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Utd effort goes unrewarded as late goal seals points for hosts

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Date Published: 14-Mar-2011

Dundalk 3

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Cian O’Connell

On a wicked Friday night at Oriel Park, Galway United departed with the valiant, plucky losers tag manager Sean Connor hates. A smashing encounter, sprinkled with goals and honest football ended in a cruel defeat as Dundalk eked out a win after United had twice fought back to equalise.

Ultimately all of United’s effort was in vain as an avoidable 86th minute goal from Shane Guthrie ensured a typically passionate Louth audience furiously celebrated their first League success of what promises to be a lively campaign. It was a tad harsh on the visitors, who had contributed so much to an eventful tussle, that they made the long trek home without any tangible reward.

Though United didn’t take any points, there was plenty to admire in the diligent and determined manner they examined the character of a Dundalk outfit that is blessed with decorated performers in Irish football. Any squad containing Colin Hawkins, Mark Quigley, and Jason Byrne has to be deemed serious contenders for all the silverware that is available, but United’s less heralded side competed with the necessary bite and bark.

Shaun Kelly’s invention and Karl Moore’s sparkling wing play were the main sources of United optimism on an evening which also marked a welcome return to top flight action for Alan Murphy. Though United went away empty-handed, there was a real doggedness to the display that suggests Connor has forged a battling spirit with a team that was cobbled together so briskly.

From the first whistle it was apparent that this would be a fixture dripping with goalmouth action. The artificial Oriel surface can be tricky when rain falls with such venom, and two minutes in United carved the home defence open when Gary Curran’s clever pass released Karl Moore, but Dundalk custodian Paul Murphy made a decent save.

Unsurprisingly, United were adopting a physical approach which annoyed the locals. Shaun Kelly clattered into Ross Gaynor after five minutes and was booked for the meaty challenge. Then Moore nailed Daniel Kearns moments later on the far side as United sought to disturb Dundalk’s passing style. It was certainly working as United moved the ball sharply forward into the channels where the willing Joseph Yoffe craved involvement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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