Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
THE last chance of win number eight might well have slipped away at the Sportsground on Friday night as a ruthless Cardiff side pounded their opponents over the course of 80 minutes and were fully deserving of this Magners League victory. Ulster and Munster are next up and Connacht have slipped back to ninth in the table meaning a disappointing end to the campaign now seems likely.
A victory at either Ravenhill or Thomond in the next three weeks would probably be rated as a best ever Magners League win for the province, but nothing about the way this side have been playing in recent week suggests that such a scenario is anything other than a long shot. Connacht are starting to limp towards the summer.
Friday was always going to be a tougher assignment then the six triumphant home games that had come before. Cardiff are a top six side, European Challenge Cup holders and well backed financially.
When a team like that decide they are up for a Magners League game against the westerners, nothing can be done to stop them.
Two crucial second half sin-binnings, countless handling errors and a lack of continuity at the breakdown could all be blamed for Friday’s defeat but even in a scenario where all was well in those areas, it’s hard to see how more than a bonus point could have been achieved.
Connacht didn’t have the quality required to challenge the Welsh out wide, especially in the centres where the home side were ruthlessly exposed as a non blunt force. Up front, the pack just missed Michael Swift’s brute force at times and they never really got to grips with proceedings.
As a team, to a man, Connacht were fully committed from start to finish and the attitude was bang on. Under Eric Elwood, the level of commitment and focus has been refreshingly consistent throughout the campaign and it explains a record haul of nine bonus points in the campaign.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.