Date Published: 16-May-2011
St. James’ 1-9
HAVING spent so many years trying to attain senior status, St James’ challenge is now remaining at the highest level in the county as Saturday evening’s encounter with Claregalway demonstrated how significant the jump from the intermediate ranks actually is.
Eoin O’Donnellan has put his own stamp on a Claregalway side that has increased in strength and depth since they became a senior club themselves nearly a decade ago back in 2002. O’Donnellan has brought organisation and a sense of determination to Claregalway’s approach and from the first whistle, it was apparent that James’ were going to be troubled.
In one way it is tougher than usual on James’ to preserve their place at the top table simply because of the new relegation system now in place. No longer will a couple of home League wins against understrength and disinterested opponents suffice, serious championship performances are required.
Early on Claregalway were cute and exploited St James’ uncertainty expertly as they sought to involve Danny Cummins at every opportunity. Cummins, the All Ireland under 21 winner, has been a key performer in this competition for a couple of summers and his ability helped Claregalway settle impressively.
Paul McGuinness and Martin Kelly pointed inside four minutes and though the hard working Sean Donnellan responded, Claregalway were firmly in control. Barry Cullinane’s solid aerial presence at centrefield meant that Cummins was profiting from the steady stream of possession that was being fed towards the Claregalway attack.
Either side of two smashing Cummins points, Brian Moran also found the range as Claregalway’s dominance was reflected by the 0-5 to 0-1 lead they held after 11 minutes. James’ were only showing traces of the grit that brought them the County Intermediate title in 2010, but Eoin Concannon and Donnellan raised white flags to trim the deficit.
Claregalway, though, were continuing to find joy when delivering quick ball and Cummins’ 17th minute flick created a goalscoring chance for Galway goalkeeper Adrian Faherty, a resorceful corner forward for his club, and the James’ net bulged.
From there until half-time James’ perspired, but they could only manage a long distance point from Dave O’Connell and a free from Eoin Concannon while Claregalway were efficient as Kelly kicked a free and Fahetry slotted a 45 into the teeth of a decent breeze.
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.