Date Published: 21-Mar-2011
IN these deeply distressing times, crumbs of comfort for Galway football were located at Markievicz Park on Saturday afternoon as a promising under 21 outfit cruised to a Connacht semi-final success that was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
While Sligo were utterly disappointing in the opening period, Galway performed in a clinical manner confirming that team manager Alan Mulholland has constructed a capable panel. Leading by a whopping 1-14 to 0-1 at the interval, the second half was always going to turn into a damage limitation exercise for Sligo.
That didn’t bother Galway in the slightest, though, because they went to the north west aware that a win and a dollop of good news was required. From the first whistle, it was apparent that Mulholland had Galway primed and ready for a battle.
Mulholland offered a measured post match verdict stressing that this bunch of Galway players mustn’t be burdened with too much responsibility. "It was something we tried to avoid: putting extra pressure on ourselves. We have to win this for the under 21s, we don’t have to do it to save Galway football or anything. We have to do it for ourselves. We could do with a boost, I agree with that, and we hope that there is a bit of talent coming through.”
The scores flowed with remarkable frequency initially as Galway commenced with admirable desire rifling over a half dozen points inside nine minutes. At centrefield Thomas Flynn and Fiontán O’Curraoin were as dynamic as they were dominant, and Sligo were ailing.
Galway’s forwards were buzzing too, Michael Boyle, after an impressive campaign with Killererin, was showcasing his direct, hard running style, while centre forward Mark Hehir was sharp from both play and frees. Boyle struck three, Hehir two, and Danny Cummins also pointed during Galway’s purposeful start.
Sligo’s only score of the first half arrived in the 12th minute when Padraig Clarke kicked a point on a rare foray into Galway territory, but it was only a brief interruption. The Galway defence, anchored superbly by Colin Forde and Johnny Duane, weren’t threatened in the remainder of the opening half which still had nearly 20 minutes left to run.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.