Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
THESE are trying times for followers of Galway GAA’s flagship teams. Just a week after the county’s hurlers hobbled out of the Leinster championship against Dublin in Tullamore, the footballers only succeeded in adding to the gloom when coming up well short in opposition to their arch provincial rivals Mayo in McHale Park, Castlebar last Sunday.
The jury had been out on Galway’s reshuffled deck ahead of their showdown with James Horan’s squad, but few supporters imagined that they would be so well beaten in the end after being disappointingly held to a solitary point in the second-half. Sure, that close range Eoin Concannon effort ought to have been a goal, but the bottom line was that the Tribesmen had few answers when the pressure was on.
Being outscored by 1-8 to 0-1 over the final 35 minutes leaves no room for argument. Mayo may have been no great shakes themselves, but they were physically stronger than Galway, secured more primary possession and had the capacity to lift the ante when they needed to. All of their six forwards scored and with the O’Shea brothers doing the business around midfield, the home team were hardly flattered by a six points win.
A big part of Galway’s reasonable finish to the league had been the shifting around of players to new positions, most notably Finian Hanley’s move to midfield and the posting of Paul Conroy to full forward. Understandably, they were kept in those roles for the trip to Castlebar with recognised midfielder Greg Higgins taking over at centre back and natural defender Gareth Bradshaw lining out in the half-forward line.
These were brave calls by the Tomas O Flatharta led team management but, unfortunately, none of these decisions were vindicated in a poor Connacht semi-final. Higgins had trouble keeping tabs on the lively if wayward Alan Dillon on the forty; the midfield action seem to bypass Hanley; while Bradshaw, for all his energy and Conroy, despite an opportunist goal, hardly justified their change of scenery either.
It was also strange that Diarmuid Blake, who is most effective in the number six jersey, was introduced to the attack at a time when the team’s half back line were coming under severe pressure. Like the Galway hurling management, the football mentors have now something to prove, a scenario which was hardly helped by drawing a revitalised Meath away in the next round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
In the footballers’ defence, being the last team to enter the championship over ten weeks after their last competitive outing hardly did Galway any favours although the great All-Ireland title success of the county’s U-21s must have given the squad some momentum in the lead up to the match. Unfortunately, they didn’t look sharp in McHale Park where the substitutions of Cormac Bane, in particular, and Conroy caught some supporters by surprise.
In retrospect, the writing was on the wall for Galway in the opening-half. Mayo were dominating the possession stakes and despite facing the elements on a typically gloomy West of Ireland afternoon were creating far more scoring chances as evidenced by the 8-2 wide count over those 35 minutes. The wet conditions were also having a big impact on the quality of fare on offer with poor handling, a stack of turnovers on both sides, and the absence of scores only compounding the misery of drenched spectators.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.