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Magical display from Galway champs floors Kilkenny men

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Date Published: 22-Mar-2011

Clarinbridge 2-18

O’Loughlin Gaels 0-12

STEPHEN GLENNON AT CROKE PARK

THERE must be a breed of Harry Potter’s wand in the ash used in the hurleys out Clarinbridge way, for the Galway county champions’ performances these days are akin to a magic show. Hand into the hat, out comes the rabbit. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Indeed, such was their spellbinding second half display in this thoroughly enjoyable All-Ireland Club senior hurling final at Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, that their opponents O’Loughlin Gaels were left bamboozled by the Bridge’s crafty wizardry.

The result: Clarinbridge are the 2011 All-Ireland senior club hurling champions, and justifiable so. While they may have been outgunned and outmuscled in the opening 27 minutes, almost with the wave of a wand, they erased a five-point deficit to enter the break on level terms against a now deflated O’Loughlin Gaels.

It all happened so quickly. Trailing 0-9 to 0-4, the Bridge struggled to secure a stranglehold on the game. Changes were made in an effort to spark a revival before the half-time break and when Alan Kerins was moved from the full-forward berth into the half-forward line/midfield sector – with brother Mark redeployed inside – it produced the necessary sparkle and dazzle to ignite the Bridge challenge.

On 28 minutes, Alan Kerins pointed, before Eoin Forde added another seconds later. Although Alan Geoghegan responded for O’Loughlin Gaels, the Bridge were gaining momentum and two minutes into injury-time, they conjured up the perfect potion to their first half dilemma.

Alan Kerins supplied his brother Mark with a crisp delivery and the latter showed the decisiveness required to pull first time to the net. Broomsticks at the ready, the wizards from the Bridge were now on the move.

Within moments, they attacked once more. Mark Kerins was hauled to the ground, affording them the opportunity to perhaps take the lead for the first time deep into injury-time. Although Kerins powerful dead ball effort was deflected over the bar, that point did ensure the Galway men entered the change of ends on level terms, 1-7 to 0-10, despite having been totally outplayed for most of the opening period.

Truly, it was quite incredible, but better was to come on the resumption and by the end of the third quarter, Clarinbridge had raced into a 1-15 to 0-12 lead. Mark Kerins (three frees), impressive first half substitute Enda Collins (2), Eoin Forde (2) and Alan Kerins all landed some magnificent points, while O’Loughlin Gaels, for their part, were held to two Mark Bergin frees.

Clarinbridge were relentless now and, indeed, already had assumed the air of champions. Full back Brian Burke and centre back David Forde, at the central spine of the defence, were lording it, with the latter showing a great deal of heart in overcoming his early difficulties with Bergin, who shot four points from play in the opening half.

Around Burke and Forde, their defensive cohorts, in particular captain Paul Callanan and Jamie Cannon, were like characters from a science fiction movie – beaming in, seizing possession, and beaming out again. Quite often faster than a speeding bullet.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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