Date Published: 01-Apr-2011
CALASANCTIUS College, Oranmore secured the All- Ireland U-19 A basketball schools title with a dogged and resilient display against a Castleisland side that pushed hard but ultimately fell short.
Oranmore were first off the mark with Donal Greene opening the score and thanks to some good link up play between Kenneth Hansberry and Padraig Burke brought the lead to 8-0. But as Oranmore’s height and physicality looked like being decisive factors,
Brosnan and Jones combined to bring Castleisland back to within two.
The Oranmore boys stepped up their defence with Burke and Dempsy pressing Castleisland’s two major threats. Excellent free-throw shooting from Enda Walsh brought the score to 20-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Castleisland set about reducing the deficit early in the second with some very quick play. However Oranmore are a resilient side and determinedly set about reasserting control with Evan Finn and Cormac Shields coming into the game to cover the fast break.
Ken Hansberry showed off his all-round skills soon after, with a shot from deep to move Oranmore ten points ahead again.
Calasanctius were almost mechanical in the manner in which they were dismantling their opponents. 38- 27 at half time.
The third quarter saw Oranmore under some pressure as Walsh had picked up four fouls by half time and sat on the bench early in the third. This gave Castleisland much needed confidence and they reduced the gap to six. Castleisland changed to a press defence and the margin was down to three points.
Brosnan was proving a consistent thorn in the Oranmore side and levelled once again with two minutes remaining in the third. John Finn called a time out to take back control of the game and Oranmore eked out a three point lead heading into the last quarter 51-48, looking under a little pressure as Burke and Greene had picked up three fouls each by the end of the third.
Oranmore’s Walsh and Burke scored in quick succession early in the fourth and once again set about putting some distance on the score board. It’s the hallmark of great sides that can continually up their game when required, a quality Oranmore displayed on numerous occasions throughout the match particularly by dominating the pace of the game and their defensive workrate.
Hansberry stretched the lead, scoring two baskets inside and then hitting a big three outside leaving Castleisland in no doubt why he won MVP. Declan Cahill hit three for Castleisland with two and a half minutes remaining, but it was too little too late. Despite Burke fouling out with two almost minutes remaining Oranmore ran out deserving 74-64 winners.
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.