Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
Mervue United continue to stride away at the summit of the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division, the Fahy’s Field side enjoying a nine point lead over second place Oranmore, who do have two games in hand.
Athenry remain in third, while two wins in a week had moved Hibernians into fourth position and although they require some of the leading trio to slip up, they still fancy their chances as they also have to face some of the contenders in remaining games.
Corrib Celtic will be joining East United in the top flight next season as the duo have secured their promotion from the First Division, while OLBC continue to streak away at the top of the Second Division and with two games this week, will definitely be confirmed as champions by the weekend.
Mervue United were always in command in Tuam as they eventually saw off the Dynamo Blues challenge by 4-2 and in the process increased their lead at the top of the table.
A brace of opening-half headers by Dara Ryan and Keith McHugh had them in command at the break, but the home side pulled one back when John Ross Bodkin scored. Almost immediately Robert Connolly opened up the visitors two goal advantage once more. Blues had an opportunity to close the gap when awarded a penalty, but John Farragher’s spot kick was saved by Ryan Griffin.
While Bodkin did reduce the arrears to 3-2 with his second of the contest, it was Colie Kelly who had the final say when slotting home Mervue’s fourth.
Second-placed Oranmore were in midweek action, but a 2-0 home defeat against Hibernians didn’t exactly help their title prospects. Daniel Small knocked home the opener in the first half after a Conor Cleary effort was blocked in the box and in the final minute Liam Hrehorow cracked home a stunning free kick for the second.
Athenry were comfortable 2-0 winners over St Bernard’s as goals by Alan O’Donovan and Gary Forde maintained their title challenge.
On Sunday morning in Bohermore, Stephen Henrique’s yellow boots were the brightest thing on offer as the home side notched a late winner when defeating NUI Galway by 2-1. It was scoreless at the break, before a Keith Ward free kick edged Hibernians in front, but Philip Keegan levelled matters at 1-1 after getting on the end of a Ger Cheevers pass.
With a stalemate on the cards, a Danny McKeague shot from outside the box took a cruel deflection and even the scrambling Mark Cobey could not get across to deflect it away as the home side sneaked a late winner.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.