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Humiliating setback for Galway seniors against classy Cork

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Date Published: 29-Jun-2011

Cork 2-14

Galway 0-8

Eoghan Cormican

At Pearse Stadium

THE slide in the performances of the Galway senior camogie team over the past fortnight has been, to say the least, frightening.

On Sunday last, Galway suffered their worst defeat in the championship since 2007. That alone is an indication that the team are in real trouble.

Supporters were left scratching their head as to what has happened to the class of 2011. Where had gone the side of steel, style and character that outplayed Cork to win, pulling up, this time 12 months ago. A side that showed mental toughness to again account for the Rebels in the All Ireland semi-final.

In a humbling defeat, Noel Finn’s charges were left under no illusions as to their standing in the pecking order of top flight camogie. Along with Wexford, Cork appear poised for a serious assault on the O’Duffy Cup.

As for Galway, whether or not they can pick themselves up from this one remains to be seen. The question now is, where does this sobering loss leave Galway? The performance, devoid of heart, raised far more questions than answers.

Was Galway’s true value shown on Sunday? Is there such a gulf in class between the two counties taking into consideration that Galway twice turned Cork over in last year’s championship?

In any event, it is now clear that the win over Wexford just two weeks ago was but a spike in form. A victory that served no purpose, other than to create false hope and generate an air of confidence unmercifully wiped out by a rejuvenated Cork side.

A settled 15 has yet to be established and, interestingly, the management made only two substitutions on Sunday, when it was blatantly obvious than more than a handful of Galway players were being taken to the proverbial cleaners by their Southern opponents.

 

One can respect the management wanting to keep faith in their starting line up, but with past and present All Stars on the sideline, Galway are equipped with a strong panel. The bench is there to be exercised, it was overlooked against Cork.

Unjust and unfair as it might sound, reality is that two or three of the players who started against Cork are not up the cut and thrust of inter county camogie. Terrific club players they might be, but there is an ocean of difference in the standards of club and inter-county.

All in all, Cork looked hungrier, stronger and outclassed the Westerners all over the field. Their striking was crisp and movement without possession fantastic. The display was a throwback to the days when Cork were handing out such thumpings to every team in the country.

To the fore was their captain Rena Buckley who had an outstanding game at centre back with Gemma O’Connor dominant at midfield. Jenny O’Leary pulling the attacking strings – shooting 2-8 over the hour – and had capable accomplices in the likes of Briege Corkery and Katriona Mackey who hit 0-3.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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