Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
Salthill Devon 0
Finn Harps 4
This was a nightmare for Salthill Devon, almost from the opening whistle. Played in conditions that would not have been out of place in November, the home side were out of sorts for most of the game and show little of the combative spirit that has been evident in their games to date.
The trouble was evident as early as the seventh minute when Kevin McHugh calmly chipped Ronan Forde from just outside the box for the first of what would prove to be a hat-trick for the ace goalscorer, exposing lackadaisical defending that got worse as the game progressed.
Although playing in a staccato style, there were hints at times that Salthill might well get something from the game as Harps scarcely threatened the home goal for the remainder of the half, with the horrible weather conditions dominating.
Harps doubled their lead on 50 minutes when Forde could only parry an average shot, and midfielder Blane Curtis gladly tucked the ball into the open net.
Three minutes later Salthill were almost back in the contest when Paddy Quinlan’s header was goal bound only for Ciaran Coll to head off the line and keep Harps in command
McHugh added to his and Harps’ total just after the hour mark with simple tap in goal as the home defence got themselves in another tangle, and he completed his hat-trick eight minutes later with a simple free kick, the defensive wall and Forde combining to leave a gaping hole which the accomplished striker gladly took advantage of.
James Whelan was shown the red card five minutes later for a second bookable offence which seemed a little harsh, and he was followed to the dressing room two minutes later by assistant manager, Mike Quirke.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.