Date Published: 23-Mar-2011
Doneraile (Cork) 0-5
THE magic month for Galway clubs continued last Sunday in County Limerick as Ballinderreen completed a hat trick of national titles with this seven point win in the Junior B All-Ireland Final.
It wasn’t the high scoring feats of Killimor’s camogie players or the Clarinbridge hurlers in Croke Park, but this performance lacked nothing in composure as Ballinderreen weathered the threat from the Cork side and picked off crucial scores at critical times to ensure their success.
On a fine afternoon, Ballinderreen won the toss and captain Keith Carr opted against the slight breeze, but they set about their task blocking Doneraile attacks as the Munster champions were guilty of eight wides and didn’t manage a score from play.
They did attack from the start. Ian O’Brien dropped a free into Sean Corcoran’s hands in the third minute while Ronan Good and Christopher O’Keeffe combined dangerously three minutes later only for Noel Linnane to block their path to goal.
Cillian Good put Doneraile ahead in the seventh minute but Ballinderreen started to settle afterwards and a first-rate 55 yard free from Carr in the 14th minute against the breeze restored parity.
Interestingly, the Cork outfit changed their free taker with Jason O’Callaghan knocking over the next free as more shots from distance went wide of the target. Joe Connolly’s unit weren’t fazed as they found scores from substitute Gavin Duffy and corner forward Shane Coen by the 21st minute to take the lead.
Ballinderreen were gaining more of an edge as the half progressed and stretched their lead in the 28th minute. A swift move involving Carr and Finbarr Meehan saw an excellent catch by Gerry Helebert in the square and he was fouled to prevent a goal chance.
Carr’s penalty was saved by Kevin Cotter but the captain responded in injury time with a point from play to give the Galway side a 0-4 to 0-3 interval lead after O’Callaghan got his second free for Doneraile.
After soaking up the pressure, it was time to be assertive and Ballinderreen were after the restart punishing Doneraile misses to secure the All-Ireland crown by the 43rd minute. From the throw-in, Coen tried to pick out Sean Costello on the edge of the square. The centre forward saw possession spilled but Coen’s momentum continued as he regained the ball before hitting the net and Ballinderreen were four ahead after just 37 seconds.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.