Date Published: 16-Mar-2011
at Fitzgerald Stadium
Even in the days of plenty, Galway struggled desperately to reap any harvest return from the fields of Kerry, so last Sunday’s trip to Killarney in more straitened times barely carried a feather of expectation.
Alas, that’s the way things turned out at Fitzgerald Stadium in the Allianz National League tie as Kerry sauntered to a double scores victory over a Galway side not short of courage or honesty, but desperately lacking in quality and purpose.
It’s now four straight defeats out of four for Tomás Ó Flatharta as Galway seem destined to stay rooted at the bottom of the league table, and with All-Ireland champions Cork next on the list this coming weekend, there is little sign of any respite.
There were genuine concerns in the wake of the Mayo match that Galway could face annihilation in Killarney, but in fairness they were dogged and resilient even if it was strikingly obvious after the first 25 minutes that their cause was doomed.
Kerry don’t use up any spare fuel when they know that they’re going to be first past the chequered flag, and there was a notable easing of the foot on the throttle early in the second half when they had sailed into an 11-3 lead.
This coincided with a spurt of Galway enthusiasm that yielded four points without reply but the Kerry crowd of around 3,000 never had to breathe too heavily – they knew that the counter surge was always going to come and the ‘Gooch’ was on fire whenever the ball came his way.
The display of Colm Cooper was probably worth the admission money alone. He slithered his way around the Galway defence, jinking and turning into space before invariably kicking points with either his left or right foot. All done with perfect balance and poise.
Beside him, Kieran Donaghy was like a giant basket gathering up any loose balls that came his way, always willing to pick out a colleague in a better position and often that was the ‘Gooch’. Cooper – Kerry’s captain this year – ended up with eight points, five from play, to inflict most damage on the Galway defence.
Ironically his marker, Alan Burke got on a fair bit of ball and did everything humanly possible to try and limit Cooper’s influence, but on his day, the Dr Crokes player is virtually impossible to curtail.
Likewise, Colin Forde did a reasonably decent job in keeping tracks on Donaghy but the big man from Tralee is a handful for any defender – he is the type of player that Galway are crying out for . . . big, mobile, able to play football and not afraid to score either.
Galway played with the aid of the stiffish diagonal wind, and as in their three previous ties, Tomás ó Flatharta’s side started with a reasonable degree of zest, sharing six points with Kerry over the course of the first 13 minutes.
Cormac Bane (free), Eoin Concannon and Gary Sice – thundering upfield from the centre back position – all hit the target for Galway but yet by the time the interval whistle sounded, Kerry had stormed into an 8-3 lead.
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.