Date Published: 28-Mar-2011
CONNACHT lost only their second game in eight Magners League outings on Saturday, but the defeat and the performance in their clash away to Aironi will be a concern to all as they head into the final four games of the season looking to secure a highest ever finish.
Aironi ended a 17 game wait for a League victory in fine style, playing an expansive and attacking running game against their visitors and inflicting what was Connacht’s third defeat on Italian soil this season, adding to the Challenge Cup defeat to Prato and the League loss to Treviso.
The failure to garner even a bonus point will rankle but they will also be aware that the performance just wasn’t up to the standard needed to take points on their travels – something they have mastered pretty well this season.
Wingers Kaine Robertson and Danwel Demas both scored their first tries in the competition as the home side adopted a strong running game that cause Connacht trouble. The third try came from South African flanker Gareth Krause who crossed for his second of the campaign.
Connacht’s try came from Ray Ofisa and while the return from long term injury of captain John Muldoon, in the closing stages is a bonus, the overall feeling will be somewhat gloomy this week.
The game was played in Viadana where the franchise is based now and, in a town with a rich rugby tradition, Aironi seized the initiative on a warm Saturday afternoon and early pressure yielded a seventh minute try for Rowland Phillips’ men. Robertson put boot to ball after a stray pass from Gavin Duffy and dotted down for Tito Tebaldi to convert.
Connacht settled and Ian Keatley replied with an 11th minute penalty, before Tebaldi drew a penalty attempt across the posts five minutes later. However the lead was up to 14-3 not long after when Demas kicked ahead along the line and Krause touched down for Aironi’s second converted try, with Brian Tuohy caught out by the bounce of the ball.
For more, read 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.