Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Just over a month ago in Semple Stadium, the Galway camogie players trooped off the field at full-time after being subjected to a 3-10 to 0-10 masterclass from old foes Wexford. This Saturday in Belfield, Enniscorthy (3pm), the Tribeswomen are out to restore pride in the maroon and white jersey.
It is now 15 years since Galway secured their one and only All Ireland title and while hopes were high of eclipsing that gap following last year’s impressive run, the performance – or non performance as it transpired – in the league final hammered home the reality that Galway have it all to do if they are make the ascent up the steps of the Hogan Stand come September.
All of Galway’s old failings came home to roost on that Sunday in Thurles. Their inability to perform on the big stage was once more highlighted, while the defence was ripped to shreds by the pace and skill of Wexford’s attacking unit.
Consequently, Galway’s starting XV this Saturday will have a much different complexion than that which lined out in the league decider. Sandra Tannian (St Thomas) and Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses) are likely to line out among the forwards, while Athenry’s Therese Maher is heading in the opposite direction to bolster the defence.
That said, Galway will be without the services of Niamh McGrath, Rebecca Hennelly, Shauna Healy and Laura Mitchell all of who are exam tied. Nevertheless manger Noel Finn is optimistic about his side’s chances when speaking to Tribune Sport ahead of the fixture.
“The basic core work is done. The fitness is excellent. We’re probably a little bit ahead of where we were this time last year. Going to down to Wexford will be hard, but if we want to be contenders we have to be pushing them hard. We’re not going down to lose.”
“If we could get a result it would be a great confidence boost. We have a score to settle with them. The girls are anxious to atone for the past defeats against Wexford.
“We had a chance during the league final but fluffed it. We had them level, but missed our opportunities to go in front. We couldn’t make them come from behind.”
In any event, Galway will be hoping to run a much tighter ship in front of their own goal and they will need to against a Wexford full forward line in which Katrina Parrock and Lenny Holohan will pose a potent threat.
If Galway is to win this one, their forwards will need to score heavily. The 10 points amassed in the League decider, where a half back and midfielder scored more from play that the starting front six combined, will simply not be good enough.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
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.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
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.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
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.