Date Published: 28-Mar-2011
Mervue United 1
First Division title favourites Shelbourne took all three points from their first visit to Fahy’s Field on Friday night, but they were made work very hard for the win as Mervue United arguably deserved a draw for their efforts.
Experienced campaigners David Cassidy and Stephen Paisley scored either side of Rory Gaffney’s strike for the home side, but it was visiting ‘keeper Dean Delany who the Dublin side have to thank for the win as he produced a top-drawer performance to ensure all three points went the way of the Tolka Park side.
Mervue were the first to settle and should have made their dominance count but Delany twice denied them, firstly gathering Jason Molloy’s stinging shot and then denying Gaffney after the Mervue man
outpaced Andy Boyle to set up a one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
Johnny Glynn’s side were soon made to pay for those missed chances when the visitors opened the scoring with their first real attack, Conan Byrne picking out the run of Cassidy in the 19th minute, and the midfielder fired past Ger Hanley from just inside the box for the opener.
It was a blow for the dominant home side, but rather than let the heads drop, they doubled their efforts but while they continued to dominate possession, they struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances and instead it was Hanley who was the busier of the two ‘keepers.
Philip Hughes twice came close for the Dubliners, but Hanley comfortably gathered his free-kick from just outside the box, and when the Mervue ‘keeper was beaten late-on in the half, Hughes’ strike fizzed the far side of the post.
Mervue started the second half like they did the first, but this time their efforts were rewarded when Gaffney capped what was a great display with a deserved equaliser, after Tom King and Molloy had already gone close.
Dave Goldbey won possession out wide in the 53rd minute and sent a teasing cross into the box, and Gaffney rose highest to head the ball home off the post to level matters.
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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.