Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
GALWAY sharpshooter Joe Canning, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late, will be named among the substitutes for the Tribesmen’s Leinster quarter-final clash against Westmeath in Mullingar this Saturday (7pm).
According to Galway manager John McIntyre, Canning has made significant improvement and, consequently, the Portumna ace will be listed in the match day squad for this weekend’s low key championship opener.
Unfortunately, Castlegar’s Ger Farragher (knee), Ardrahan’s Iarla Tannian (thumb) and Kilbeacanty’s Niall Donoghue (calf) are all definitely out, while Clarinbridge’s Alan Kerins is unavailable as he is out of the country.
Galway, however, should still present a formidable starting fifteen, including Liam Mellows’ David Collins, St. Thomas’ David Burke, Padraig Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan and Portumna duo Andy Smith and Damien Hayes. The Galway management team will be announcing the line out tonight (Thursday).
While there has been some pessimism regarding the Galway seniors over the past month – the lack of competitive inter-county action, perhaps, leaving the pundits with too much time to ponder the negatives – there have been shoots of life recently.
A competent performance against Division 2 champions Limerick last weekend was followed up with another encouraging display against the Galway U-21s on Tuesday evening. “Yeah, we played Limerick in Athenry on Saturday and we won that game 1-19 to 1-13. It was a useful workout and I think our players are beginning to strike form at the right time,” said McIntyre.
“We followed that challenge up with a challenge against the Galway U-21s on Tuesday and we had to put in a strong finish to win the match. The respective managements were doing a fair bit of experimenting, but Galway have a lot of promising young players coming through.”
Indeed, some of these U-21s – Burke, Loughrea’s Johnny Coen, Clarinbridge’s Barry Daly and Craughwell’s Ger O’Halloran – are all in contention for starting berths on Saturday. “The competition for places at the moment is intense and we are going to have to make some difficult decisions when picking the team,” stated the Galway boss.
“But you need that competition within a squad and it could easily happen that a player who is not named in the starting 15 against Westmeath could be one of the Galway heroes by the end of the summer. This is base camp for us and we are not looking beyond this game. Hopefully, though, there will be a big bounce in our players on Saturday.”
As for 2010 Christy Ring Cup champions, Westmeath, they come into this contest on the back of a first round surprise victory over Carlow. Brendan Murtagh (0-7, all frees), Derek McNicholas (2-0) and man of the match and captain Brian Smyth (1-2) were the Lake County’s top scorers in that 4-10 to 1-14 win.
Of course, Westmeath are now under the tutelage of Athenry native, Brian Hanley, who will be more than familiar with a number of the younger Galway players having coached them, alongside manager Anthony Cunningham and selector Pat O’Connor, at U-21 level during 2009 and ’10.
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.