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Suspended Molloy to miss Mervue United’s First Division home tie against Limerick

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Date Published: 14-Apr-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

MERVUE United will look to leapfrog mid-table rivals, Limerick in the Airtricity First Division table when they face the Shannonsiders at Fahy Field this evening, Friday (7:45pm).

Indeed, a victory for Johnny Glynn’s outfit could see them climb into the top five and that would be a remarkable achievement given their relationship with the bottom of the table over the past number of seasons.

That said, judging on their opening five games, Mervue United have certainly showed signs that they are a squad moving in the right direction. Away victories over derby rivals Salthill Devon and Wexford Youths, and a draw against Cork City Foras, have yielded seven league points – one less than Limerick, who have two wins and two draws from six outings.

Mervue were also unlucky against Longford Town – a game they deserved to get something out of – while their only other defeat came to league leaders Shelbourne, a 2-1 loss at home last month. Definitely, no shame in that.

Their duels with Limerick last year also give rise to optimism. They drew their opening game at home 1-1, before going down 2-0 away mid-season. Their final game was a narrow 1-0 defeat at home, but if Mervue have improved in 2011, then reversing such a scoreline this evening is well within their scope.

Manager Glynn does have injury concerns, with long-term injury victim Dan Cunningham and Dave Goldbey both out, while striker Jason Molloy serves a one-match suspension, following four yellows.

However, Mervue would appear to be in good shape other than that, although Glynn – true to his nature – urges caution ahead of this important First Division fixture. “Yes, it is an opportunity for us to pick up three points, but we also have to put it into perspective. One of their player’s weekly wage would almost be the equivalent of what it takes to fund our team for the week. That’s if you were to look at it in financial terms.

“Now, I am not one of those managers that gives out about budgets or what have you – like other managers do – but Limerick have big plans and they are looking to get promoted this year,” says the Mervue boss.

Still, following a satisfactory start to their campaign, there has to be room for optimism this evening. “Absolutely,” agrees Glynn, "but all we want to do is focus on our next match. I am not one to be looking at tables too much, although I’m sure that (the opportunity to leapfrog Limerick) is probably something the lads are looking at themselves.

“I just want us to focus on our own performance, and try to get us into a winning habit. Confidence is a big thing for us, having been at the bottom of the table the last two seasons. So, wins help build confidence in a big way – it’s a good habit to get into – and we will be trying to take all three points on Friday evening. Certainly, they would be a massive, massive – three points for us,” concludes Glynn.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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