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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.