Date Published: 18-May-2011
Micheál Breathnachs 1-6
at Pearse Stadium
FOR the first quarter of this Galway senior football preliminary round championship clash at Pearse Stadium on Sunday, title favourites Corofin looked flat-footed and Micheál Breathnachs played with the energy that helped them to earn a shock win over the same opposition in the same fixture two seasons ago.
History couldn’t repeat itself, surely? Damn right it couldn’t. It’s not that Corofin were outstanding – far from it – but they had enough experienced leaders all over the park, and lads capable of taking scores when it mattered, to comfortably advance to the last 16.
Corofin, who performed nowhere near the heights of recent campaigns, have ample room for improvement but still thoroughly deserved their eight points victory, which probably says more about the ineptitude of their opponents than it does about Brian Silke’s men: Micheál Breathnach’s were truly awful.
The Connemara man, although well on top in possession stakes early on, flattered to deceive and their overall display over the hour was as poor as you’ll see at this level. No attempt at sugar coating will mask the fact that they scored just 1-1 from play, with five of their six starting forwards contributing nothing from play on the scoreboard.
Breathnach’s registered four wides in total so it’s not that they created ample opportunities either, something you couldn’t say about the north Galway kingpins, who shot a dozen wayward efforts.
A match that failed to get the pulses racing was illuminated twice by two superb finishes to the net by county player Damien Burke, who was a real handful when using his strength to win possession at centre-forward.
We may be more accustomed to seeing him in a defensive role and he may not have the attacking nous of, say, a Seán Armstrong or Nicky Joyce, but Burke’s championship debut up front was one of the few highlights of a timid affair.
Gary Sice, another who has had many stand-out days in defence for club and county, put in a man-of-the-match effort at wing-forward – he chipped in with three fine points from play and had a buzz about him throughout that was sadly lacking from so many others that togged out.
Corofin were persistently fouling in the early exchanges, and were a bit off the pace in contrast to Breathnach’s who looked liveliest from the throw-in. They were snaffling all the breaking ball round the middle but, for all their huffing and puffing, had a miserly two pointed frees from Peadar Ó Cionnaith to show for their 15 minutes of dominance.
Full-forward Kieran Comer rounded his marker with ease to open Corofin’s account on 14 minutes and seconds later Burke registered his first three-pointer. Gearóid Ó Flátharta gathered a short kick-out but was dispossessed and Burke had just one thing on his mind and he buried a haymaker of a shot past Caoimhín Mac an tSaoir.
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.