Date Published: 05-May-2011
Tommie Larkins 2-10
THEY may no longer be county champions but Portumna are still the team to beat as they showed last Saturday in Kenny Park with this emphatic 13 point victory over Tommie Larkins.
Time will tell whether they can produce the performances of the past decade when the stiffer tests come later in the championship, there’s no doubt that their attacking sextet will still punish any team that gives them an extra half second on the ball.
Tommie Larkins will be disappointed they didn’t remain competitive for longer than 12 minutes as they saw plenty of ball and had scoring chances, but every moment counts in a 60 minute joust with Johnny Kelly’s former All-Ireland kingpins as the border men underlined in the first 15 minutes.
It took Portumna two minutes to score when Andy Smith split the posts and Joe Canning added a free to make it 0-2 to 0-0. But the next passage of play would typify the overall nature of this contest.
Eamonn Hayes started a Tommie Larkins attack finding Niall Kelly on the right channel but his effort dropped short into Joe Keane’s hands. Straight away, the ball was sent back into play and worked its way to Canning on the 40. He turned, looked up, picked out Damien Hayes and the All-Star didn’t need a second invitation for the first goal.
Instead of a one point ball game, Portumna led 1-2 to 0-0 but Jason Flynn opened Tommie Larkins’ account in the sixth minute before Canning and Ger Kelly, playing as a third midfielder for the Woodford/Ballinakill side, left it 1-3 to 0-2 in the 10th minute.
Larkins had weathered the storm but were caught again 60 seconds later. Starting from a Keane puck out, Smith got possession on the left flank before striking off a determined Darra Starr for their second green flag.
The expected scoring blitz didn’t occur immediately as Tommie Larkins continued to take the game to their opponents. A delivery into the Portumna penalty area in the 12th minute saw a mix up between Ollie Canning and Michael Ryan. Paddy Moroney applied the pressure before winning control for Larkins as Keane couldn’t regain possession and Declan Garvey was at hand to help the ball over the line for a goal.
Twice, Noel Murphy’s charges responded positively and trailed by just 2-3 to 1-2 but the third blow did the job in the 13th minute. Keane recommenced play down the centre; Smith took the ball and saw Niall Hayes in space and the centre forward hit the net and Portumna were seven points ahead again.
This time, they put the boot down. Niall Hayes set up Joe Canning for a point before Canning converted a free. He added another from the right wing after receiving a Garret Heagney pass in the 18th minute, with his brother Davy registering a point before Martin Dolphin made it 3-8 to 1-2 in the 21st minute.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.