Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
THE Galway minor football squad will look to put a disappointing league campaign behind them when they face Sligo in the quarter-final of the Connacht Championship at Markievicz Park this Saturday evening (6pm).
Galway, beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists in 2010, lost to Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo in the league earlier this year and beat just Longford and Leitrim during the spring campaign, although manager Tommie Joyce (Killererin) and his selectors John Concannon (Milltown), Terry O’Regan (St. James’) and Michael Culhane (Clarinbridge) will have their charges primed for this make-or-break clash, their target all year.
Galway have won the previous three championship meetings between the counties at this level – by 0-3 to 0-9 last year, 1-5 to 0-7 in 2009 and 0-11 to 0-9 in 2008 – but the Yeats County got the upper hand over the Tribesmen by the narrowest of margins in this year’s league.
Galway supporters shouldn’t read too much into that defeat, however – at least six of the squad who have been selected for Saturday’s knock-out tie, were absent against Sligo as they were in action for their college, St. Jarlath’s.
No less than six of the starting XV, announced after training on Tuesday, were part of the St. Jarlath’s set up that fell just short of St. Colman’s of Newry in a thrilling Hogan Cup final at Croke Park in April, including Liam Silke, Conor Cunningham, Cathal Mulryan, Patrick Glynn, Shane Walsh and Ian Burke.
The management has also selected three of the survivors of last year’s campaign which ended in a 5-8 to 3-15 defeat to Cork at GAA HQ, including captain and full-back James Shaughnessy (Ballinasloe); and sharpshooters Conor Rabbitte (Kilkerrin/Clonberne) and Shane Maughan (St. Michael’s).
Nearly 20 from the squad have been sitting Leaving Certificate examinations for the past couple of weeks, which hasn’t helped preparations but Joyce is reasonably happy Galway will be ready for battle.
“The exams aren’t over until Thursday and the match is on Saturday but we’ve a lot of training done in the past few months,” he said. “We started trials in January and we gave everybody five or six trials. We kept everybody on board for a long time and had a squad of about 40 up until a few weeks ago. I’d say we should be okay but it’s the first game, it’s knockout, and so you don’t know how it will go, so you’d be nervous enough.
“If we were playing the game at home you’d obviously be more confident but we’d be happy enough with how we’ve prepared. Our forwards are sharp and if they all click on the day they should be hard to keep down. Having said that we’d have a nice balance all over the field. A lot of the Jarlath’s lads and guys from last year would be experienced enough, which should stand to them,” added Joyce.
The winners of this clash face an away match with Leitrim in the semi-final the following weekend and the winners of that take on the victors of Mayo v Roscommon, who square up in Castlebar this Sunday.
Galway: C. Gleeson; L. Silke, James Shaughnessy, C. Cunningham; E. Walsh, G. Canavan, C. Mulryan; S. Geoghegan, S. Moran; P. Glynn, S. Walsh, G. Kelly; C. Rabbitte, I. Burke, S. Maughan. Subs: D. McDonnell, C. Timmon, J. Killeen, C. Bohan, E. Walsh, M. Ó Bearra, A. Nolan, C. Seoige, S. Silke, J. Killeavy, G. Armstrong, S. Hughes, J. Kelleher, C. Lee, C. Flaherty.
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.