Date Published: 05-May-2011
IN a way it was a bit like the 1916 rising for the little pockets of Galway fans making their way by the GPO along O’Connell Street — they were heavily outnumbered and outgunned by Cavan’s blue army who had come to town early for their big day out.
There is something a little incongruous about being in the capital on May Day for an All-Ireland final but the Dubs involvement in the league decider, meant that the under-21 showdown got promoted to Croker.
Make no mistake about it but this is the place to play All-Ireland finals. Over 42,000 people gathered to see a very promising bill, although in one of the vagaries of sport, both games turned out to be somewhat one sided affairs.
Anyway Croke Park was a strata removed from having to try and get through the Stasi style security cordons to cover matches in Sligo (mooted at one stage as a possible final venue), and Galway’s flowing style of football certainly benefited from the expanse of the country’s number one ground.
By noon in O’Connell Street, most of the Cavan fans were making their way towards Russell Street. Here and there, little maroon cells could be seen, but they were in a serious minority.
A marching party of about 300 members of the proletariat from Parnell Street chanted about the austerity measures being endured by workers at present and further on, Gardai in potholing gear, checked the sewers and underground pipe network, in case of any nasty surprises when ‘herself’ (The Queen) arrives later this month.
Word came through via the train travellers that the carriages were far from full on the way up from Galway, Athenry and Ballinasloe but that there was still ‘a nice crowd’ on board.
It really was though a ‘blue day’ in Croke Park. After the influx of Cavan supporters, the sky blue of the Dubs started to appear and the core of neutrals present were really hoping for a blue double. Everyone really does love the underdog and as it turned out the Dubs did have a great day in the sun — the Galway fans who waited on enjoyed that one too.
The Galway fan base, including the Dublin diaspora, probably did stretch to a few thousand but all seemed to be absorbed by the Cavan blue and none more so than in the opening seconds of the match when Niall Smith cut through the Galway defence to punch a point, and with a bit more ambition it could have been a goal.
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.