Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Eoghan Cormican at Kenny Park
REALITY, harsh and all as it can be, came home to roost at Kenny Park, on Saturday as Galway staggered over the finish line to record their second win of the championship.
One swallow never made a summer and neither was Galway’s 11 point win over Wexford the answer to all camogie problems west of the Shannon. To be contenders for All Ireland glory the performance against the All Ireland Champions must be replicated week in, week out. Consistency is crucial.
What materialised in Athenry last weekend, however, suggests this side have a long way to before the finished article is produced. From very early on it became evident that Galway had yet to check out of cloud nine after their heroics in Enniscorthy. Clare however, weren’t long in bringing the Galway players back down to earth.
They were 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after 28 minutes and seemed poised to hand manager Tom Hogan a first win in this year’s championship, only to lose their way in the latter stages of the second half. Galway outscored Clare by 1-7 to 1-1 at the change of ends, including a 1-4 to 0-0 superiority blitz between the 50th and 57th minute.
For Galway, a spirited finish just about made up for a poor opening in which they failed to show the required urgency, while Clare went about building an impressive lead.
The Banner outfit held the initiative until the 52nd minute and at different stages led by margins of between three and four points but, for some reason they could never quite tighten the noose around Galway’s neck.
Their early enterprise stemmed from many quarters, with Ruth Kaiser, Chloe Morey, Fiona Lafferty, Sinead O’Loughlin and Claire McMahon busy and effective.
McMahon provided the opener following a foul on Shonagh Enright and though Sandra Tannian equalised for the Tribeswomen a flurry of points moved Clare three in front. McMahon (free) pointed after Susan Earner was adjudged to have fouled possession, with Sinead O’Loughlin also on target.
Brenda Hanney, now operating at full forward, collected a pass from club mate Martina Conroy before firing over. It was Clare, however, that were in command and McMahon sniped a pair of points to strike further hope of an upset.
Noreen Cone provided brief respite for Galway with a neat point from the left corner, but Fiona Lafferty, bristling with energy and invention, restored Clare’s three point advantage, striking a beauty off the hurl.
Indeed their lead could have been greater had Sinead O’Loughlin and Claire McMahon converted chances. Those missed opportunities would come back to haunt them at the game’s end.
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.