Date Published: 25-May-2011
TURLOUGH’ have been through some tough times of late but there’s a lot of traditional pride in the North Galway hurling stronghold and it all came gushing forth at Kenny Park on Sunday when they pulled off a memorable coup against All-Ireland champions Clarinbridge in this Group C senior championship clash.
In theory, this should have been the last game in the world that Turloughmore needed after their collapse to St. Thomas’s last time out, but in practice it gave them the opportunity to throw caution to the wind and ‘have a go’ against the top team in the country.
This was gripping stuff. Turlough’ undoubtedly caught Clarinbridge on the hop in the opening minutes driving forward with the gale at their backs and hitting the net with regularity in the opening 18 minutes.
Clarinbridge probably just didn’t see this one coming and when any tinge of complacency creeps in, funny things can happen in sport. By the time the ‘Bridge had roused themselves from their early slumber late into the first half, the damage had been done.
With Turlough’ full forward Ronan Badge giving a lot of early bother to the Clarinbridge full backline, his attacking colleagues quickly picked up on the goal scent. With less than 20 minutes gone in this match, the All-Ireland champions trailed by 3-3 to 0-4.
Gary Burke, Matthew Keating and Ronan Badger delivered the killer goals – all well worked and neatly finished from close range – as a shellshocked Clarinbridge tried to establish a measure of composure.
Indeed, Turlough’s were a bit unlucky not to have hit the net on at least a couple of other occasions, with a Ronan Badger 26th minute flick just drifting wide of Liam O’Donoghue’s left hand post.
At the other end, Shane Burke had started very well for the county champions with a couple of scything runs yielding valuable points into the wind while Mark Kerins also delivered four very crisp strikes into the gale.
Turlough’ complemented their goal tally with a selection of fine points with Gary Burke, Darren O’Shaughnessy, Brian Murphy, Daithi Burke and Conor Feeney all finding the range. Daithi Burke’s 23rd mintue point from play was probably the pick of the bunch – an over the shoulder effort with his back towards goal.
Confidence is a fragile but amazingly energetic commodity and as the first half wore on Turlough’ sensed that they were onto something – their composure and resolve grew with each passing second.
When Daithi Burke delivered the last score of the first half from a free, his side had established a 3-8 to 0-6 lead and even allowing for the prospect of the howling tempest into their faces, this was an advantage not going to be easily surrendered.
For the second half, Turlough’ brought back an extra man into defence giving Fergal Moore a sweeping role and the inter-county defender fairly relished the challenge, effectively blocking up the centre channel towards goal.
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.