Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
ONE of them might prefer his usual berth in the heart of the Galway defence and the other to be raiding Mayo from the left wing, but it looks as though Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin are set to start the 2011 Connacht Championship in the middle of the field when the Tribesmen open their campaign in Castlebar on Sunday.
Midfield has been identified as a problem area for Galway for some years now and new manager Tomas O Flatharta tried out the Hanley-Bergin axis to good effect in the later stages of the Allianz League campaign, when the side almost staged a dramatic escape from relegation after losing their first five games.
Hanley admits himself that he is more comfortable at full-back, where he has turned in many consistent displays for club and county over the years, while Bergin enjoys attacking a defence from wing-forward and taking scoring opportunities.
With fresh blood on the verge of making a breakthrough following the county’s joyous All-Ireland U-21 success on May 1, it may be something of a stop-gap partnership for the Tribesmen. But both men are happy just to be involved.
“Even growing up as a child, Mayo against Galway was always a massive game. It’s no different now as a player, it always whets the appetite and really gets the blood flowing. I’m not too sure how many games I’ve played now in the championship against Mayo, but I’d say it is pretty even-Stevens. There’s never much between us,” said Bergin this week.
“We know we have a big challenge ahead of us. Mayo had a decent League campaign, they consolidated their Division One status again, and going down to Castlebar is not going to be easy. But we are really looking forward to it, training has gone very well, and we are hoping to put in a big, big performance.”
The Mountbellew-Moylough man, in his 12th season with the county seniors, admitted that last year’s campaign was one to forget, with a draw and loss against Sligo being followed by the humiliation of a home defeat to Westmeath and the end of Joe Kernan’s ill-fated reign.
“That is behind us now. I suppose the U-21s have brought an extra dimension to it. They have really upped things since they’ve come in and they have kept us on our toes. It’s good for competition.
Everybody wants to start against Mayo and, unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. There are going to be a lot of lads disappointed, but they will be chomping at the bit to get in and turn the game our way if needs be.”
Hanley told Tribune Sport that the rivalry with Mayo remains as strong as ever, even if neither county has made much of an impact at a national level in recent years. He felt it was important that young players got game time in the League, such as when young Colin Forde took his No. 3 jersey while Hanley found himself in unfamiliar territory further out the field.
Both players have been impressed by how the young Killererin full-back adapted to the step-up to senior intercounty football, freeing up Hanley to work on his partnership with Bergin in centrefield since the conclusion of the League.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.