Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
AFTER many long and dark days, at last an evening of light for Galway football as the county’s under-21s cast inhibition and fear aside to topple a Cork team that came into this All-Ireland semi-final with a super-team tag attached but left with their ambitions in tatters.
This was a real lift for the spirit of Galway football, sending out a message of hope after many lonesome Sundays – scarcely three minutes into this epic encounter at Cusack Park, Ennis, when the first three high balls around the middle of the field were caught cleanly by maroon hands, one sensed that this was going to be a special evening.
Indeed one of the abiding memories of this match for the hard core of Galway fans who made the trip to the Banner Country on Saturday evening will be that of the county’s two midfielders soaring up for a series of first half kick-outs and winning clean possession – Thomas Flynn and Fionntán Ó Curraoin gave a rousing exhibition of traditional high fielding and quick distribution.
This was really the classic example of taking each game as an entity on its own. Cork came into this match, their ears ringing from lofty praise after a 22 point victory over Kerry in the Munster final and plenty of loose talk about them being the greatest every under-21 side to leave the province.
By contrast, while Galway had handy enough wins over Sligo and Roscommon, serious doubts had been expressed about the quality of the opposition – even in the kick-around and warm-up before the game the body language from Cork was that of a team ready to go through the motions.
Cork spent the best part of the first 20 minutes trying to come to terms with the fact that this was going to be no pushover, only drawing level for the second time in the 23rd minute when Mark Collins pointed from play – once Tomás Flynn fired over the first point after 20 seconds, Galway had their opponents on the back foot.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.