Galway

  • Hosts England will kick start their title defence in a fortnight’s time when the Republic of Ireland travel to Luton Town to take on the three lions on Friday, March 16 (KO 7pm).

    This will be William O’Connor’s second away fixture on the bounce and he’ll be hoping to start the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with a valuable win away from home in Kenilworth Stadium to make it two wins from two.

    The visitors toppled the Welsh in The Rock two weeks ago to open the 2018 Centenary Shield schedule. A first half brace, the first courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir scholar and Irish Captain Cian MURPHY came eight minutes in. This was cancelled out on the quarter hour mark by Welsh forward Alaric Jones. However the Irish lead was regained a few minutes later through last year’s star St. Declan’s Community College scholar Darryl WALSH. A solid second half performance from the Irish was enough to see off Marc Lloyd Williams’ crew in Cefn Druids AFC to ensure a top of the table appearance for the short term.

    O’Connor will make one change to the Irish set up with Balbriggan pupil Lido Lofeta making way for Grennan College player Colm Whelan for this encounter.

    The English will be relishing this game having demolished the Republic in Dublin twelve months previous with a comprehensive second half display to come from 2-0 down to win out 5-2. The victory ensured a share of the spoils with Northern Ireland last season and the English will be hoping to replicate such success again. Home advantage will prove important for England’s first game of the season and they will be bolstered by the return of forward Jack Butler (King Edward VI High School) who had an impressive campaign for them last year.

    England’s preparations for the Centenary Shield have gone exceptional well. The crew travelled to Valencia for their warm weather training a fortnight ago. A full week of training with two friendly games in the mix proved very productive.  England overcame Valencia and Levante 2-1 on both outings.

    Confidence in the camp will be high heading into this game and it always proves a pulsating tie with the Irish. A number of the Republic of Ireland outfit will be looking to improve their record against their opponents asJames CARROLL (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Darryl WALSH (St. Declan’s Community College) who captained the Irish that evening, Ronan MANNING (formerly of Calasanctius College, Oranmore and currently of Yeats College) and Jack RYAN (Templeogue College) all featured that evening in a frustrating night for Paddy O’Reilly’s charges.

    Following the England encounter, O’Connor’s side will be out again on March 29 in Monaghan United FC as they take on their Northern counterparts in their penultimate fixture. The Irish will then entertain Scotland in their final game of the season when they face the tartan army on April 12 in Home Farm FC, Whitehall. Both home games have a 2pm kick off.

    England Schools have taken things up a notch by managing to secure live television coverage this season of their two home fixtures, thanks to their partners at 247 .TV and FreeSports

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SELECT | Daniel Houghton& Kieran Farren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), James Carroll (St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda), Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Ronan Manning & Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School), Peter Adigun(Riversdale Community College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin) Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Cian Murphy (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford)

     

    MANAGEMENT | Head Coach William O’Connor (Balbriggan Community College), Coach John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray),  GK Coach Conor Foley (Athlone Community College), Performance Analyst Ollie Horgan (St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny), Kit Manager Paul Masterson, Physio Mickey McGlynn Doctor Aiden O’Colmain

    ENGLAND | Daniel Gould, Callum Coulter, Ethan Brookes, Adam Crowther, Fraser Colling, Alex Doyle, Sam McCallum, Cormac Pike, Noah Smerdon, Kyle O’Connor-Ajayi,Ryan Penny,Emmanuel Ogunrinde,Robert Deda,Cieran Jackson, Jack Butler, David Neligwa, Harvey Howell, King Baidoo

    2018 Centenary Shield Results & Fixtures

    February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                       The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)

    March 9                Scotland vs Northern Ireland                       Greenock Morton FC (7pm)

    March 15              Northern Ireland vs Wales                             Newry City AFC (3pm)

    March 16              England vs Republic of Ireland                   Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

    March 23              England vs Scotland                                        Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

    March 29             Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland  Monaghan United FC (2pm)

    March 29             Wales vs England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

    April 6                   Northern Ireland vs England                        Belfast (7pm)

    April 12                  Republic of Ireland vs Scotland                  Home Farm FC (2pm)

     

    April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)

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  • Connacht Rugby has announced a 30 million Euro redevelopement plan for the Sportsground in Galway.

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue

  • Connacht pro players and staff have undergone testing for Covid-19, as part of the return to train protocols put in place by the IRFU.

    The players first had their temperatures taken, and then underwent tests at the Sportsground in Galway yesterday, before they return to pre-season training from next Monday.

     

  • Connacht Rugby have announced a 30 million Euro redevelopment plan for the Sportsground

    The development will include a new stadium with a 12,000 spectator capacity, a new high-performance centre and will maintain the existing greyhound racing track.

    The arrangement with their co-tenants Irish Greyhound Board will ensure that rugby fixtures and greyhound racing events will continue at the venue.

    The CEO of Connacht Rugby, Ballina native Willie Ruane today's announcement is the culmination of around three years assessment and planning.

    Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Hildegarde Naughton says that the new plans will result in both sporting and economic benefits to Galway and the broader region, with Connacht Rugby already estimated to be worth €34.4 million to the regional economy.

  • All roads lead to the Galway village of Corofin tomorrow (Sunday) for the 2018 Connacht Spring Show.

    Traffic on the approach roads is expected to be heavy, and traffic delays in the village itself are anticipated.

    However, show organiser Ray McHugh says there will be plenty of carparking spaces both sides of the Showgrounds.

    Sheep Shearing is the highlight of the event that also includes Machinery and Vintage displays, Dog and poultry shows music, cookery and children’s entertainment

  • Connacht have formally submitted a planning application to Galway City Council for the redevelopment of the Sportsground.

    The Western Province say they have received widespread support from the public and elected representatives, since unveiling their plans in October.

    The 30 million euro project will provide a stadium that can accommodate 12 thousand spectators and a new high performance training centre.

     

     

  • Connacht are set to install temporary terracing at the Sportsground for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 clash with Munster.

    It'll increase the capacity at the Galway venue to 8,129 and the western province say they've had a "huge demand" for tickets.

    The additional terracing will be at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the stadium.

     

     

  • Winners for the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards have been announced following an online campaign which saw nominations flood in from across the country.

    The awards celebrate the hard work and determination of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME business sector and follows the success of last year’s Scottish SME Business Awards and Welsh SME Business Awards.

    27 awards were presented on the night.

    Among the winners was Stephanie O’Malley of Education Desty in Westport who took the Social Leader of the Year award.

    Business of the Year for less than 50 staff in the west of Ireland went to JMB MERIT  in Galway, while Retail Business of the Year for less than 3 units went to Cahalan Jewellers in Ballinasloe.

  • A number of Mayo food businesses were among the winners at the third annual Food Awards Ireland 2018.

    The awards were announced in Dublin on Monday.

    Treanlaur Catering in Mayo won the Caterer of the Year overall award.

    The Restaurant General Manager of the Year award

     went to Rafal Tobiasz at The Pizza Bros in Castlebar.

    The award for best café / bistro in the West was won by Appetite Café in Castlebar, while The Cot and Cobble in Ballina was named Best Restaurant of the year in the West.

    The Pilot Bar in Sligo was named Gasto Pub of the Year in the West.

    And a number of Galway businesses were also among the award winners.

    Aniar Restaurant won the award for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.

    Dela Restaurant in Galway was named best Traditional Irish Restaurant, while Il Vicolo won the award for Best Italian Establishment .

     

     

  • A long-lost family album dating back to the 19th century provided the blueprint for the €3m restoration of Kylemore Abbey, in Connemara.

    A new RTÉ series, 'Great Irish Interiors', catalogues the painstaking restoration of the castle in Kylemore back to the full glory of its heyday in the late 1800s.

    Kylemore has been home to an aristocratic family, a duke and duchess, an order of Benedictine nuns and its last role as a famous boarding school for girls.

    The documentary follows the painstaking restoration of previously unseen rooms at the estate, which had been an international girls' boarding school until a decade ago.

    'Great Irish Interiors - Kylemore Abbey' will be shown at 8.30pm on RTÉ One tonight

  • Construction is to begin shortly on a new radiation oncology centre at University Hospital Galway.

    The three-storey facility will include seven radiotherapy treatment units, two CT rooms, on-treatment support and ancillary services and administration facilities.

    The radiation oncology centre is being built on the site of the former acute mental health units, and work has been taking place over the last 6 months to clear the site, to enable construction to begin.

    Chris Kane, general manager of Galway University Hospitals, says this is a hugely important development for cancer patients in the West.

    The tender process is currently being concluded, and the contractor will be appointed shortly with construction work expected to take about two years.

     

     

  • Hundreds of people are expected to brave the cold water tomorrow to take part in the annual Christmas Day swim for COPE Galway.

    This is the 29th year of the event, which takes place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm on Christmas Day.

    The swim raises funds to support COPE Galway's work with the homeless, those suffering from domestic abuse and with their senior support services.

    As 2018 draws to a close, COPE Galway is working with and supporting over 830 households, and funds from tomorrow's swim to directly towards keeping these services operating.

    Up to 500 people are expected to take part in tomorrow's swim, watched by thousands more.

  • COPE Galway has today launched a new booklet today, to remember the women who lived and worked in the former Magdalen Laundry in Galway.

    The Magdalen Laundry operated on Forster Street from 1870 to 1984.

    The convent building associated with the laundry is to become a new state-of-the-art centre for women and children who experience domestic abuse in Galway.

    The new facility is urgently needed as the Waterside House building - currently being used for COPE Galway's domestic abuse service - is unfit for purpose and does not provide enough space for those looking for safe refuge.

    Last year, the organisation was unable to accomodate 258 women and their 441 children who sought refuge.

    Jacqui Horan, CEO of COPE Galway, told Midwest News that - after years searching for a new facility - the Sisters of Mercy offered the charity a gift of the convent building in the heart of Galway City, which will now undergo a €4 million renovation to provide a domestic abuse refuge.

  • Galway senior club champions Corofin will meet Gweedore of Donegal next Saturday in the AIB All-Ireland senior club semi-final.

    That game has been fixed for Carrick-on-Shannon at 1.30 on Saturday.

  • Back-to-back All-Ireland Club Football champions Corofin are retaining their management team for the coming season.

    Kevin O'Brien's agreed to stay in charge of the Galway side as they bid for three successive national crowns.

    David Morris, Ger Keane, Terry Paine, David Comer, Joe Canney and Michael Comer will stay on board as backroom team.

     

     

  • The HSE says the Department of Health has not yet ruled out the building of a new hospital for Galway at the present overcrowded University Hospital Galway site in the city centre, despite a 150 acre site available at Merlin Park Hospital for the development.

    That position was confirmed by HSE West Management to Galway based Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely at a recent HSE West forum meeting.

    The councillor says he cannot believe that the deparment is even considering the city centre site for the new development, but HSE executive explained that all option continue to be explored.

  • It will be the end of this year, at the earliest, before modular operating theatres are put in place at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway to tackle the backlog of patients waiting for surgery.

    The existing orthopaedic theatre will then be closed, once the new modular theatres open.

    That's according to information provided at yesterday's meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum in Galway.

    The issue was raised again by Galway-based FG Councillor Padraig Conneely, who questioned the delay in providing the modular theatres - which were promised when two theatres at Merlin Park Hospital had to close over 18 months ago due to leaks in the roof.

    One theatre has since reopened, but two modular theatres - which were promised for orthopaedic procedures - have not yet been delivered on, after the project ran into some difficulties.

    Councillors were told at yesterday's meeting that, if planning permission is granted, the new modular theatres will be completed within 9 months.

    The planning application for the modular theatres was described as "a hames" by Councillor Conneely.

  • A Galway Councillor has raised concerns over the future of the Westdoc service in Glenamaddy.

    Ballinasloe area councillor Michael Connolly says the full service is not in operation since Christmas despite a lack of public consultation and prior notice.

    He says this means patients seeking care are now being advised to go to Tuam or Roscommon.

    The Fianna Fáil Councillor claims that no prior public consultation was carried out.

    He's questioning why, if there's been a change of policy in relation to the out-of-hours GP service, local communities have not been officially notified.

     

  • In Galway, seats in the Tuam electoral area were last to be filled at about 4am this morning - the 7 seats went to FG's Peter Roche, Donagh Killilea of FF, Joe Sheridan and Mary Hoade of FF, Independent Karey McHugh, Colm Keaveney of FF and Andrew Reddington, FG - five candidates were elected on the 7th and final count.

    Counting concluded yesterday in the Athenry/Oranmore, Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas.