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More semi-final heartbreak for Galway Ladies senior footballers

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The Galway ladies senior footballers exited the All-Ireland title race on Saturday when losing 2-14 to 1-13 against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Galway battled bravely throughout but ultimately came unstuck against a more balanced outfit from the capital who, crucially, took their goal chances at pivotal points.

Dublin, having blazed a trail through Leinster, amassed five goals per game on average to qualify for the semi-final and their two second-half three-pointers proved decisive in reaching the final for the first time since 2010.

The sides were level on five occasions in the opening half but a quick brace of frees from Sinéad Aherne gave Dublin some breathing space to go in 0-10 to 0-8 at the turnaround.  It was an evenly fought contest over the first 40 minutes but Galway flinched first.

Lyndsey Peat, corner forward, with the first score of the second half, 10 minutes in, punched the ball to the net after good interplay from Sinéad Goldrick and Siobhán Woods to stretch Dublin’s lead.

Galway responded well to that blow, however, and hit back with the next two points, from Barbara Hannon and the impressive Annette Clarke (free).

Dublin cancelled out those scores with a pair of their own from Woods and Aherne before they dealt a killer-blow, a second goal.

Wing-forward Carla Rowe bagged the goal, after being set-up by Aherne, and at 2-12 to 0-10 in arrears, Galway’s goose was cooked with eleven minutes remaining.

Eight points was always going to be a tough ask but Galway ploughed on regardless, with Clarke converting a penalty with a pile-driver of a shot, and landing three frees, putting some gloss on the score board.

Galway’s defence, which was generally solid all day, would have been bitterly disappointed with the concession of those two goals. Lapses in concentration led to slack marking and too much space which was ruthlessly exploited by the winners.

The opening 30 minutes was tight and tense.  Despite over a half an hour delay to throw-in, due to the preceding junior semi-final between Leitrim and Down going to extra-time, Galway hit the ground running, a neat one-two between Aoibheann Daly and Clarke allowed the latter to open the scoring.

Seconds earlier Emer Flaherty sent Louise Ward through, and though her shot was saved by Dublin keeper, Clíodhna O’Connor, it showed Galway was well ‘up’ for this contest.

The concession of silly frees however gave Dublin the platform to hit the front with Aherne showing deadly accuracy from three placed balls.

Galway began to get the upper-hand at kick-out time with Louise Ward and Nicola Ward particularly prominent in picking up the breaking ball and that possession dominance was soon reflected on the score board as points from Geraldine Conneally, Lucy Hannon, Clarke and Lorna Joyce gave Galway a one-point advantage, 0-6 to 0-5, with 10 minutes ‘til half-time.

From there to the break it was a right ding-dong battle but Galway would have been disappointed to be trailing by two at the break despite playing into a strong wind.

In a four minutes spell, Galway wasted three scoring chances: Clarke, uncharacteristically, skewed a relatively easy free; Caitríona Cormican hit a wide and Hannon struck the woodwork.

Two Dublin points – from Lyndsey Davey, with her third of the day, and Carla Rowe – nudged Dublin in front but then a quick brace from Barbara Hannon, two beautiful strikes from distance, put Galway back in front.

Noelle Healy drew Dublin level in the fiercely exciting closing stages and it appeared like they would hit the dressing rooms all square.

But with just seconds on the clock, two cheap fouls by Galway from kick-outs, gifted Aherne two ‘soft’ frees that gave Dublin a cushion at half-time that, in fairness, they scarcely deserved.

After half-time, though, Dublin were the better team and were more clinical in finishing their chances. Once the second goal went in, it really was curtains for Kevin Reidy’s charges although they never gave up.

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Supply chain challenges in retail

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SPONSORED CONTENT  – EZ LIVING FURNITURE

There has been a huge demand for consumer products in 2020 and 2021. Covid-19 has resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before. Lockdown especially saw all non-essential workers previously confined to their homes. Investing in goods such as clothing, electronics and furniture was one of the few ways that people could spend their discretionary income from the comfort of their own homes. However, this major spike in consumer purchasing is only one of many challenges that the retail industry is currently facing.

Every retailer and consumer across the globe is being affected by rising costs and frustrating delivery delays and this, unfortunately, includes  EZ Living Furniture. As Ireland’s most loved and well-known furniture retailer, we wanted to help our customers understand the issues the entire retail industry is currently facing and will continue to face for some time by outlining the order fulfilment process to you.

Supply Chain explained

March 2020:

Many suppliers (including EZ Living Furniture) source their products from overseas. When Covid-19 first struck in the Far East in March 2020, illness and a lessened workforce lead to a dramatic decrease in production. When those countries entered lockdown, supply stopped coming from the Far East entirely.

April 2020:

When these countries began to recover and started to exit lockdown, Europe, unfortunately, went into lockdown. Because we were unable to sell stock to the same capacity, we stopped ordering from these countries.

June 2020:

Customers began ordering products again, but only online as all of the physical stores in Europe were closed. It took us, and many other European businesses a number of weeks to come to terms with the new working from home arrangements and the redirection of resources towards the increase in online sales that occurred subsequently.

November 2020:

Product manufacturers and raw material manufacturers in Europe were still closed due to the pandemic. This meant materials and products were not being produced in Europe at all.

This caused major issues with supply and production. For instance, foam is one of many materials used to make mattresses, dining chairs, and sofas. When this is in short supply, so too is the furniture that uses foam.

Hospitals around the globe began ordering thousands of containers of PPE. With no warehouses to store these essential healthcare items, they remained in the containers at ports. This lead to congestions at ports and a shortage of shipping containers worldwide.

Shipping ports closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in ports.

March 2021:

The Suez Canal was blocked by a container vessel for six days. This put further strain on supply chains that were already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.

October 2021:

We are still continuing to suffer from the lack of containers. This is causing a rise in transportation and raw material costs. Deliveries to customers are also now taking longer than usual.

What are we doing to resolve this?

Stores like us are working even harder to ensure that customers receive the same products in the same time frame and at the same price-point that was in place before the pandemic. Any solution to this supply chain problem is not perfect. Prioritising faster delivery will inevitably lead to higher costs while focusing on lowering product prices will inevitably delay delivery times.

Alternatives and long-term solutions are being explored such as supply chains in eastern Europe. However, this is a time-consuming process primarily due to quality control and logistics.

What you need to know

Already this year, we have had to increase our stock levels to try to compensate for any future delivery delays. Until now, we have been absorbing the increases in transportation costs and raw materials in order to continue to offer our customers such a wide range of furnishings.

Unfortunately, due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, stock is going to be limited, especially during certain holiday periods. Prices may also have to be increased again in the future with smaller companies likely to be affected to an even greater degree. We want to be completely transparent with our customers and make you all aware that our promotions listed below may be the last chance for you all to purchase EZ Living Furniture items at such low prices.

So, don’t wait to buy that EZ Living Furniture Item you have been eyeing and prioritise our in-stock items. The products available in all retail stores now could sell out and take a long time to return to stock. Shipping delay issues could also mean you are waiting months to receive your items.

Although we are uncertain as to how long these global supply-chain issues will last, we aim to keep you updated at all times. We appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times.

For any queries regarding your order, please contact our Customer Service team by phone, email or live chat:

Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

Phone: 0818 222 272

Customer Service Email: customerservice@ezliving.ie

Website Enquiries Email: websales@ezlivingfurniture.ie

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A Moycullen win would add badly needed spice to football’s big day

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Conor Reddington of Annaghdown and Tuam Stars' Adam Carton in action during the North Board Minor B football final at Tuam Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Inside Track with John McIntyre

BEFORE a ball was kicked in this year’s Galway senior championship, the smart money would have been on champions Corofin, Tuam Stars, Salthill/Knocknacarra and Mountbellew/Moylough making it to the semi-finals if they managed to keep out of each other’s way on the road to the penultimate stage off the title race.

Unfortunately, for a Salthill team which, in any event, didn’t scale their expected heights this year, they came up against the champions in the quarter-finals where the Seasiders’ challenge was dismissed in convincing fashion. It was business as usual for Corofin who remain odds on to claim a record-breaking eighth consecutive title.

With Tuam Stars edging out Bearna after extra-time, a Paul Kelly goal helping Moycullen get the better of St James’, and Mountbellew/Moylough powering home against 14-man Killannin, it means that three of last year’s semi-finalists are back seeking a place in the Galway decider this weekend. Mountbellew/Moylough are the odd ones out having fallen to Corofin in the 2019 quarter-finals.

Val Daly’s troops will need the performance of the lives to overturn club’s football’s dominant power, especially as they continue to field without county player John Daly – a son of their manager. Of course, they are not without a chance and if the likes of Michael Daly, Matthew Barrett, Eoin Finnerty, Eoin Ryan and Barry McHugh hit the ground running, they could give Corofin a searching time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greens see red on gold rush

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Opposition is intensifying to the prospect of a licence being awarded to Canadian gold prospectors planning to explore the heart of Connemara.

Environmental campaigners have warned of the dangers of awarding a prospecting licence to Toronto-based MOAG to mine for gold and silver in land around Roundstone, Ballyconneely and Ballynahinch.

They claim the exploration could devastate water supplies, tourism, wildlife – and also led to tensions in the local community.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton has indicated he intends to grant a prospecting licence to the company to explore for the valuable minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony.

The licence allows the holder to explore for mineral deposits, and does not authorise mining of any materials that are found – that requires further licensing.

And Minister Bruton’s Department insists that the activities permitted under this licence are “non-invasive” and “of minimal environmental impact”.

However, campaigners have warned of the dangers mining can have on Connemara, and have urged the public to object before July 6.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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