Date Published: 25-May-2011
THERE was no period of extra-time in the ten preliminary round matches of the Galway senior football championship a fortnight ago but this weekend, as the losers from the first day out square off, supporters should bring a flask of tea and sandwiches – and possibly a sleeping bag – as all five of these clashes have the potential to end in stalemate and go over the hour.
There’s a lot at stake: win and you qualify for the last 16, lose and there’s no safety net and you enter the relegation scrap. The five pairings are fairly evenly matched – you could toss a coin to pick the winner of St James’ V St Micheal’s, for example – and the threat of relegation and the ‘carrot’ of being safe in senior should you win, will add to the tension and drama.
The five winners join NUIG and last week’s ten winners in an open draw; the five losers enter an open draw for the relegation play-offs. Those matches have been pencilled in for the weekend of July 3, the week after the Connacht semi-final.
Saturday, May 28
St James’ v St Michael’s (Pearse Stadium, 6pm)
East takes on west in the city derby that is the pick of the matches over the weekend. Both clubs enter the clash in differing mental states following the preliminary round defeats – St Michael’s will feel hard done by with some of the officials’ decision in Tuam where they lost by a point (1-11, 2-7) to Killererin and must use that sense of grievance to drive them on here; St James’ just didn’t give a good account of themselves when losing by eight points (1-17, 1-9) to Claregalway in their first ever senior championship match, and will be anxious now to show they are capable of mixing it with the ‘big boys’.
St Michael’s, already fielding without Eddie Hoare, Greg Rogan, John O’Dowd, and Eoin Tummon – who were on the side that lost to this opposition in the league earlier this year – have also lost wing-back Niall Grogan, who is in the US. Galway minor Shane Maughan (flu) should be fit. If they can ‘up it’ a notch from the Killererin game, St Micheal’s will take the spoils.
Since the first day out, St James’ have lost corner forward Ronan O’Connell and corner back Jamie Burke who are in New York for the summer, in addition to Shane Coughlan, Barry Dooney and Seán Boyle who remain unavailable. The Mervue/Renmore/Ballybane outfit’s county players looked tired and didn’t perform in the opener and St James’ will have to sort out their kick-out strategy and overall tactics if they are to prevail. The ‘Jimmies’ manager Seamus Burke summed up this contest best: “It’s like a Galway Mayo match, 50/50”.
Verdict: St James’
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.