Date Published: 20-Jun-2011
SUCCESSIVE seasons of underachievement in both counties might have taken away much of the allure from Galway against Mayo as a fixture, and yet towering midfielder Finian Hanley believes there is still a ‘buzz’ about the place ahead of Sunday’s Connacht Championship semi-final in Castlebar (2 p.m.).
The national media and fans around the country will hardly be awaiting the outcome of the McHale Park showdown with anticipation, but Hanley is looking forward to an occasion which tends to captivate West of Ireland sports fans no matter how badly both teams are faring.
“There is more of a buzz in training this week. You’ve got Cork and Kerry, Dublin and Meath, and Galway and Mayo is up there with the passion and pride that’s in it. I think, nationally, people don’t look at it as highly as they used to, but there’s always a bit of bite to it. Both teams want to win so badly that it always brings a bit of passion to it as well,” he told Sentinel Sport.
Recent events would hardly indicate that either team is likely to be featuring at the business end of the championship in August or September. Galway were relegated from Division One of the NFL in April, after suffering morale-sapping defeats to Sligo and Wexford in the championship last year, while Mayo hardly did their reputation much good with their huge scare against London last month.
Hard to believe now that, between them, these counties contested five of the six All-Ireland finals between 1996 and 2001. Those glory days are long gone, but this ‘derby’ always seems to conjure up plenty of drama such as the thrilling one point defeat in Pearse Stadium two years ago.
“It’s a great occasion, because obviously there is a lot of talk around the county coming up to it. There are a lot of Mayo people in Galway and a lot of Galway people in Mayo and the rivalry is there as well. Even within my own club, there are a few Mayo lads and they would always be having the ‘craic’ and the dig,” said Hanley this week.
“We are looking forward to the game. There is nothing like a Connacht championship game against Mayo down in Castlebar. Either way, it is going to be a one point or two point win, whoever wins it. I know the teams haven’t performed to their best or their tradition in the last couple of years, but that doesn’t take anything away from it.”
Injuries to Michael Meehan and his own club-mate, Sean Armstrong, have hampered the Tribesmen’s preparations, but the 26-year old Salthill-Knocknacarra man said that the arrival of a new crop of All-Ireland winning U-21s has rejuvenated the panel.
After the disillusionment of last year, when Sligo dumped them out of Connacht and Wexford ended their championship on an awful evening in Pearse Stadium, Hanley admitted that this year’s League was all about experimenting and trying out new players for new manager Tomas O Flatharta.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.