Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
St Brigid’s Loughrea 4-14
Roscrea CC 4-12
Niall Canavan at Semple Stadium
St Brigid’s Vocational School, Loughrea made history on Saturday last at Semple Stadium when they defeated Roscrea CC to claim their ninth All-Ireland senior vocational school’s hurling title.
This victory, added to their junior All-Ireland win from four weeks previous, meant the Loughrea-based school became the first to win both the senior and junior titles in the same year.
This enthralling game had everything – eight goals, superb points and a grandstand finish that culminated with Brian Molloy shooting an injury time point to seal a dramatic victory for the Martin Raftery-managed side.
St Brigid’s looked to be heading for victory as the game entered its final stages when leading by five points but two Roscrea goals, the second three minutes from time through John Wall, ensured a dramatic conclusion to a wonderful spectacle.
Wall’s goal had Roscrea within the minimum at 4-13 to 4-12 but stout St Brigid’s defending epitomised by Darragh O’Donoghue, Gary Moylan and Sean Sweeney held Roscrea at bay prior to Molloy’s late insurance point.
It was Roscrea that started the brighter, and by the seventh minute they had five unanswered points on the board. Eoin Ryan, with two, Brendan Toohey, Wall and midfielder Joe Cleary were on target for the wind-aided Tipperary side.
With Roscrea dominating, St Brigid’s eventually dropped midfielders Sweeney and Tomas Spellman back into a deep-lying sweeping role while their half forward line of Darragh Burke, Darragh Dolan and Thomas Mitchell subsequently retreated towards the middle of the field.
This successfully negated the quality of ball reaching the dangerous Ryan, while also creating much needed space for the St Brigid’s full forward line where Molloy excelled.
Soon after this St Brigid’s, who lined out without full-back Shane Flynn due to flu and centre-back Mark Horan, were level at 1-2 to 0-5.
Their first score came on nine minutes when Stephen Cahalan struck to the net after collecting from Brian Molloy. The aforementioned Molloy and team captain Darragh Burke then added quick fire points to equalise.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.