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Mervue Utd complete League and Cup double

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Date Published: 09-Jun-2011

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The Galway District League Junior season came to a close on Wednesday night in Terryland Park as Mervue Utd’s Junior A side captured the Michael Byrne Cup for a staggering seventh time in 10 years for the club following a hard earned 2-1 win over Athenry.

It was a fitting finale to a long junior season that the two sides who had fought out the Premier Division league title race would meet in the decider. Mervue had claimed that league title after a 1-1 draw with Athenry in their final game of the campaign, while Athenry captured the Connacht Junior Cup for a second successive year, so both came into the game on course for a double.

The first half proved to be a very scrappy affair with little in the way of clear cut chances as the long hard season seemed to be taking its toll on both sides, with pass after pass going astray. Mervue created the first good move of the game on 11 minutes when Stephen Larkin and Derek McWalter combined well down the left before the latter laid the ball off to Miko Nolan who struck his effort just over from the edge of the box.

Athenry’s Alan O’Donovan strode past two defenders in the 18th minute before delivering a dangerous ball into the box with Ger McGrath slicing his clearance goalwards, only for the alert Ryan Griffin to save under the post with Bryan Mannion lurking.

O’Donovan then had a well struck free-kick deflected away for a corner just past the half hour, while at the other end a Darvin Dowling free-kick resulted in a goalmouth scramble which eventually saw Gary Delaney collect a Keith McHugh effort to avert the danger.

Three minutes from the break Griffin produced a smart save down low at his near post from a well executed Seamie Crowe free-kick as the opening period finished without a goal. That all changed pretty quickly after the break, as just past the hour mark saw a flurry of goals in a seven minute spell.

Mervue hit the front on 61 minutes after a quickly taken free-kick from Robert Connolly released sub Stephen Cunningham into the box only for Robbie O’Grady to haul him down. Referee Ger Cahill had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Dowling coolly sent Delaney the wrong way with his low effort into the corner.

Athenry were back on level terms four minutes later as Declan Cullen powerfully headed home inside the box from a pinpoint Crowe free-kick delivery. All of sudden the game had come alive and within three minutes Padraig Kilgannon’s side responded again and were back in front.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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