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Blow for Galway as Kilkenny and Healy quit panel

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Date Published: 12-May-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

GALWAY senior hurlers – who are due to begin their Leinster championship campaign in just over three weeks’ time – have suffered a setback following the withdrawals of Craughwell sharpshooter Niall Healy and Kiltormer’s Keith Kilkenny from the inter-county panel during the week.

While Kilkenny, who was called up to the squad last winter, had yet to establish himself in the starting fifteen, 26-year-old Healy had been a near-constant for Galway since making his debut against Laois in 2005.

Indeed, Healy enjoyed his greatest hour during that heady championship of ‘05 when he tallied a magnificent hat-trick of goals against Kilkenny in the Tribesmen’s pulsating 5-18 to 4-18 victory over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Although Galway subsequently lost the All-Ireland final to Cork on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-16, with the Craughwell man substituted midway through the second half, Healy finished the 2005 championship campaign with a total of 4-4, a creditable tally in his debut season.

To ease the pain of that All-Ireland defeat, however, Healy – a younger brother of former Galway midfielder Fergal – was very much to the fore when Galway defeated Cork and Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final and final respectively in the All-Ireland U-21 championship.

Interestingly, of that All-Ireland winning side, just five are now involved in the inter-county senior set-up, namely David Collins, Aonghus Callanan, Eanna Ryan, Joe Gantley and the recently recalled Kerril Wade. In contrast, no less than 10 of that U-21 Kilkenny have gone on to claim All-Ireland senior titles. Those include John Tennyson, PJ Delaney, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick, Richie Power and Eoin Larkin

In any event, Healy’s withdrawal from the Galway senior set-up is a significant blow to manager John McIntyre and his backroom team. “Niall Healy contacted me as we were returning to training on Monday night and expressed his desire to pull out of the panel,” explained the Galway boss.

“Niall felt he had no longer the passion or the hunger to play inter-county hurling and he was enjoying his time back playing with Craughwell. I asked him to reconsider – that I would give him the time to do so – because it was such a big call, but Niall was firm in his decision.

“Keith Kilkenny pulled out during Tuesday night’s training session. He had just got frustrated with the way things were going for him. He felt there was a gap (to inter-county) that he was struggling to bridge. He had given it everything and he just felt he lacked the pace for inter-county hurling. I admired his honesty and, like Niall, we are sorry to see him go.”

The withdrawal of Healy and Kilkenny comes in the aftermath of five players being released from the Galway squad – namely David Hayes (Kiltormer), John Grealish (Athenry), Brian Murphy (Turloughmore), Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields) and Niall Cahalan (Mullagh) – although the management have since done a U-turn and recalled Cahalan.

“Obviously, we had to make some tough calls when reviewing the squad, but the door is not closed on any player as the Niall Cahalan situation showed,” said McIntyre. “It was a marginal call to initially release Niall, but he responded in eye catching manner by scoring six points from play for Mullagh in the senior hurling championship last weekend.”

There have also been recalls for Sarsfields Kerril Wade, Cappataggle goalkeeper James Skehill and 34-year-old Alan Kerins, who was in sparkling form for Clarinbridge during their successful All-Ireland club campaign, while St. Thomas’ James Regan – impressive against Dublin in last year’s U-21 All-Ireland semi-final win – has also been promoted.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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