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Bish basketballers edge home in All-Ireland U-15 showdown

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Date Published: 26-May-2011

St. Joseph’s College 44

Douglas Community School 42

ST. Joseph’s College (the Bish) were crowned National champions after defeating Douglas Community School in the All-Ireland U-15 basketball final last Sunday in the University of Limerick.

The Western Regional champions – having earlier defeated St. Aidan’s College (Cork) and St Eunan’s (Letterkenny) in the preliminary round – had advanced to the final despite a challenging and close semi-final against Colaiste Eanna (Dublin).

The Bish started the final with three quick baskets by Ciaran Conlon, Ciaran Barbour and Cathal Reilly. The sharp shooting skill of Ronan McKeown forced the Douglas coach to take a timeout to contain the threats from both inside and outside.

Lurglain McDermott played superb defence with the result that the Bish ended the first quarter leading by six points. The city outfit’s shooting guards Liam Egan, Mark Rohan and Peter O’Connor scored impressive baskets at the start of the second quarter and with Cathal Reilly dominating the boards, the Bish looked like strong contenders for the title as they led comfortably by 12 points at half time.

Douglas, however, started the third quarter showing they had no intention of surrendering their National title and Jack O’Mahoney and guard Liam Harris combined to contribute 14 points throughout the quarter. This brought the Cork school back into contention despite five vital points from Padraig Doran and Liam Egan.

Neither team had lost a game all year so the final quarter was understandably extremely tense and the large crowd added to this atmosphere. The Bish managed throughout the final quarter to maintain a slender lead with superb post moves from captains Peter Cooke and Padraig Doran and solid outside shooting from Peter O’Connor and Liam Egan.

Mark Rohan controlled the point exceptionally well and his decision making was crucial in the final minutes. Douglas managed to equalise with 11 seconds on the clock but, in the end, the Bish managed to secure a memorable victory when Padraig Doran, playing a captain’s role, managed to grab a big rebound and fired the ball nto the basket.

 

Bish coach Brendan Doheny said: “This team possesses a self confidence and an inner belief that I knew would carry them over the line. It really shows that hard work and dedication does pay dividends and clearly stands to you on court. We are so proud of these boys.

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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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