Date Published: 23-May-2011
Liam Mellows 0-15
LIAM Mellows continued their winning ways when outscoring Kiltormer five points to one in the final quarter to come from behind to record their second victory of their senior hurling championship Group B campaign in Loughrea on Sunday.
Having struggled to get the measure of a gritty Kiltormer outfit for long periods, Liam Mellows had to dig deep in the closing quarter as county star David Collins converted three dead balls – two frees and a 65 – while substitute Conor Hynes and Galway forward Aonghus Callanan added further efforts to rubberstamp the win.
That said, manager Brian Hanley – who later in the day guided Westmeath to Leinster championship victory over Carlow to set up a provincial quarter-final meeting against his native Galway – will know Mellows have to seriously improve if they are to be regarded as championship contenders.
For one, the manner in which they started this contest will be a concern to the city outfit, having found themselves 1-5 to 0-1 in arrears after just 14 minutes. Kiltormer centre-half forward Keith Kilkenny was causing the Mellows defence all sorts of bother in this opening period and, indeed, he tallied three points – two from frees – as Kiltormer raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 fifth minute lead. Brian Lee was the Mellows contributor.
Although the victors could have wiped out this advantage through Callanan on seven minutes, only to be denied by an unbelievable save from custodian Emmett Goode, Kiltormer continued to press forward with the lively Brendan Kenny and David Hayes – an absolute belter from distance – swelling their side’s tally.
Kiltormer raced into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead on 14 minutes when a booming Goode puck-out found its way behind the Mellows defence and Kenny came tearing into the breach, collected possession and fired beyond Mellows keeper Paddy Gannon to put daylight between the sides.
Really, Kiltormer should have pushed on from there, but over the next half hour, they would only score one more point – a neat effort from blood sub Shane Tierney – while Liam Mellows, in contrast, hit nine points in this time.
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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.