Date Published: 09-May-2011
AT full time in this Magners League encounter on Friday evening, Connacht seemed as far away from beating Munster in their sacred home as ever.
Yet while the basic errors in possession, struggles at the breakdown and losses in the lineouts in this final game are crucial to answering why the visitors were brushed aside, they are a little too game specific to be relevant at this point. This is more of a where are we now situation.
Connacht have made progress this season, lots of it. In terms of points on the board, position in the table, tries score, tries conceded, young indigenous players blooded and even attendances at the still hopelessly outdated Sportsground. That should have the Connacht rugby folk beaming and bouncing on their toes. Yet, they’re not, for some reason everyone feels a bit flat.
It might be because of this mass exodus of key players. Eric Elwood’s first season is coming to a close, progress has been made and now he has to rebuild, but if Connacht can find the two key signings at tighthead and 12 then it will be hard to argue that next year’s squad would not at least have the potential to bring things forward.
The missing sense of triumph might simply be down to the fact that after a run of six wins on the bounce, four of the last five games were lost. It might also be because the gap between Connacht and the other provinces continues to grow or maybe simply because there is a clear reality that something more dramatic than a long term commitment from HQ is needed for the next step to be made.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.