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Galway hurlers get out of jail

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Galway 1-22

Laois 0-23

FOR the second year running, Galway hurlers opened their Leinster campaign against Laois in ignominious fashion. Yes, the Westerners escaped O’Moore Park, Portlaoise with a win by the skin of their teeth but, not for the first time, serious question marks hang over their championship credentials.

As performances go, this was not good enough from Galway and nobody will accept that more than boss Anthony Cunningham, selectors Eugene Cloonan and Damien Curley and the players themselves. For if they choose to sweep this under the carpet, then, as in 2013, they will be in for another tough summer.

You would just hope that the Tribesmen were attempting to keep their powder dry for bigger days ahead – however naïve this approach might have been – but, in saying that, the lack of method and guile to Galway’s hurling over the 70 minutes was nothing less than alarming. Indeed, with a quarter of this tie remaining, it looked as if Galway were destined for the qualifiers and, far worse, the preliminary five-team round robin series of the 2015 Leinster championship. That was the ‘wooden spoon’ for the losers. Imagine the implications that would have caused to club fixtures in this county!

That said, Laois, who had come through the round robin series as runners-up following defeat to Antrim the previous weekend, showed no ill effects of that gruelling schedule and by half-time Seamus Plunkett’s wind-assisted charges were worth every ounce their 0-16 to 1-7 lead.

One shudders to think where Galway would have been at this stage had they not emerged quickly from the blocks and hit 1-3 of their interval tally in the opening exchanges – Jonathan Glynn netting the game’s only goal when he seized a Johnny Coen delivery and bulldozed his way through the Laois cover.

Despite a moment’s hesitation from the umpires – suggesting Glynn’s third minute major had hit the side netting – the goal stood and it gave Galway early momentum, which they duly looked to build on with Coen, David Burke and Padraig Brehony adding some superb points in the ensuing minutes. Galway were now 1-3 to no score to the good and the possibility – believe it or not – was that a rout might be on the cards. How wrong we were? In the subsequent 26 minutes of the opening period, Galway were outscored 16 points to four by a Laois outfit, which had, by now, packed its defence.

An extended match report appears in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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A Moycullen win would add badly needed spice to football’s big day

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Conor Reddington of Annaghdown and Tuam Stars' Adam Carton in action during the North Board Minor B football final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

BEFORE a ball was kicked in this year’s Galway senior championship, the smart money would have been on champions Corofin, Tuam Stars, Salthill/Knocknacarra and Mountbellew/Moylough making it to the semi-finals if they managed to keep out of each other’s way on the road to the penultimate stage off the title race.

Unfortunately, for a Salthill team which, in any event, didn’t scale their expected heights this year, they came up against the champions in the quarter-finals where the Seasiders’ challenge was dismissed in convincing fashion. It was business as usual for Corofin who remain odds on to claim a record-breaking eighth consecutive title.

With Tuam Stars edging out Bearna after extra-time, a Paul Kelly goal helping Moycullen get the better of St James’, and Mountbellew/Moylough powering home against 14-man Killannin, it means that three of last year’s semi-finalists are back seeking a place in the Galway decider this weekend. Mountbellew/Moylough are the odd ones out having fallen to Corofin in the 2019 quarter-finals.

Val Daly’s troops will need the performance of the lives to overturn club’s football’s dominant power, especially as they continue to field without county player John Daly – a son of their manager. Of course, they are not without a chance and if the likes of Michael Daly, Matthew Barrett, Eoin Finnerty, Eoin Ryan and Barry McHugh hit the ground running, they could give Corofin a searching time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greens see red on gold rush

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Opposition is intensifying to the prospect of a licence being awarded to Canadian gold prospectors planning to explore the heart of Connemara.

Environmental campaigners have warned of the dangers of awarding a prospecting licence to Toronto-based MOAG to mine for gold and silver in land around Roundstone, Ballyconneely and Ballynahinch.

They claim the exploration could devastate water supplies, tourism, wildlife – and also led to tensions in the local community.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton has indicated he intends to grant a prospecting licence to the company to explore for the valuable minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony.

The licence allows the holder to explore for mineral deposits, and does not authorise mining of any materials that are found – that requires further licensing.

And Minister Bruton’s Department insists that the activities permitted under this licence are “non-invasive” and “of minimal environmental impact”.

However, campaigners have warned of the dangers mining can have on Connemara, and have urged the public to object before July 6.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Controversial Ballinasloe landfill prepares for closure

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The Galway dump that forced householders to close their windows during the hottest of summers will take in waste for the last time during the middle of this year.

The pong the emanated from the landfill site in Kilconnell will be no more as it will cease accepting waste by the end of June next year.

Ballinasloe area councillors were told how Galway County Council took over the running of the landfill site following the liquidation of the former operators Greenstar.

The Council agreed to accept 300,000 tons of municipal waste over a three-year period and this will come to an end by the middle of next year, after which the dump will be capped and closed the following year.

Director of Services Jim Cullen informed a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council that following the closure of the dump, there would be long term care of the site to ensure that there would be no adverse environmental issues.

When Galway County Council took over the running of the landfill site, an allocation of €300,000 was provided by the Department of the Environment for local projects.

Of this, €120,000 has been given to the area engineer to spend at his discretion and the remaining €180,000 has been dispersed equally among the six Ballinasloe councillors – resulting in each getting €30,000 to spend on projects in their area.

It is expected that a further €300,000 will be allocated to organisations within a certain radius of the landfill site and a committee made up of Cllr Aidan Donohue (FG), Cllr Dermot Connolly (SF) and Cllr Timmy Broderick (Ind) to decide how this fund will be dispersed.

For years, the dump in Kilconnell caused annoyance for local residents because of the smells emanating from the site and many householders say that it is still a major problem.

Cllr Michael Finnerty warned about the possibility of a run-off of leachate – a liquid that drains from landfill sites that can cause pollution – from the site into the future.

He said that he attended a meeting in Ballinasloe in which residents expressed concern about a leachate run-off from the old dump in Poolboy which has been closed down for years.

He was assured by Mr Cullen that the situation in Poolboy was being continually monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency but he would investigate these claims.

With regard to the closure of the dump in Kilconnell, Cllr Aidan Donohue said that he was not convinced about the ongoing maintenance of the site into the future.

He said when the landfill site in New Inn was closed many years ago, the Council just walked away and left the site in an unacceptable state.

The Fine Gael councillor was referring to suggestions that the Kilconnell site might have future potential and may be an asset but he cited what happened in New Inn when he said that it was just abandoned.

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