Date Published: 06-May-2011
Former Galway United star Paul McGee has been named as the new head coach at Salthill Devon, after his predecessor Emlyn Long was released by the League of Ireland club on Wednesday night.
Currently lying bottom of the Airtricity League First Division, Salthill Devon have had no win in their opening eight games, and with only two points from two draws prop up the bottom of the table. Against such a backdrop, Devon took the decision to replace their head coach.
“All good things come to an end,” said Long, who was to the fore in not only guiding Salthill Devon into the First Division, but he was also
hugely influential in steering the club’s U-21s to a national title, the Tony O’Neill Cup, in 2006.
“I am obviously disappointed because I feel I have a bit of unfinished business. I suppose, though, when someone leaves a job, they ask themselves is the place in a better position than when they went in, and I think that Salthill Devon is.”
Indeed, it will be widely recognised that Long has made a sterling contribution to the club, particularly in developing underage talent. “We also got promoted to the League of Ireland with a home grown squad, maintained our position in the league with that squad last season – staying up – and I felt with a number of players coming back from injury that a corner was being turned this season.
“So, from the point of view, I am disappointed. However, I have to move on from that and I would like to wish the club all the best in the game in the future,” says Long.
The man charged with taking over the mantle of first team coach is former Limerick 37 manager Paul McGee, who is no stranger to Galwegians, having both played and managed Galway United – he is Galway United’s all-time top goalscorer in League of Ireland football, with 74 goals, seven ahead of Alan Murphy.
Mike Quirke has been retained in the backroom set-up and McGee believes this is essential in maintaining a degree of stability in the present transition.
“To be honest, I will be relying on Mike Quirke for the first few weeks; relying on him to pick a team. I will be looking at the boys playing, though, but what I would say is that I don’t have a magic wand,” says the Sligo native, who was also part of the managerial set-up when Devon won the U-21 title five years ago.
“I played a big part in putting the coaching structures in place at Devon previously; I was the first head coach there. So, I know a lot of these players as kids; I know their little personalities and all that. I am delighted to be back; I wanted to get back. I am living in Galway and I am looking forward to working with top class youngsters once again.”
That said, McGee – who previously managed Limerick 37 to a fourth place position in the First Division and later was assistant manager to Alan Matthews at Cork City FC – is under no illusions as to the measure of the task ahead.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.