Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
IN the end, age won out. The young Kilnadeema-Leitrim players gave everything they had in the opening 30 minutes but as the game progressed, the experienced heads from Cappataggle took control of this encounter and were crowned under 21 ‘B’ hurling champions last Saturday.
A great exhibition of hurling was witnessed in the Duggan Park, especially in the first half where there were 20 scores, including 14 from play, and the game was still in the melting pot entering the final 12 minutes with the teams tied at 0-13 apiece. But in that time, the under 14 B winners of 2004 secured their victory as Cappataggle scored 1-6 without reply to finish this contest superbly.
Dara Herlihy had levelled the scores for Kilnadeema-Leitrim just beforehand but they would be the only two points for Michael Geraghty’s men in the second half. They are a young side with only five players over-age next year and after coming back into the game before the break, there was just simply nothing left in the tank for the second half.
The Garvey brothers for Cappataggle combined for three points by the 54th minute to lead 0-16 to 0-13 as James, Ronan and Eanna all found the target. James’ was a decent effort from midway out the field while Joe Claffey was the provider for Ronan’s strike.
And two minutes later, James and Ronan would be involved in the game’s defining score as Emmet Malone’s pass found Ronan Garvey who was unmarked and he batted the ball past Paul Howard for a six point cushion and the title effectively secured.
Eanna Garvey added another to push the margin to seven while Alan Dolan added to the scoring to ensure that there was no way back for Kilnadeema-Leitrim as Noel Finn’s team took their first ever under 21 ‘B’ title to add to their 1996 ‘C’ victory.
The first-half was played at a quick pace and supporters had little time to catch breath. Malone opened for Cappataggle in the second minute before Herlihy equalised from a placed ball three minutes later. Dolan was on the end of a Thomas Broderick free to put Cappataggle back in front. but another Herlihy placed ball restored parity.
Two points each after the opening 10 minutes, the middle third of the half belong to Cappataggle as they went 0-7 to 0-4 ahead. Dolan and Mark Loughnane opened up a two point cushion before Garry Curley responded for Kilnadeema-Leitrim.
But then Dolan sent over two more scores to give his side a 0-6 to 0-3 advantage. It could have been more for the red and black as Conor Loughnane’s delivery found Ronan Garvey and the full forward forced a superb save from Paul Howard. Gary Winters did pull back a point for Kilnadeema-Leitrim but an Eanna Garvey effort in the 18th minute restored Cappataggle’s three point advantage.
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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.