Date Published: 04-Apr-2011
by Ciaran Tierney
If they are to go down, they are going down fighting. But there was enough spirit, determination, and sheer class in the Galway footballers’ shock Allianz NFL Division One victory over Armagh on Sunday to indicate that the Tribesmen might just salvage a campaign which looked sure to end in relegation.
Now, suddenly, they have a Division One lifeline. If they can beat Dublin at Pearse Stadium next Sunday (2.30pm), Monaghan fail to beat Mayo at home, and Armagh lose to All-Ireland champions Cork away from home, Galway will be playing top flight football next year. What a dramatic turnaround that would be after five straight defeats in the opening five games.
Nobody saw this one coming, even if there were glimpses of an improvement in the home defeat to Cork in the previous round. Galway were bottom of the table before the fixture at the Armagh Athletic Grounds and looked to be doomed when they trailed by 0-4 to no score after just six minutes.
The damage could have been even worse as a shot by full-forward Steven McDonnell came crashing back off Adrian Faherty’s crossbar. The few souls who made the long trip North must have felt a heavy defeat was on the cards but, instead, Tomas Ó Flatharta’s side turned on the style to outscore the Ulster men by 1-9 to 0-3 in the remainder of the first half.
They sorted out their defence, the towering Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin gradually took a hold in midfield, Gary Sice was sensational at wing back, while Padraic Joyce, Cormac Bane, and Paul Conroy kicked a succession of wonderful scores.
The return of veteran attacker Joyce, a late addition after Matthew Clancy tweaked a groin in the warm-up, clearly galvanised the men in maroon but, as Ó Flatharta was keen to point out, this was an excellent all-round team performance.
See full report – and Galway’s U21 Connacht Final triumph – in this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.