Date Published: 19-May-2011
APART from Annaghdown’s mildly surprising defeat of Mountbellew Moylough, the formbook held true in the preliminary round of the Galway senior football championship last weekend.
Among the ten clubs now fighting for survival are city rivals St. James’ and St. Michael’s who have been drawn against one another in what should be a keenly contested derby fixture in the championship qualifiers, which take place on the weekend of May 28-29.
Both sides suffered defeat in their opening round SFC outings last weekend, with St. Michael’s falling to county champions Killererin on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-7, while 2010 intermediate champions St. James’ were unceremoniously brushed aside, 1-17 to 1-9, by Eoin O’Donnellan’s Claregalway in their first round game.
No doubt, the impending qualifier clash is a hugely important game for both clubs as defeat would consign the loser to a relegation battle later in the summer. Given the significant progress made by St. James’ and St. Michael’s in developing the game locally in recent years, a relegation dogfight would be a backward step for both clubs.
On the evidence of the opening round, though, St. Michael’s will enter that game as favourites. Despite the absence of key players such as Eddie Hoare and Greg Rogan, the Westside outfit came so close to a memorable win over the county champions.
Indeed, St. Michael’s had led 2-4 to 0-6 at the interval, but when Killererin introduced Nicky Joyce to proceedings at half-time, the tide slowly began to turn against the Galway City men. Joyce subsequently netted the winning goal, albeit under controversial circumstances – there was a suspicion of a square ball – with just three minute to go.
That said, there were enough signs to suggest St. Michael’s could be a force in the championship and a derby victory over St. James’ may just be the catalyst for a sustained run this summer.
As for St. James’, their debut outing in the senior championship ended in the ignominy of an eight-point defeat to Claregalway. It really was an eye-opener for the Renmore/Mervue side, who boasted 12 of the starting fifteen that claimed Connacht intermediate title honours last October.
However, as disappointing a defeat as this was for St. James’, with players of the quality of Johnny Duane, Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon in the side, they could still make an impact in the senior competition.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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.