Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
Galway Garda 1-17
GAA Coaches (Dublin) 2-6
An exhibition of point scoring from Man of the match Cormac Bane helped the Galway Garda to their first All Ireland Interfirms football title.
In a match played in ideal conditions in a splendid Westmanstown venue (Lucan) the Galway Garda lead from start to finish for a deserved victory.
Leading by four points at the interval, the Tribesmen turned on the style in the second-half with a further 13 points, eight of them coming from the Caherlistrane sharp shooter in what was a great all-around performance from the Connacht champions.
The midfield partnership of Brendan Ryan and Shane Walderon swung the midfield battle in the Westerners favour; Niall Lydon, who scored the Garda goal, worked hard throughout winning a lot of procession and linking well with Bane inside; while Barry Burke and Pat Kelly were the pick of the defence.
The Galway men got off to a blistering start and were five points clear in as many minutes. Two Bane points in the opening three minutes lead the way, and the crucial score of the half arrived moments later when a fine passing movement set up Lydon who crashed home from close range.
Stephen Behan opened the Coaches account after 10 minutes but Pat Kelly restored the eight point gap a few minutes later for the Garda. Despite been on top for most of the match the Galway men were guilty of a number of bad wides and failed to add to their tally for 15 minutes.
The Coaches battled hard to get into the match. Points from James Glancy and Paul Faughnan reduced the deficit but Pauric O Connor had the final say of the opening period with a fine individual point three minutes from the interval.
As in the opening half, Bane fired over two early points, one from a close range free to stretch the Garda’s advantage to six in the early minutes of the second half. When Brian Meaney pointed moments later, the Tribesmen seemed to be coasting.
However they were rocked back on the heels in the 40th minute. Slack marking in the Galway defence allowed Ciaran Farrelly in for an opportunist goal but they soon regained the initiative with a superb sideline kick from Bane to settle any doubts which may have been lingering.
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.