Date Published: 03-May-2011
AFTER a few close attempts in recent years, the Galwegians U-17s finally claimed the title of All-Ireland champions with a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved win over Leinster standard bearers Gorey in Naas on Sunday.
Playing into the teeth of a strong first-half breeze, Wegians showed some signs of early nerves but eventually settled into their pattern of play.
They were making light work of facing the elements with another powerful display from their pack paving the way.
The back-row were beginning to get on top with captain and Irish international Sean O’Brien leading by example, aided and abetted by his flankers Ross Kerrigan and John Martin and an impressive front five unit in front of them.
The Blues had the first chance to take the lead but the stiffening breeze denied outhalf Ciaran Gaffney with an early penalty opportunity.
However they made the vital breakthrough on 20 minutes when some excellent driving play from the forwards gave scrum-half Paul Power the chance to dive over for a well deserved opening try. Gaffney landed the conversion to put the Blues 7-0 to the good.
However, the Wexford men were undaunted and they threatened at times to take advantage of the elements in their favour, only to meet a stern defensive wall of resistance.
And Galwegians struck a killer blow right on half-time when Gaffney struck an outrageous penalty from the 10 metre line against the breeze to give the city boys a vital 10-0 half-time cushion.
Gorey came out all guns blazing in the second half and their pressure was forcing a succession of penalties, which eventually led to the sin-binning of Wegians winger Niall Kane for a deliberate knock-on.
However the Blues showed their worth with a remarkable ten minutes of play with a man down, during which they scored ten unanswered points. Gaffney added a second penalty shortly after the binning when Galwegians turned defence into attack, and the killer blow came when skipper O’Brien intercepted a pass and dashed home unopposed to touch down under the posts for a second try.
Gaffney’s conversion made it 20-0, and with the out-half and his half-back colleague Power now in control of the game, the title was all but secured.
Gorey did manage a consolation score on the hour mark with a converted try from Eddie Earl, but it was too little too late as they had no answer to a superbly organised Wegians side who were determined not to let silverware slip from their grasp.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.