Date Published: 03-May-2011
SPIRIT on its own only goes so far for a team which lacks the ability to put the ball in the opposition’s net as a much improved Galway United side discovered when they allowed a below-par Shamrock Rovers to escape with all three Premier Division points on offer at Terryland Park on Friday night.
There were huge positives to be taken from this performance against the champions and league leaders, given the poverty of the previous displays against Derry City and Bray Wanderers, but the most telling statistic of all is that United have still managed just one goal in front of their own faithful in 450 minutes of football at Terryland this season.
In completing the first round of nine League matches, United find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle yet again, but at least team manager Sean Connor could take encouragement from the battling qualities shown by his side after the blow of conceding an early goal and the first half injuries which forced him to withdraw two key men.
It was hardly an ideal scenario on an evening in which Connor handed debuts to midfielder Gary Kelly and Shane Keogh, who played off lone front man Alan Murphy, while former Salthill player Mikey Grealish also made his first appearance as a second half substitute.
But scoring goals remains the biggest problem for Connor’s side. How they could do with a striker of the calibre of Karl Sheppard, who impressed so much in a Galway shirt last season but ended up the villain of the night by scoring the game’s only goal.
Sheppard refused to celebrate his sixth minute header, giving an indication of how much he enjoyed his spell at Terryland, and how Connor must have rued how he was forced to let the striker go in the mass clearout of players at the end of last season.
For a full match report see page 19 of 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.