Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Tommie Larkins 1-19
Darren Kelly in Ballinasloe
Tommie Larkins put themselves back into the championship picture last Sunday with a score taking exhibition in the first 15 minutes that built up a healthy lead against Athenry. After defeats to Mullagh and Portumna, the Woodford/Ballinakill outfit needed a result to stay in the competition and this critical victory has one foot in the final 12.
Padraig Pearses will have dispute that but there’s no doubt that when Tommie Larkins are in the mood, they find scores very easily. Had they been more alert against Portumna, they would certainly have been closer but they were determined to ensure no slip ups in this meeting.
Just 53 seconds passed when Colm Flynn’s long effort went over the bar and by the sixth minute, Noel Murphy’s side led by 0-5 to 0-0 through Kevin Hooban, Eamonn Hayes and Ger Kelly before Declan Garvey put five between the teams.
Tommie Larkins were dominating the middle third and taking their chances while Athenry were struggling to cope, but when they opened with a James Divally free in the eighth minute, Larkins weren’t finish their points flush just yet. Paddy Moroney restored the five point advantage in the ninth minute before Flynn and Kelly added white flags while Stephen Page picked off an excellent point from the right corner in the 14th minute to make it 0-9 to 0-1.
Another Divally free got Athenry’s second score in the 15th minute before Flynn replied for Larkins but two scores from Thomas Divally and James’ (Divally) third free reduced the deficit to 0-10 to 0-4 with 10 minutes to go before the break.
The next few points would be critical but Tommie Larkins delivered the killer blow in the 20th minute. A well worked move started with a Dara Starr puck out towards Hooban; he sent his delivery in Garvey’s direction who batted towards Moroney; the centre forward went on the run through the Athenry defence before passing to Niall Kelly whose overhead shot left John Grealish no chance and now nine points separated the teams.
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.