Date Published: 11-May-2011
THE new format this year – which sees relegation added for the first time – should bring an edge to the 10 matches this weekend in the preliminary round of the Galway senior club football championship.
Defending champions Killererin get their campaign underway against rank outsiders for the Frank Fox Cup, St Michael’s, and could possibly be in the unusual position of not having a Joyce in the starting 15 – star forward Nicky Joyce hasn’t been involved so far this year, Tommie Joyce is now focusing entirely on managing the Galway minors, and Pádraic Joyce remains an injury doubt but is almost certain to feature at some stage in Tuam on Sunday.
Corofin have had a long winter to recuperate after last year’s final defeat, which came on the back of several years ‘on the go’ in county, Connacht and All-Ireland campaigns – they should be fresh, have the hunger back and have been installed as bookies’ favourites to win back the trophy.
The ‘relegation’ element means that safety is at stake this weekend – the ten winners will avoid relegation and progress to round one ‘proper’ while the ten losers get embroiled in a dogfight and are paired off in five relegation battles. The five winners progress with NUIG to the last 16; the five losers go into an open draw for play-offs.
The winners of these are safe, the two losing teams enter the final relegation play-off which is ‘last chance saloon’. It means that whoever is relegated to intermediate this year will certainly deserve it – they’ll almost be pleased to go down! – because they’ll have lost at least four, and possibly five, championship matches on the trot.
Saturday, May 14
Salthill/Knocknacarra V Cortoon Shamrocks
Cortoon seem to have put the ‘unrest’ in the camp behind them since exiting last year’s championship on the back of successive defeats to Corofin and Claregalway. With Tommy Joe Gilmore at the helm along with Mike Concannon and Ignatius Tierney, they won the Sweeney Oil league final in December and are on a bit of a run with three league wins under their belts so far over St James, Annaghdown and Caltra. Brion Gilmore (cruciate), who can play in either central defensive position, is ruled out.
The new Salthill/Knocknacarra management team of Gerry Hughes, Carl Donnellan and Tadhg Begley plan without long-term absentee Conor Healy. John Boylan (shoulder), Peter Fahy and Conor O’Halloran (both hamstring) reportedly undergo fitness tests this week. Seán Armstrong is back in full training with the Galway senior squad and should start. After beating Barna and Leitir Mór in the league, the city club were brought back down to earth with a five point loss at the hands of Corofin last weekend. The noises from the city club are positive though and they should prevail.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.