Date Published: 15-Jun-2011
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.”
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.