St Thomas’ 1-23
WHAT an epic senior championship game this was, but at the end of it all, the 2016 county champions are still standing having been pushed to their edge by a gallant and exciting Clarinbridge side.
As good a contest as has been seen in this year’s championship, if not the best, with St Thomas’ showing why they are regarded as the favourites for the 2018 county title, taking everything the ‘Bridge could throw at them, and still finding the wherewithal to come out the right side of the result.
Leading 1-15 to 1-10, Kevin Lally’s side looked in a dominant position entering the final quarter, but 1-3 without reply by Clarinbridge rocked them to the core.
Desperate times called for cool heads and after Evan Niland pointed a controversial 65’ to hand Clarinbridge the lead, Kenneth Burke came off the bench to fire over a last-gasp equaliser from out on the sideline to force extre-time.
Clarinbridge continued to go at St Thomas’ in extra-time and looked the likely winners in the first period, leading for the entirety after influential midfielder Sean Kilduff pointed less than 10 seconds after the throw-in to make it 2-14 to 1-16.
Cooney responded for his side but two quick scores by Niland (free) and Patrick Foley, who had a major impact when introduced, put Jarlath Niland’s team two in front.
Cooney replied again for St Thomas’ before Mark Kennedy and Darragh Burke swapped scores to leave the ‘Bridge one point in front at the change of ends. It was from there that St Thomas’ took over, however, despite conceding to Sean Kilduff right from the throw-in again.
Sean Skehill replaced the injured Fintan Burke at the end of normal time and he negated the influence of Cian Salmon who had been posing problems.
Up the other end, St Thomas’ re-introduced Brendan Farrell who created havoc at the edge of the square and nailed two vital scores along with two more for Darragh Burke (one free) as St Thomas’ secured their berth in the final four after an exceptional 80 plus minutes action.
It felt like an injustice in many ways to see anyone lose this one and for Clarinbridge it will be a bitter pill to swallow following their display, to a man and in particular Alan Armstrong, Shane Bannon, Sean Kilduff, TJ Brennan, Niland, Salmon and Kennedy.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.
The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.
Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.
Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.
The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.
“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.
“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”
Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.
“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.
The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools
Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.
“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.
“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.
A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.