Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
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GALWAY Hockey Club lifted the Connacht Senior cup for the fourth year in succession in an exciting game played in perfect conditions in Dangan recently.
The game started at a fast pace with both teams moving the ball swiftly from end to end and Galway were unlucky not to take an early lead when Emma Johnson forced a fantastic save from Sinead Collins after five minutes.
Both sets of midfielders fought a battle royale with Galway’s Michelle Carey and Deirdre Hatton and Greenfields Neasa McGettigan and Dora Gorman swopping periods of dominance before Deirdre Hatton fed Lindsey Traynor on the left who passed two defenders before forcing a short corner for a foot foul in the circle.
The push out went to Lyndsey Traynor. She passed left to Freddie Timmons who unleashed a powerful shot giving Sinead Collins no chance in the Greenfields goal.
This goal spurred Greenfields into action and they dominated the remainder of the half but failed to hit the backboard. They had two golden opportunities to equalize.
Firstly, in the last ten minutes of the half, Neasa McGettigan carried the ball towards the circle and passed to Alma Whelan on the right. She switched left to Mary Healy who found herself in a one on one with Galway goalkeeper Emily Molloy. Molloy dived and smothered out the chance.
On the stroke of half-time a careless Galway back pass was intercepted by Mary Healy. She passed across the circle to the incoming Grace McCormack on the left. She might have done better with her powerful shot which hit the wrong side of the left upright. In between Galway could have extended their lead when Claire Heskin was just wide following a good cross from Lindsey Traynor.
The game failed to have the same urgency in the first period of the second half and Greenfields again had their chances to equalize, but their forwards continued to squander opportunities with Emily Molloy dealing excellently with two further one on one chances.
Both sides were temporarily reduced to ten players when Louise Fahy of Galway and then Alison Ryan of Greenfields both saw yellow for not getting back the required five metres quickly enough, the umpires having given several previous warnings to players from both sides.
Galway held onto their one goal advantage and Claire Heskin, their captain, was delighted to lift the Connacht Senior Cup again to finish their season off on a high.
Greenfields have a further opportunity to similarly finish on a positive note when they travel to Cork early next month for the play-offs for a place in the All Ireland Hockey League.
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.