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OLBC side take the honours at annual Salthill Devon 5s

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Date Published: 06-Jun-2011

Mike Rafferty

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.

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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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