Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
IN September, one of the biggest global brands in sport – Ironman – will come to Galway, and indeed Ireland, for the first time ever. As the leading triathlon coach in this country, German native Peter Kern outlines that tri-athletes’ preparations for Ironman 70.3 Ireland are well underway.
Although there are numerous sprint, Olympic and half ‘ironman’ triathlons in Ireland, many of which are of a pretty high standard, these sporting events are run by individual clubs around the country and they do not carry the global brand of Ironman, which, Kern notes, is regarded as the “Mecca” of triathlon racing.
“Ironman is basically another level,” states Kern, in his best German lilt. “Whatever they do is extremely well-organised; they manage quite well to combine the sport and the show into one great spectacle. And people love it.”
Galway’s selection for the first corporate Ironman event in Ireland is something of a coup, but Kern, whose company PB3 Coaching has been designated the official training partner to the event, says the West of Ireland capital was an obvious choice.
“Galway has the structures to deal with lots of people. There are enough hotels, the landscape is quite famous and Dublin Airport is not too far away. It was almost the natural selection for an Ironman race,” continues the 36-year-old coach. “You could also have gone to Athlone or Killarney, but they, along with Galway, are maybe the only three locations which would be quite suitable for a race of this calibre.
“Galway, though, has always punched above its weight when attracting a high level of sports competitions, so there is obviously an expertise – how to do big races – there in Galway. Once you have success, then, you always get more success. That is what seems to have happened in Galway.”
Indeed, events such as the Galway Races and, indeed, the Volvo Ocean Race in June 2009 have served the West well and with over 2,000 participants expected to descend on the city – the race begins in Salthill and heads out towards Connemara and back again – it should bring with it a carnival atmosphere.
“If I remember correctly, there are 300 people coming from the UK, about 200 people from the United States, and 40 people from Germany. They have people from Switzerland and Austria; there are people from every continent who will be racing in Galway.”
Of course, there will also be a massive Irish entry in the gruelling event, which demands of the competitors to swim 1.9km, ride 90km on a bike and run for 22km, the latter of which equates to a half marathon. In preparation, Kern and PB Coaching are running a number of weekend training camps – beginning this weekend – in Galway and Dublin, along with numerous one-day orientation sessions to familiarise participants with the course.
“Basically, the plan is to run a camp in Galway every four weeks,” details Kern. “The camps are normally two days and apart from going through the course, we also try to educate people on running technique, cycling technique and swimming technique.
“So, for people who want to have the full package, they come to a two-day camp and for people who are more concerned about the course – how the course actually lines out – they will go more for the one-day camps. We would think there would be at least four one-day camps in Galway and I would really hope that we would have another three full weekend camps in Galway.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.