Date Published: 04-Apr-2011
by Rob Murphy
It certainly wasn’t clinical but this bonus point home win is more evidence of the progress Connacht are making this season, a sixth straight home victory on Friday helped regain momentum lost in Italy last week and pushes Connacht a little closer to their goal of at least a top eight finish.
It is no exaggeration to suggest that Connacht could have had seven tries in this contest. They had to settle for four, and the first of those came after just one minute with Fionn Carr demonstrating that he’s back to his best by finishing after a thrilling break from Gavin Duffy on the counter and good link play from Carr himself, then Ray Ofisa before the flying winger took the return pop pass out of the tackle and crashed over to score the quickest try of the Magners League season so far.
That start wasn’t built on, although Connacht certainly created more opportunities in the opening quarter, Edinburgh responded through Craig Laidlaw before edging in front when Scott Newlands showed tremendous power and agility to finish off in the corner after a superb pass from British Lion Mike Blair.
While Ian Keatley’s penalty on 28th minutes brought Connacht a little closer, it got worse when James King crashed through the over eager home defence and drove on towards the line for a second try. The centre showed great power but it was a major lapse and the lead was 17-8.
Connacht’s fightback began with just a couple minutes remaining in the half, a frantic series of attacks saw them keep the ball in motion with Mike McCarthy and Bernie Upton linking to get the ball out to Keatley his pass to Brian Tuohy on the wing created the chance, the winger charged towards the line off loaded brilliantly to Carr who was tackled without the ball.
A penalty try and a yellow card to Nick De Luca left Edinburgh reeling and Connacht were back in it, it got better almost from the restart as they attacked again, this time through Duffy who made a scything break before finding Carr on his inside shoulder, the winger was once again on hand to finish the chance for a 22-17 lead.
The contest remained frenetic in the second half Laidlaw kicked Edinburgh back within two just after half time but a try on 60 minutes wrapped up the bonus for Connacht and extended the lead. Keatley’s deft kick behind the advancing defensive line was perfectly judged for Duffy to crown a fine performance with a try.
Laidlaw kicked a penalty in the closing stages to raise Edinburgh hopes but Connacht stood firm thanks to a hard working defensive line, led well by Keith Matthews celebrating his 100th cap in fine style, up front Adrian Flavin came off the bench to make his century also.
See full coverage in 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.