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Callanan’s strikes see Liam Mellows off to positive start

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Date Published: 27-Apr-2011

Liam Mellows 2-10

Ardrahan 1-12

Darren Kelly

in Athenry

A SECOND quarter purple patch, highlighted by two Aonghus Callanan goals, set Liam Mellows up for a 2-4 to 0-6 interval lead, but the city men were hanging on grimly at the finish in the face of a stirring Ardrahan revival at Kenny Park on Sunday evening.

The South Galway outfit had dominated the first quarter of this county championship clash, but didn’t make it count while a Jonathan Glynn goal after the restart was disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Paddy Gannon could have changed the game’s complexion.

The first attack came in the second minute and nearly yielded dividends for Ardrahan when Joe O’Leary’s long free was dropped by Gannon but he dealt with it quickly. Within a minute, Ardrahan were ahead when Glynn got his opening point.

Gerry Hennelly got a second in the fourth minute and after Tadhg Haran pulled one back for Mellows, another O’Leary free in the 10th minute gave Ardrahan a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage.

A long range effort from John Hughes brought Liam Mellows back to a point before Iarlaith Tannian made it 0-4 to 0-2 in the 11th minute. But Ardrahan had hit four wides by this stage and Brian Hanley’s Mellows team took full advantage over the next 10 minutes.

Starting with an Ardrahan attack breaking down in the 13th minute, David Collins read the breaking ball and sent a long delivery into the danger area. Callanan took the sliothar and ran at the defence before striking past Ciaran Callanan for the game’s opening goal.

The Galway inter-county player quickly added a point while John O’Halloran got another to make it 1-4 to 0-4 before Liam Mellows’ second goal arrived in the 19th minute. Sean Gilchrist was the provider; Callanan again the receiver as he turned and hit to the roof of the net to put daylight between the teams.

A six point cushion at this stage, Callanan also sent a wonderful effort from the right over the bar but had stepped over the sideline. Liam Mellows could have stretched their lead but missed four chances themselves as an O’Leary ’65 for Ardrahan coupled with a Hennelly point ensured only four separated the teams at the break. They could have been closer as O’Halloran got an opportunity near the end of the half, forcing a great save from Gannon.

But the game seemed to have swung around completely at the start of the second half when Glynn’s effort hit the net only to be disallowed. However, Gerard Forde raised a white flag in the second minute while a Hennelly placed ball brought it back to a two point game.

Liam Mellows hadn’t scored in 20 minutes but found patches duringthe half to chip in with crucial points to stay ahead and got three between the 14th and 18th minutes through Niall McInerney, O’Halloran and Haran.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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