Date Published: 23-Mar-2011
AS the messages of congratulations poured in from the likes of Sarsfields, Athenry and Portumna – those mighty hurling strongholds that, in their heady days, claimed All-Ireland Club titles themselves – Clarinbridge goalkeeper Liam Donoghue simply text back: ‘Now I know why ye held onto it for so long.’
If a picture painted a thousand words, then an ecstatic Donoghue was a Rembrandt. It would have taken two lorry loads of Roadstone’s finest to cement his feet to the ground and a day’s work from Paddy the Plasterer to conceal the broad smile on his face.
“Look it, it is beyond belief, but to be honest, we had huge confidence coming up here. I suppose, the expectation in the first 30 minutes was weighing us down a bit but once we went in at half-time level – and we knew we hadn’t really performed – it was then a case of throwing off the shackles and going for it.”
Indeed, given the O’Loughlin Gaels onslaught in the early stages, a lesser team might have capitulated but, as seen all year, the ready mix used to mould this Clarinbridge side is of a very high quality. “No, we didn’t panic,” agreed Donoghue. “That though just comes from winning games and the confidence you get from it.
“There was no one roaring or shouting – or anybody panicking – even in the first half when we went four or five points down because we kept chipping away. Everything they seemed to hit just went over the bar, so to go in at half-time level was just unbelievable. To get the chance to regroup and basically start again at half-time level was fantastic.
“The biggest thing for us then was our work-rate. We hadn’t been working in the first half; we weren’t closing them down, hooking or blocking. So, we basically said at half-time we need to leave everything out there. Everyone started hunting for the ball and it paid off. We won a free and went a point up and just drove on from there.”
Having suffered so many disappointments previously with club and county – including losing the All-Ireland hurling final to Cork in 2005 – the St. Patrick’s Day win at Croke Park for Donoghue was a big one long overdue. “It is an All-Ireland senior medal, and that is just beyond belief,” beamed Donoghue, as his feet began to twitch.
“You know, first time for the club, it is just amazing. It means the world to us and it is why we do it. This is for our families, for everyone. I just feel like jumping around the place.” And with that, Clarinbridge’s No. 1 takes flight . . . the soles of his boots fading from view as Donoghue springs over the moon.
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.