more often than not, Galway defenders were forced into fouling their opponents. Consequently, Elaine Dermody converted four successive free’s to leave Galway in real danger of early elimination from the League.
Manager Noel Finn embarked on corrective action during the interval as Jessica Gill and Noreen Coen were introduced, not to mention Aislinn Connolly who was sprung from the bench in the 22nd 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.