Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
CORINTHIANS rounded off their campaign with a 27-10 victory away to Thomond in their final Division 2 game of the season, securing a bonus point in the process.
However, the result wasn’t enough to allow them to sneak into an Ulster Bank League Division 2 play-off with Bruff as Bective Rangers held their nerve to secure a tense 19-15 away win at Clonakilty.
The Galway men knew from the outset that a bonus point victory was vital and an early Aaron Conneely try, after a quick tap penalty from fellow Irish under 21 star Mark Dolan, set them on the way.
Conor Murphy scored try number two after a quick turnover from Denis Buckley and some good awareness from Mark Dolan before Wayne Williams scored try number three just before half time. A penalty from Murphy and a drop goal from Diarmuid Waters left it at 20-3 at half time.
Thomond scored early in the second half through Dave Foley but Corinthians finished strong with Conor Murphy getting his second try after a Conneely break and some more good work from Buckley.
The win wasn’t enough for Sean Deignan and Paul Flanagan’s side to secure a play of place, but they can take pride in a great finish to the campaign and with such a promising young side, the future looks bright for Corinthians.
Connemara finished their campaign with another defeat to bring up the rear in Division 3, the decision to focus on developing a young squad meant they were always going to be in the lower half, but narrow defeats to Navan and Ards were particularly frustrating for them as they were worthy of a few points during the campaign.
The focus now is on securing their AIL status next season when relegation to the junior ranks will be re-introduced. While the squad will be a year older and wiser, there is little doubt that they will need to strengthen in some key areas if they are to ensure that they don’t end up in a relegation battle.
The Ulster Bank League will have a new look to it next season, with Division 1a and 1b increasing to ten teams each. Buccaneers failed to gain promotion to the top tier losing 23-9 to Garryowen in Saturday’s promotion/relegation play off in Dooradoyle, their poor run of form since Christmas proved costly.
Buccaneers will remain in Division 1b next season along with Galwegians. Corinthians will be in a new look 16 team Division 2a and will be one of the early favorites for the title having finished sixth this season. The top four were promoted and fifth place Bective play off with Division 1b bottom side Bruff this weekend.
Last year’s two promoted Junior clubs topped the Division 3 table and are a clear sign of the strength in junior rugby across the country. Seapoint and City of Derry will be major challengers in Division 2a next season.
The fourth tier next year will now be called Division 2b and will house two Connacht teams with Sligo joining the All Ireland League ranks for the first time since the mid 1990s. In a once off exception, all four provincial league champions have been promoted so Armagh, Cashel and Boyne also join the 16 team division.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.