Date Published: 18-May-2011
AT TUAM STADIUM
THIS match created its own little niche in the history of senior championship football in Galway producing the most eclectic selection of wides ever seen over 60 minutes of club fare in the county – the malaise spread through Tuam Stadium like a plague of locusts.
The final tally of wides stood at 28 and appropriately enough was shared pretty equally between two sides that did everything possible not to win this game. It was kind of fitting that the team with seven scores ended up taking the spoils against a side hitting the target on 11 occasions.
There were wides from 20 yards out and ones from 50 metres range and while a few of them did ‘shave’ the posts, more of them made a fair effort at dropping halfway between the goalposts and the corner flags. No one was immune from the contagion – the colour of the jersey mattered not one jot.
From a match like that, as we often ruefully reflect on from the bitter memory bank of the All-Ireland final of ’83, there is only thing that matters and that’s the result. This week, Annagdown will be well satisfied with a two point victory over a Mountbellew side that have been strong championship contenders over recent years.
It’s been a while since Mountbellew conceded three goals in the championship – they pride themselves on the meanness of their defence, a stinginess that often in the past had to compensate for scoring frailty at the other end of the pitch.
The signs weren’t good for Mountbellew when they managed to concede a 21st minute penalty out of nothing. Joe Bergin had caught the ball cleanly in his own square but referee Frank Kinneen spotted corner back Cathal Duffy tugging at an Annaghdown jersey and Frankie Burke fairly buried the resultant penalty kick to the back of Brian Donnellan’s net.
It was a piece out of finishing completely out of character with the rest of the Annaghdown attacking efforts. With Niall Coleman the dominant force in the first half midfield exchanges, Annaghdown created a whole series of chances into the town goal but only managed two points via Frankie Burke and Damien Burke.
Annaghdown shot 11 first half wides from near and far, misses that allowed Mountbellew back into contention with points from Cathal Kenny (2), Stephen Boyle and Paul Donnellan leaving them just one behind at the interval at 1-2 to 0-4.
Aided by the stiffish diagonal wind, the general consensus was that Mountbellew would settle down and grind out a typical workmanlike victory but two Annaghdown goal strikes from Niall Farragher in the 36th minute and Frankie Burke in the 43rd minute changed all that.
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.