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Galway has a long and proud equestrian tradition, from the world renowned Connemara pony to the Galway Races. A Way With Horses by Niamh Ó Dochartaigh highlights 10 Galway people who were instrumental in upholding that tradition over the past century.
For the second time since the New Year, the weather is playing havoc with Connacht’s Magners League campaign. Having been forced to postpone their game against Leinster just two hours before kick-off on January 2, Connacht were on Wednesday hit with another postponement as the freezing conditions around the country remain relentless. The Newport Gwent Dragons were due to leave Wales on Thursday for tonights Sportsground game at 6.30pm. However before their departure a decision to postpone was taken based on the pitch’s suitability and on the conditions in which they would have to travel, according to Connacht’s chief executive officer Gerry Kelly.
For one Westmeath teen, 2010 could be the year when dreams come true as he battles it out to become Football’s Next Star.
Galway United is seeking to inject some much-needed stability with the appointment of its third coach in two years.
Moycullen men’s Superleague basketballers begin an intensive month of training in a bid to turn their season around.
Following on from last week’s article, where I looked at some of the food businesses that have expanded during 2009, I decided to focus on one establishment that has had a phenomenal success since it opened less than two years ago. Basilico is the name and it is located in The Coach House, Main Street, Oranmore. Since the very first day it opened its doors the people have flocked there — why? To find out I asked Fabiano and Paulo to take some time out and have a chat.
Galway athletes returned to action on Saturday at the National Junior Indoor Track & Field Championships.
•The next instalment of Galway Triathlon Club’s lecture series will take place next week with a talk on long-distance racing by some of Galway’s most experienced athletes. The open-forum will be hosted by Athenry AC’s ultra distance runner Mick Rice, multiple Ironman competitor Reilly Dibner, and stage race cyclist Nigel Forde. The session will be chaired by GTC coach Ray Glynn and will give an insight into long distance running, cycling, and triathlon. The talk will take place in the Radisson Hotel on Monday January 25 at 7pm.
Connacht travel to Madrid this weekend looking to put the icing on the cake in their final Amlin Challenge Cup pool fixture. Unbeaten and having already qualified, Connacht are now looking at a bonus-winning result to ensure a home quarter-final. And depending on Wasps’ result in France last night, they could even be looking at gaining the top seed for the knock-out stages. Olympus Rugby XV Madrid should not present a banana skin to this current crop of Connacht players, who last week showed considerable focus and nouse in disposing of Montpellier’s efforts to grab the top qualifying spot in pool 2. And coach Michael Bradley is taking nothing for granted, “travelling strong” for this final group fixture.
The members of Ballina Town Council took another step towards the opening of the Jackie Clarke Library in the town with the passing of a part eight report on the project put before them at their monthly meeting this week. The part eight report which was put out for public consideration last year saw one submission which came from three sons of Jackie Clarke received by the council in relation to the proposed project. Independent councillor Peter Clarke, who is also a son of Jackie Clarke, excused himself from discussion on the report saying: “It might be perceived that I have a conflict of interest in this matter, but I’d like to put it on the record that myself and my mother would hope that you do the right thing in relation to this.”