Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
SALTHILL Devon manager Emyln Long is calling on his side to make Drom a more ‘unfriendly’ place for visiting teams ahead of the arrival of high-flying Cork City for today’s First Division clash which has the unusually early kick-off time of 3pm.
The game was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but with the Leesiders in EA Sports Cup action on Monday, Devon agreed with a request to bring the game forward to today, with the clubs agreeing to an afternoon kick-off.
The home side go into the game on the back of a couple of decent performances, but Long admits that the ‘bye’ weekend for his side last week came at the wrong time.
“We drew 2-2 with Derry City in 90 minutes in the EA Sports Cup, lost to two long-range efforts against Waterford, and then took a good point from the visit to Finn Harps, so we were in a good run of form but unfortunately it was our turn for a rest weekend last week.
“At the same time Cork went out and won 5-0, while our momentum was stalled, so they are coming into the game on a high, which means it will be a difficult game, but we are looking to get a result from it.
“We have been playing well, but we need to start picking up points. I want to make Drom a place where teams find it very difficult to get anything from – impressive performances are all well and good, but we have to start picking up points,” says Long.
Devon will be without the suspended duo of Victor Collins and Mike Quirke, while Colm Horgan (groin) joins long-term casualties Robbie Porter (knee) and Wes Charles (groin) on the injury list, while Cian McBrien (ankle) is rated doubtful.
Former Galway United winger Derek O’Brien is Cork City’s biggest injury worry, a thigh strain picked up in training leaving him with only a 50/50 chance of featuring today. Greg O’Halloran is fit despite going off injured against Finn Harps, but Alan Carey remains sidelined with an Achilles tendon problem.
Mervue United make the short trek across the M6 this evening to take on an Athlone Town side that is looking to make it three wins in a row for the first time in a decade (kick-off 7.30pm) that has pushed them to mid-table.
The Midlanders only won for the first time this season last Friday, beating Wexford Youths 1-0, but followed that with a win over Finn Harps by a similar scoreline on Tuesday night and they go into the game looking to make it four wins from seven in league meetings between themselves and Mervue.
That victory on Tuesday saw them leapfrog Mervue in the table, but Johnny’s Glynn’s side have won two of their three away games to-date and will go into the game with confidence, although the manager will have to ensure his side do not have one eye on Monday’s EA Sports Cup second round clash with Derry City in the Brandywell, a game which has a 3pm kick-off.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.