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Clarinbridge All-Ireland winning management team resign from posts

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Date Published: 07-Apr-2011

STEPHEN GLENNON

Just three weeks after Clarinbridge claimed their first ever All-Ireland club senior hurling title at Croke Park, the reigning county champions are looking for a new management team following the resignation of boss Micheál Donoghue and his backroom staff earlier this week.

Clarinbridge boss Donoghue, who captained the club to their first county senior title in 2001 and previously was part of the U-21 management set-up that guided Galway to All-Ireland glory in 2005, had really worked the oracle with the club since taking over two years ago.

In addition to cajoling the ’Bridge to their first county title since 2001 last November – when they accounted for Loughrea after a replay – his charges subsequently defeated Munster champions De La Salle of Waterford and O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final and final respectively.

However, family commitments – coupled with the long hours required to mentor a senior side – have now been cited as the primary reasons behind Donoghue’s decision to stand down from the post, while Tom Helebert, Noel Burke, Tomas Flynn and Conor Lawless have also followed suit.

In the interim, fellow selector Donal Walsh has remained on to supervise the team’s preparations for the upcoming senior hurling championship. Clarinbridge enter the fray in the second round, where they will face Sarsfields in early May.

Confirming that the All-Ireland winning management team has stepped down, Club Secretary Damien McGrath paid tribute to Donoghue and his selectors, thanking them for “their commitment, time and effort”.

“They gave a massive commitment over the last two years,” praised McGrath, who wished them well.

He said the club was currently working on finding a replacement management set-up, adding: “We can’t say anything else on it at the moment.” However, he remained positive that a management team would be put in place in the coming weeks.

With rumours also circulating that some of Clarinbridge’s older brigade may be retiring from the game, McGrath outlined that the club had received no such declarations from these players as of yet.

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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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