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Accurate Healy helps Craughwell hang on for first round victory

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Date Published: 27-Apr-2011

CRAUGHWELL 0-15

GORT 1-11

FRANK FARRAGHER

IN ATHENRY

NOT much daylight between Craughwell and Gort in this senior hurling championship Group D clash at Kenny Park on Saturday evening, but in the end the precision long range freetaking of one Niall Healy proved to be the decisive factor of a reasonably entertaining encounter.

Gort had their chances though – most of them in the first half – but at least a half dozen wides and a few point efforts dropped short into the Craughwell square, and that ultimately proved to be fatal for the South Galway side.

The bit of early luck wasn’t on the side of Matt Murphy’s charges either. Twice in the first half when Gerard O’Donoghue and Ollie Fahy had only Craughwell ‘keeper Jamie Ryan to beat, both were blown back by referee Alan Kelly for Gort frees – the application of the advantage rule though might have yielded critical goals.

Gort had played with the assistance of the stiffish first half breeze into the scoreboard goal and with Brian Regan in commanding form at centre back, a decent supply of ball was laid on to their forward line.

Aidan Harte grafted very hard in that first half without getting a commensurate scoreboard reward from play while Paul Killilea, Gerard O’Donoghue and Ollie Fahy made some good bursts, but too many decent chances were spurned.

By contrast, Craughwell – while not setting the world on fire either – were far tidier at the other end. Fergal Healy fired home three crisp efforts from play while Niall Healy, in a portent of things to come from Gort, drove three frees into the wind and over the black spot.

Aidan Harte (4), Ollie Fahy and Paul Killilea did hit the target for Gort but they had to rely on a smart 28th minute save from ‘keeper Peter Cummins when Fergal Healy scented a goal.

Down by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval and facing into the second half breeze, the odds were stacked against Gort. Things got worse for them when Niall Healy turned on an exhibition of long range freetaking, points that put his side into a 0-14 to 0-8 lead midway through the half.

Just when hope seemed to be evaporating from the Gort cause, their fire was rekindled when a long range Aidan Harte free got a touch from Paul Killilea, in the process nestling the sliotar in the back of the Craughwell net.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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