Date Published: 11-May-2011
PORTUMNA may have kicked off their campaign determined to reclaim their crown, but Clarinbridge showed last Saturday that they are in no mood to relinquish the county title with this comfortable seven point win.
To Sarsfields’ credit, they were determined throughout the hour but Clarinbridge never looked in danger in their opening game as defending All-Ireland champions and found the crucial scores, including two second half goals, to ensure a winning start in Group C and taking other results into account, their place in the final eight should be secured before the summer recess.
Sarsfields beat St. Thomas’ (who comprehensively accounted for a Turloughmore team that drew with Castlegar) in their opening salvo but never looked like scoring much and were depended on Kerril Wade’s frees to stay in touch. In contrast, Clarinbridge picked off scores in patches when needed before killing the contest with their two strikes to the net.
Within three minutes, Clarinbridge led by 0-3 to 0-0 thanks to Barry Daly, Eoin Forde and Stephen Forde and while Wade replied with a free, Mark Kerins sent over a hat trick of placed balls to give the Bridge a five point lead. But they didn’t score again for seven minutes as the New Inn/Bullaun outfit came back into the game.
Wade tapped over three more frees but their two chances in the 12th and 13th minutes gave them their best chances of taking this game to their opponents. The first was started by Kevin Hynes who fed Niall Quinn and he picked out Wade just outside the area before the Clarinbridge defence took him down to concede the 20 metre free.
While Wade scored from this, he was involved in the second attack with Ivan Kenny as Liam Donoghue and Paul Callanan had to produce two crucial stops to avoid a goal.
Alan Kerins made it 0-7 to 0-4 in the 18th minute before Wade reduced the deficit to two with his fifth free. Clarinbridge finished the half strongly with four more unanswered points – Eoin Forde, a Mark Kerins free, Daly and Kerins again from play allowed the champions a six point interval lead.
The opening exchanges of the second half would be important as Sarsfields needed to use the breeze but Mark Kerins was on the end of a move involving David Forde and Alan Kerins to make it 0-12 to 0-5 in the 37th minute. Sarsfields eventually managed their first score from play 60 seconds later when Ian Skehill split the posts while another Wade free three minutes afterwards put five between the teams.
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.