24th Nov

Season update

"GMIT Soccer were back in action with trials and training sessions on Sept 29th. Since then, we have had over 80 players participating at different stages throughout the weeks and months. College competitions back on November 2nd and we have had a hectic schedule since.Our 1st Team have played 3 games so far and are currently sitting on top of their group with just 1 game remaining. Any positive result at home against MUS – Limerick on November 30th will gain qualification to the knock-out phase. Wed with a 3-2 home win against MTU – Cork, with goals from Calum Browne x 2 and Evan Reape. Next up was a 2-1 away win against Carlow IT, with goals again from Calum and Evan. Just this week we played an entertaining 2-2 draw in the ‘Derby’ game against NUIG, with 2 crackers from Calum Browne and Ben Edeh. Our 2nd Team are also unbeaten with 2 games played and are currently lying in 2nd place in the league. Only a victory over local rivals GTI in their remaining fixture on Nov 2nd will ensure qualification to the knock-out phase. Wed with an away draw to MUS – Limerick with goals from Aaron Kelly and Daniel Cafferky. Next up was an away trip to MUS – Athlone in which we won 6-0 with goals from Daniel Cafferky, Thomas Gillespie, Francesco Bonito and an Aaron Kelly hat-trick. Training has continued over the last number of weeks for all players at all levels and new players are always welcome on the Wednesday evenings for assessments. Coaches: Brian Laffey, Neil O’Leary and Alan Conboy."

11th Nov

Ladies GAA Match vrs IT Sligo

"Bags scattered around the front door, excited chatter as girls gather in pods in reception, a bus trip, pre match nerves and the renewal of a fierce rivalry , bar the face masks it was as if normal service had been resumed – and its very fitting that the one group who have given us so much to cheer about over the last number of years, Ladies GAA, were the ones to fly the flag and carry the banner into battle as we got back to a first competitive road trip. And make no mistake a battle it was going to be! The older girls on the side had major pre-pandemic scores to settle with this IT Sligo side and by virtue of a narrow defeat in their opening game against MICL Thurles the girls knew that this was do or die- if they didn’t win their league campaign was over before it effectively got started. The battle ground was ready and the generals, Mickey Feeney and Daniel Caldwell, had their troops finely tuned and ready to fire- the rest was up to them.  Knowing what was at stake the girls sprang into action and in keeping with the military theme went straight on the attack- blitzing the Sligo defence from the off and laying siege to the goal. The Sligo defence had to repel a volley of attacks firstly from Emma Halton who rattled the post high up as the woodwork denied the opening score, then from Lisa Killoran who pivoted and fired a thunderbolt which looked goal bound , having the keeper soundly beaten, but it cannoned off the cross bar. The breakthrough finally came when Anna Tuohy, who spearheaded the attack, linked brilliantly with first Emma and then Niamh Burke before coming onto the latter’s pass at speed to fire over the opening score. The defence had been breached and concentrated waves of attacks saw the girls cruelly punish the Sligo defence to press home their advantage. First Lisa Scahill did great work forcing a free which Anna duly tapped over. Anna added to her tally when she finished a fine flowing move where Lucy Touhy and Emma combined cleverly. These were flesh wounds to the Sligo girls, but a killer blow was dealt shortly afterwards when Bronagh Quinn crashed a bullet to the net finishing a move she started with a blistering run from deep before linking with Olwyn Kenny to take the return and finish in style. Sligo were still reeling from this onslaught when Anna, who led the charge superbly, added another point before linking with Bronagh and hammering an unstoppable shot across the keeper and into the far corner for a second goal. The water break allowed  Sligo to recover from that shock and awe of an opening and they started to gain a little more territory and ask a few probing questions but the defence, (brilliantly marshalled by Captain Maeve Flanagan), stood tall and made them work hard for any progress they made – the speedy wing back pairing of Shona  Hickey and Saoirse Tunney were quick to spot danger and moved effectively to cut out the threat and when Sligo did go long the full back line of Sophie Devanney, Ciara McDonagh  and Rachel Barrett were steadfast in their duty of protecting  keeper Emily McGrory and they thwarted all efforts at goal forcing Sligo to kick from distance, and while they did land a few fine scores from long range they couldn’t get the three pointers they needed to make effective inroads into the big lead that had been built up. The heart of any comeback was broken when Emma, ( who along with her midfield partner Bronagh dominated the middle sector with a ferocious tenacity that was so impressive to observe), rounded of a great move started by Olwyn added to by Lisa Scahill but effectively made by Lisa Killoran who did a miraculous job of keeping control of the ball coming at high speed just above the grass  level and in one sweeping move pivot and pop it to Emma for the goal that realistically pushed them out of sight. Emma raised another Green Flag before Lisa Scahill marked an impressive debut with a fine point coming at the end of a surging run from Maeve that started on her own 40-yard line and brought an end to an extremely impressive 30- minute spell which saw the girls go in 3-08 to 0-5 at the break As with the water break the Sligo mentors took advantage of half time to regroup and in fairness they mustered their forces to mount a spirited charge and were a much improved outfit at the start of the second half. The attacking efforts of the first half started to take their toll on energy levels in the GMIT camp and by winning their own kick outs and starting to get possession more easily in the middle third Sligo started to make inroads and had the Lion’s share of possession in the third quarter. Worryingly they hit 3 points without reply and had the same post and cross bar that had thwarted Mayo in the first half not come to their rescue at this stage, or had Emily not produced another string of quality saves, (we have come to expect so much of her that some of heroics can get taken for granted), the comeback could have became a more immediate threat. As it was that splash of luck aligned with some outstanding defending, with Sophie clearing her lines and lifting the siege to great effect, meant that the scoreboard remained in their favour and they pushed on in the fourth quarter to close out the victory. Injury to Rachel Barrett meant she had to be withdrawn but it was great to have someone with the experience of Megan Carty to come in and steady the ship and with that done the forwards found their shooting boots again with Niamh Burke notching her first score, but not her only contribution as she had proved a great target in the inside line and linked in with the other forwards brilliantly. Fresh legs were introduced for girls who had emptied the tanks in a mammoth effort with Deirdre Hamill, Shauna Tolan, Hazel Farell and Orla Burke all accounting for themselves well while Vivienne Ward was particularly impressive Sligo tacked on a couple of points, but they were no more than consolations at this stage. The girls finished strongest with Anna instrumental in setting up Lisa Scahil for her third score in what was a very impressive first outing and she wasn’t happy to just provide assists as she signed off an incredible display with another point, again with an offload from Niamh, to take her tally to 1-6. Vivienne had the final say with a fine point to signal the end of proceedings and see the girls run out 3-12 to 0-10 victors and they were well deserving of their victory. There were heroic performances all over the field, already mentioned above, such as Anna’s excellent tally,  but special mention must also go to Captain Maeve Flanagan for her calm and steady leadership while the mid-field duo of Emma and Bronagh were outstanding for their energy levels ferocious tackling and intelligent link play. But probably the standout performance of the afternoon, and one the management team were delighted with as they know they have unearthed a new weapon, was Lucy Tuohy. Lucy’s speed and fitness are incomparable and when allied to her dedication to the task in hand – in this instance marking the Sligo wingback who looked extremely dangerous in the opening exchanges – she was a force to be reckoned with.  Credited with 15 turnovers her contribution was one of the main reasons the great Sligo fightback that we were all expecting never really got off the ground because whenever it threatened to sprout Lucy was there to nip it in the bud before it could grow into a serious threat and I’d say many of the Sligo girls would have been cursing her long after the final whistle, such was her dogged determination and refusal to give in.  Next up is a home game against Marino and the girls know that a win will secure them a place in the All-Ireland semi-final ………… they have won this particular battle the question now is can they go on and win the war?  "

23rd Oct

CAS Protocol of last weeks meeting

"CAS Protocol 20.10.2021 First meeting: Brainstorming session   3:30-4:50 5 members attended  During the meeting we discussed different ideas for different types of meet ups and Workshops. At the moment I (Cara Chairperson of CAS) am in discussions with the SU to get a Bus organized down to Letterfrack to view the campus and meet the other students. We also briefly discussed organizing a tour of the TULCA festival coming to Galway soon. We plan on discussing this in the next meeting.  Workshop and Activity ideas we came up with Mural workshop (keeping in mind that we may be organizing murals all over the GMIT campuses)  I ran the idea of creating murals on the GMIT campuses and in bathrooms to stop vandalism past the SU and the head of CCAM and they seemed to like the idea (I would like to hear everyone's thoughts on this in the next meeting)  Felt Art Workshop: I learned how to Felt while on Erasmus and thought this might be of interest to some of you  Life drawing Workshop: Improving on or simply just enjoying sketching skills  Filmmaker talk: we have a few Film students that thought everyone would like to get a Film maker or producer in to give a talk on their creative process (still only an idea that needs fleshing out)  Potluck Art night: A night where everyone brings a dish and we eat, drink and make art  These could also just be Movie nights with a discussion after (potential to make this monthly thing) Excursions to the Palais in Galway to watch movies as a group Making community art collections  Setting up Art Boxes for people to exchange art around the campuses  Collection boxes for specific items for 3D students (exp. bottle cap collections) Excursions to other art colleges, museums and art/film festivals around Ireland   If you have any questions or further ideas or wishes do not hesitate to contact me. The next meeting will be next Thursday or Friday depending on interest. I will send a short questionnaire out on Monday seeing what times suit best for everyone.  "

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