Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
When the Carlsberg National Fives kicked off early on Saturday morning, more than 100 with names like Intelligent Monkies, Lame Ducks, Pornstars Super Injunctions and Geratric Turkeys all had ambitions of winning the 35th running of the event.
However just after six o’clock on Sunday evening, Big O Taxi’s were crowned champions as the OLBC backboned side held off the challenge of the Mervue-based Better Bettors by 2-1 in the final.
Played in front of a huge crowd at the splendid amphitheatre that is Salthill Park, the winners were generally in command throughout and stunning long range strikes in each half by Geoffrey Power had them ahead before Eamonn Feeney pulled one back for the losers in the closing minutes.
Galway minor star Shane Maughan was their leading goal scorer as he notched eight throughout the campaign, while Ronan Caldwell also contributed hugely in the scoring stakes. Power was rewarded for his prowess with the goal of the tournament award.
For Better Bettors it was a bitter pill to swallow as they were going down in the final for the second year in succession and indeed such is their consistency that it was the third time they had got the last four.
However one of their charges was rewarded when Derek McWalter was selected as the Player of the Tournament by the Fives special guest Seamus McGettigan, himself a winner in 1981. He was presented with the Diarmuid Fadden memorial medal.
The Ray Healy memorial ‘Fair Play’ award selected by the referees went to beaten semi-finalists ECO Car Wash.
Big O Taxi’s: Alan McDonagh, Geoffrey Power, Jimmy Jennings, Ronan Caldwell, Shane Maughan, Damien Carter, Joe Hession.
Better Bettors: Ryan Griffin, Derek McWalter, Stephen Cunningham, Stephen Larkin, Colie Kelly, Eamonn Feeney, Summit Chawla.
As part the 35th running of the event, Salthill Devon included an Over 35 section in the Fives for the first time and after a lot of energy was expanded Cregmore were crowned champions following a 2-1 win over Kelly’s Heroes (Salthill Devon).
Pete Kelly was most unfortunate to head home an own goal for the opener and it was Padraig Brennan who got the second for Cregmore, but the biggest cheer of the day was still to come when the long serving Devon clubman drilled home a cracker after being set up by Shane O’Doherty.
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.