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Heartbreak for Mervue with freak late goal

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Date Published: 22-Mar-2011

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Mervue United missed out on the chance to go top of the Airtricity League First Division on Saturday night when two late goals saw their impressive start to the season end in Flancare Park.

Johnny Glynn’s side took a first half lead through Mike Tierney’s second goal in as many games, but the home side grabbed an equaliser 11 minutes from time, and then inflicted further heartbreak on the Galway side when snatching a winner in injury time to themselves jump to third in the table.

Mervue came into the game on the back of a win over Salthill Devon, and a draw last week with Cork City, and they looked on course for a second win in three games thanks to a controversial opener from Tierney in the 35th minute.

The home defence failed to properly clear a Mervue ball into the box, and with ‘keeper Stephen Conlon stranded, Mike Tierney smashed a volley goalwards. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and then away from goal, but the assistant referee deemed the ball had crossed the line and the goal was allowed to stand.

Tierney had also scored against Cork, but while he celebrated his double strike, it was a different story for team-mate Ertic Browne as he put through his own net for the second successive game. It his OG which gave Cork the leads last week, and the unfortunate defender put Longford level on Saturday night when he headed Jacques Morley’s corner-kick past Ger Hanely and into his own net.

It was to get worse for Browne, Hanley and Mervue in the second minute of injury time. Chris Deans hit a long ball into the Mervue United box for one of his strikers to get on the end of, but Browne and Hanley appeared to have it covered.

However Hanley misjudged the flight of the ball as Browne left his ‘’keeper to claim possession, and the ball bounced once before flying over the head of the ‘’keeper and into the net for what proved to be the winner.

Neither side were able to impose their will on the game in a scrappy opening period, with both sides having half-chances to open the scoring. Deans headed a Morley corner wide in the 10th minute, while at the other end, Browne failed to get on the end of Mark Ludden’s corner after Conlon called but failed to collect.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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