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Time is right for Galway to show their true worth

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Date Published: 15-Jun-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

THE Galway team management have rung the changes for their Leinster hurling semi-final showdown against National League champions Dublin in Tullamore on Saturday (7pm), with Joe Canning, Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan and Eanna Ryan all drafted into the starting line-up.

Following a disjointed display in their 4-17 to 2-14 victory over Westmeath in the opening round of the provincial championship, the management have carried out significant surgery to the team. Kavanagh and Regan have been drafted in for Johnny Coen and John Lee respectively in defence, while Ryan and Canning replace Kevin Hynes and Andy Smith further up the field.

As a consequence, Clarinbridge’s Barry Daly moves from attack to partner St. Thomas’ David Burke in midfield, while the half-forward line will now be made up of Joe Gantley – who switches from full-forward – Cyril Donnellan and Eanna Ryan. Inside, Damien Hayes, Canning and Aonghus Callanan will provide the scoring threat.

In all, it is a well-balanced side, although most ‘hurlers on the ditch’ may prefer to see Kavanagh at full-back to allow David Collins the opportunity to flourish – as he has done so many times in the past – in the half-back line.

John McIntyre and his mentors will also be hoping the gamble of moving Gantley to the half-forward line will pay dividends and if he carries his club championship form – he has been outstanding under the high ball for Beagh – into Saturday evening’s clash, it would go some way to addressing their current failings under the dropping ball.

Of course, given the number of scoring chances Dublin are creating these days – they defeated Offaly 2-21 to 1-20 in their Leinster championship opener – the Galway defence will be severely tested.

Captain Damien Joyce and Fergal Moore, though, are two tidy corner-backs while, in the half-back line, Tony Óg Regan – arguably Galway’s player of the year in 2010 – and Adrian Cullinane will need to put in a solid 70-minute plus shift.

Although Galway will be without their injured trio of Ger Farragher (knee), Iarla Tannian (hand) and Niall Donoghue (calf), one of the positives has to be their strength and depth on the bench. Kinvara’s Colm Callanan is just as capable between the posts as No. 1 James Skehill, while John Lee, Gerard O’Halloran, Donal Barry and Johnny Coen provide ample cover for the Tribesmen’s rearguard.

Around the middle, one suspects the management will waste little time in throwing Kevin Hynes and the recalled Alan Kerins into the fray while, in offence, Aidan Harte, Andy Smith, James Regan and Eoin Forde have the ability to add impetus to any attack.

“This was probably the most difficult team to pick in my long involvement in hurling,” said Galway boss McIntyre. “There were a number of very tight calls but, on the other hand, it just shows that there is huge competition for places. And that is generally a major plank behind most successful teams.

“However, I am expecting a real dog fight against Dublin in Tullamore. It will be a ferocious battle between two teams revved up to the last and who want to take the direct route to the concluding stages of the All-Ireland championship. There has been a low key build-up to the game in Galway and there doesn’t seem to be much talk about the match. That, though, will have no impact on the way Galway perform in Tullamore.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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