Date Published: 30-May-2011
St. James’ 1-13
St. Michael’s 2-5
THE ‘west side is the best side’ no longer. East conquered west on Saturday at Pearse Stadium as St. James’ comfortably defeated St. Michael’s in an enjoyable city derby clash in the back door round of the Galway Senior Football Championship.
Seamus Burke’s charges not only deservedly earned bragging rights over their city rivals, they also advanced to the last 16 of the county championship race where they have been drawn against Moycullen.
More importantly, the Mervue/Renmore/Ballybane outfit, in their debut season in the top flight, have now cemented senior status for another year. Not a bad evening’s work for a side that looked out of their depth against Claregalway in round one – now, with the pressure of relegation lifted, ‘The Jimmies’ can drive on, maybe start enjoying their football and view everything from here on in as a bonus. If they can do that, then they’ll put it up to most of the sides left standing.
As for St. Michael’s, they are now in a perilous situation – just two defeats way from returning to the intermediate grade. Pat Regan’s men may have been unlucky to lose to Killererin the first day out but they can’t blame questionable officiating for this: St James’ were by far the better team and – had the winners’ finishing been more clinical – St. Michael’s could have suffered a right hiding.
As you’d expect, St Michael’s – who were missing key personnel – battled throughout but they struggled to get a foothold in the match and just hadn’t the scoring prowess to trouble St. James’.
After six minutes, it was looking good for St. Michael’s – Conor Hoctor landed two excellent points and county minor Shane Maughan rounded his marker, Conor Glynn, to bury to the net past John Egan.
Paul Conroy (free) and Eoin Concannon, wearing 11 but operating on the edge of the square, raised two white flags leaving it 1-2 to 0-2 after a frantic start but it was one-way traffic for the remainder of the half as St. James’ took over, outscoring their opponents by six points to one, against the wind.
Concannon, a handful for centre-back Keith O’Donoghue and full-back Alan Glynn, split the posts twice more, Michael McCormack and Eoghan O’Regan chipped in with scores while even centre-back Johnny Duane – a score that had its origins on his end-line and a movement involving half a dozen players – got in on the act.
Maughan (free) pulled one back to end a 20 minutes barren spell for St. Michael’s but this score was cancelled out by Conroy (free) leaving his side 0-8 to 1-3 to the good at the small whistle.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.