Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
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.
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.