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Galway U21s bid to floor the odds in huge challenge

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Date Published: 13-Apr-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

GALWAY U-21 footballers have kept faith with the same team which won the Connacht final for their All-Ireland semi-final clash against Munster champions Cork at Cusack Park, Ennis this Saturday (6:30pm).

The young Tribesmen have generated a great deal of optimism following their victory over Roscommon in the Connacht decider – the county’s first title at this grade since 2005, when they also won the All-Ireland – but now they face their greatest challenge to date when they meet 2011 All-Ireland favourites Cork.

Galway boss Alan Mulholland admits his charges have a tough hour of football ahead of them. “I was delighted for about three days (with the 1-10 to 0-4 Connacht final win over Roscommon), until I went down to see the Munster final,” he laughs, referring to the Leesiders 2-24 to 0-8 provincial victory over Kerry.

“Cork were excellent – they were very good – but the debate is how good or bad were Kerry? My own opinion is that I have never seen a bad Kerry team but, in any event, Cork made short work of them.”

Indeed, in that game, full-forward Barry O’Driscoll scored 1-6, with corner forward Donal Óg Hodnett and centre-forward Mark Collins posting 1-4 and 0-7 respectively. Captain Ciarán Sheehan finished with 0-3.

That said, Mulholland agrees that Munster final game will have no relevance on Saturday’s proceedings, acknowledging each game takes on a life of its own. “I am hoping that will be the case. Yeah, it’s a new a game.

“Cork got a run on Kerry early on, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes, and you could see the Kerry lads’ head drop. Cork just kept the foot down. We would be hoping that we would not let that happen and that we will be able to match them from start to finish.”

Indeed, Galway, themselves, were impressive when dismissing 2010 provincial holders, Roscommon at Pearse Stadium earlier this month, playing an attractive brand of passing football. Substitute Adrian Murphy scored the champions’ goal late on to cap a memorable victory.

“What I was happy with about the Roscommon game was that we seized the game early on,” says Mulholland. “We played against the wind in the first half, we got to work straight away, and we managed to hold Roscommon to two points.

“We did have a sticky patch in the second half, where they came at us but, overall, we did well and everybody from one to 15, I thought, put in a strong, hard shift,” praises the Salthill/Knocknacarra man.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Man pleads guilty to city robbery after 8 years

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A 41-year-old Galway man has pleaded guilty to the robbery of cash from a city shop eight years ago.

Joe Walsh, of 15 Gaelcarrig Park, Newcastle, pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of €2,800 cash from the Mace shop on Shantalla Road, on July 29, 2005.

The facts were admitted in a second charge of causing criminal damage in the shop on the same date.

Judge Rory McCabe directed the preparation of a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October 15.

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Father of Leah Feeney urges action on rossaveal road

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The father of a teenager who died after she was hit by a car in Rossaveal is appealing to the county council to install a footpath at that location.

Liam Feeney was among hundreds of people who gathered for a demonstration along the Pier road yesterday afternoon.

His daughter, 15 year old Leah was fatally injured when she was hit by a car while out walking with a friend on Wednesday evening the 1st of May.

The community is now calling for a footpath to be constructed along the road where many people have been seriously injured over the years.

Speaking to Galway bay fm reporter Michael Joyce at the protest, Liam Feeney says locals want nothing fancy just a footpath about a metre wide

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