Date Published: 05-May-2011
St. Thomas’ 5-16
ST. Thomas’ produced a tour de force performance last Saturday to relaunch their senior hurling championship campaign with five goals against a Turloughmore side who’ll be soul searching again if they are to avoid the relegation dogfight.
Those attending Kenny Park may have expected Portumna to produce a sizeable victory in the first game of a double header, but nobody suspected the Kilchreest/Peterswell would do even better after their first day defeat to Sarsfields.
For Turloughmore, they started well and maintained the battle in the first half but let the game seriously slip them by after the restart and now must beat reigning All-Ireland champions Clarinbridge or Sarsfields to avoid the relegation play-offs.
Brendan Holland’s Turloughmore side made the better start and registered points from Daithi Burke, Matthew Keating and Brian Murphy by the eighth minute. But James Regan’s speculative effort for St. Thomas’ 60 seconds earlier ensured parity as his shot dipped into the net to leave the score, 1-0 to 0-3.
After allowing their opponents control the tempo for the first 10 minutes, St. Thomas’ dominated the middle part of the half and their second goal inspired an exhibition of score taking to move clear.
Brendan Burke’s long low ball in the 12th minute wasn’t dealt with by Paul Dullaghan as the St. Thomas’ attack applied the pressure. Eventually, the waiting Kenneth Burke, on the 20 metre line, took the sliothar and drove to the net for a three point lead.
Suddenly, St. Thomas’ seized the initiative and got four white flags within two minutes. Conor Cooney on the left, Bernard Burke on the right and Gerald Murray through the middle all scored from distance before Darragh Burke surpassed that with one from 90 yards to make it 2-4 to 0-3. Murphy tried to settle Turloughmore with a free but Darragh and David Burke, along with a Cooney placed ball, gave St. Thomas’ a 2-7 to 0-4 lead on 22 minutes.
St. Thomas’ should have pushed on with the momentum and the breeze before the break but with their forwards coming out too deep, attacks were quickly cleared and Turloughmore battled back to reduce the deficit to five. Murphy got the first two from play and a free, Darren O’Shaughnessy added two more while a Keating effort concluded their half trailing by just 2-8 to 0-9 with Richie Murray replying for St. Thomas’.
The contest was perfectly poised but Turloughmore never responded as St. Thomas’ moved up the gears upon the restart. Despite missing three frees, Cooney pointed from play in the fourth minute to stretch the lead to six. Murray added another before points from Cooney and David Burke made it 2-12 to 0-9 by the 39th minute.
Turloughmore can be thankful Regan didn’t get a penalty when he went to ground a minute beforehand but after Keating reduced the deficit with his third point, there was no reprieve on the three quarter mark when corner forward Anthony Kelly received a long low ball before attacking goal and registering a three-pointer to decide this contest.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.