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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.