Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Stephen Glennon in Mullingar
In years to come, the GAA annals will show Galway won this Leinster senior hurling quarter-final against the Lake County by nine points; they maybe even indicate that it was an impressive tally of 3-1 from Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan that – at least in scoring terms – made the difference. That, though, will not even come close to telling the full story.
In truth, the Galway supporters in the 3,000 plus crowd who made the journey to Cusack Park didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after this one. An air of bemusement reigned, with the more positive fans assuring themselves that this sub-standard Galway performance was just an opening day glitch, while, at the other extreme, others were foreboding a summer of hurling discontent.
In any event, the fact remains that three-quarters of the way through this contest, the Tribesmen had surrendered a six-point lead to their ‘inferior’ opposition and looked to be hanging on by a thread as a the scoreboard read Galway 3-9, Westmeath 2-12.
Yes, Westmeath had found the target 14 times to Galway’s 12 – the home side also hit 10 first half wides in addition to another six in the second period – and where it not for the incisiveness and power of Donnellan’s contribution, John McIntyre’s outfit could have been in real trouble.
Indeed, the fact that Eanna Ryan, Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan and the iconic Joe Canning – all starters in the 2010 championship – had to be introduced to wipe the egg from Galway faces said as much about the Galway display and as it did about Westmeath’s heroics. The favourites came to Mullingar simply to play a game but it was a fiery Westmeath who were up for the game.
As it was, Galway can thank their full-back line of captain Damien Joyce, David Collins and Fergal Moore for their contribution, along with the workmanlike David Burke at midfield, and Donnellan and the ever-reliable Damien Hayes – who pointed four from play – in attack.
Other than that, there were only cameos from the remainder around the park – just here and there. If this was down to the arrogance that the Galway jersey was better than that worn by the Westmeath players, or, perhaps even, a certain apathy, who can tell. Whatever the reason, the majority of Galway players did not cover themselves in glory from this one.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.