Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
THEY made hard work of it but in the end the Galway minor football team were full value for their eight points victory over hosts Sligo in the quarter-final of the Connacht Championship on Saturday evening.
The win was all-important in this knockout clash – there’s no backdoor – but manager Tommie Joyce, in his first season in charge, will be hoping his charges also blew away a few Leaving Cert cobwebs as they have a quick turnaround and face Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon in the semi-final this coming weekend.
The Tribesmen won’t get too carried away with the margin of the win – it should have been more – because despite their solid initial resistance, Sligo were a very average looking outfit that put in a poor performance in the second half. If Galway had somehow lost this clash, they could only blame themselves.
Galway were far superior for large chunks of the hour but they lacked a bit of sharpness and looked rusty early on, particularly in the scoring department – there is ample scope for honing their shooting, teamwork and interplay but the game time and match practice should bring them on.
The young Tribesmen had no real stand-out performances – although midfielder Seán Moran stamped his authority on proceedings after the break and Shane Walsh also turned on the style at times in the second half – and there’s room for improvement if Galway are to advance to a Connacht final, which would guarantee at least an All-Ireland quarter-final berth.
Both sides started nervously and tentatively in an opening half that will be remembered most for wastefulness and a lack of team play from the Galway attack – six players kicked a total of ten wides in the first 30 minutes and the Galway forwards spurned at least five more scoring opportunities, including a couple of goal chances, with poor shot selection and tame efforts that dropped into the welcome arms of Sligo ‘keeper Vincent Cadden, a frustrating feature.
It was just one point apiece after an error strewn 15 minutes of shadow boxing, full-forward Niall Murphy fisting the opener and Conor Rabbitte responding with a long-range effort that settled the visitors. Despite Galway owning possession for large tracts, Sligo were more economical and went two points up when Murphy and Stephen Kilcoyne (free) split the posts.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.