Date Published: 03-May-2011
THE Champions League Final that most football fans have wanted from way back moved a giant step closer to fruition this week as Manchester United and Barcelona warmed up for a Wembley date by brushing aside their respective semi-final opponents ahead of the second leg.
Watching it all – as he has been as a player and director for well over half a century – was Bobby Charlton, described by Alex Ferguson as the greatest player of all time and a man who achieved everything there was to achieve as a footballer.
His own story also featured heavily on the small screen over the last ten days; last Thursday the BBC aired a wonderful tribute to his life in and out of football, and that followed a weekend documentary that told the story of his lowest ebb after the Munich Air Crash, followed by the slow path back to his greatest high.
Sir Bobby Charlton: Football Icon might seem like hyperbole in any other case but this time it was more than apt – the man with the world’s most famous comb-over was a genius and a legend, whose quite demeanour belied a steely determination and ocean of skill.
Describing him as one of the nicest men in football might seem like damning him with faint praise, but the tributes from Fergie, David Beckham – before his trip to the tailors for his Royal wedding suit – Franz Beckenbauer, Eric Cantona and his more loquacious brother Jack clearly come from the heart.
And when you hear the man himself, you can see why; here stood a footballing legend in front of the Old Trafford statues of those three great United legends – Best, Law and Charlton – and yet he’s looking up at the bronze image of himself on a plinth as though he had won a prize to stand on the same platform as his heroes.
We didn’t have Sky in his heyday but the goals that were captured in glowing colour or grainy black and white would have been the work of genius in any era – and still in his seventies, this one club man stands on the turf of Old Trafford with the hairs still pricking on the back of his neck.
For more of Dave’s TV column see page 14 of this week’s Connacht Sentinel
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.