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.
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.