Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
DESPITE the blustery conditions and occasional squalls the crowd gathered at the Athlone IT track for the Aviva Connacht Schools Track & Field Championships were treated to a fine day’s athletics, one that saw a number of old schools’ records falling as eight Championship Best Performances were set.
For most of the senior (U-19) athletes competing, this was to be their last appearance in the colours of their school, and the determination to go out with a bang was evident in the high level of competition throughout the day. The senior boy’s events featured a number of double winners, chief amongst them Stephen Kelly from Yeats College who set a new championship record for the 400m Hurdles (56.5s) while also taking the laurels in the 400m flat event.
Ben Cooney proved to fastest man in the arena when winning both the 100m and 200m finals for his school St. Enda’s, while Keith Fallon of St. Mary’s College, Galway came second in the 1500m. Peadar O hAirbhi, of Colaiste an Eachraidh in Athenry, was a convincing winner of the 5000m while Presentation Headford, backboned by 110 hurdles medallists Simon Callaghan and Sean Kyne, showed a clean pair of heals to all-comers to help their team to victory ahead of St. Enda’s and St. Mary’s in the relay.
In the field events, it was a good day for west Galway as Jeac O Gaoithain from An Ceathru Rua and Seamus O Conghaile from An Spideal won the Shot Putt and the Long Jump respectively. Oscar Becs of St. Mary’s took the javelin gold medal for the second year running with an excellent final round throw and, in the process, helped his School to retain the overall shield for best senior boys school for the fourth year in succession.
The senior girl’s events were equally as competitive and Mary Heavey from Presentation Athenry took the 200m title, while teammate Ashley McDonnell won the Triple Jump.
Another star performer was Loughrea VS student Melissa Barrett who convincingly won the Discus before finishing second in the javelin.
In the Intermediate (U-17) boys competition, Loughrea VS athletes were to the fore in the technical field events as Paul Asacious took the Shot Putt title while teammate Caomhan Conaglan won gold in the Triple Jump and the High Jump. An exciting Hammer competition saw All-Ireland medallist Eamon Regan from Castlebar edge out Alan Murtagh from St. Mary’s, while Evan McGuire from St. Josephs showed his versatility to take the Javelin title and the 100m Hurdles.
Also in the hurdles, Anthony Hebron from St. Mary’s, Galway showed his great potential with a convincing victory in the 400m hurdles event.
The middle distance races were dominated by Galway athletes as Finn Stoneman from St. Enda’s won the 1500m while Gary O’Connell from St. Mary’s just held off the challenge of his teammate Paul Fahy to take the 1500m Steeplechase gold medal. There was an excellent sprint double for Darren Whyte of Holy Rosary Mountbellew, while St. Mary’s College, was the convincing winners of the best overall Intermediate boys school shield.
Athenry athletes were to the fore at intermediate level as Mairead McCann from Athenry VS captured the Long Jump title, while Maria McNamara from local rivals, the Pres, took the High Jump gold as well as finishing second in the Triple Jump. On the track, her teammate Sinead Gaffney took gold in the 300m, finished third in the 800m and then helped her team to victory in the relay. Loughrea VS athlete Ciara Hanlon continued the gold medal tally for her school in the field events with a fine win in the Discus
At Junior (U-15) Boys level, Nicholas Sheehan from Oranmore finished second in the 800m, while in the field events, St. Mary’s College athletes were to the fore as Moycullen students Darragh Mulkerrins and Ronan Higgins secured the Long Jump and Triple Jump titles respectively, while Gabriel Garwe finished just ahead of his teammate James McMahon in the Discus. A further set of medals were won by Conor Harlowe and Jack Felle as they finished second and third in the Hammer. Oisin McNally from Loughrea VS won the High Jump.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.