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West’s destiny in own hands as Oranmore title bid falters

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Date Published: 25-Apr-2011

Mike Rafferty

On the last occasion these sides were to meet West United raised the while flag and surrendered the points as just seven players were available for a home game against Oranmore. The Claddagh-based side were in the middle of a crisis and the following week they requested the postponement of a game against Corrib Rangers.

They shipped plenty of criticism at that time, but there is something tribal about West and in adversity they regrouped and not only had a good squad on the sideline in Oranmore on Saturday, but plenty of foot soldiers for support as well.

At the final whistle they all departed content as a 5-3 victory left their Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division survival in their own hands for a change.

Meanwhile fellow relegation candidates Salthill Devon showed some bottle themselves when sharing the spoils with Athenry, and it is down to the final games to see who goes down with Dynamo Blues.

The top of the table is equally challenging. Leaders Mervue Unite were not in action, but watched in amazement from their pole position as two of the challengers slipped up and certainly in the case of Oranmore ended their title ambitions.

Defending champions Athenry just picked up one point from two home outings, with a 4-2 home defeat against the Students really sapping the morale.

Meanwhile Hibernians have moved into second position as the Bohermore side used their games in hand to good advantage and have gone up the table almost unnoticed.

Oranmore 3

West United 5

With Oranmore having lost its way and on a losing streak, one can just imagine the West United pre match team talk, with the “get stuck in” philosophy being the polite version of the instructions!

And get struck in they did as two early goals had them in the driving seat before the home side woke from their slumber and in fairness responded very well to lead by 3-2 at the break.

The resumption saw parity for a spell, before West introduced some of their more seasoned performers and the final quarter was all about the visitors as they rattled home three without reply as the home challenge wilted.

West made the perfect start straight just after the kickoff as a little dink over the top released Enda Farragher and one of the more youthful members of the side ran on and opened their account.

Just 16 minutes had elapsed when Mathias O’Malley chested down a long punt, before turning and lobbing the advancing Conor Leydon for a 2-0 advantage.

Mike Fahy kick-started the Oranmore recovery just before the half hour mark as he chipped over Tony Cooke and occasional player manager Ollie Neary led by example by levelling matters as he hammered in a 25 yard screamer off the underside of the crossbar.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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