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.
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.