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.
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.