Date Published: 18-May-2011
An Cheathru Rua 1-17
at Pearse Stadium
AN interesting first round senior football championship encounter that was stuffed with goals, drama, and controversy eventually ended with a merited win for An Cheathru Rua at Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening.
Rarely will a team score five goals and still lose, and while that is what happened to Killanin very few could argue that An Cheathru Rua weren’t the more competent team. True their defence was leaky, but with the de Paors so clinical in attack at the opposite end of the pitch the Gaeltacht outfit were utterly deserving victors.
Since their famous 1996 adventure that yielded a shock County title, An Cheathru Rua have only flickered occasionally, but following a fine triumph over Killererin on their own patch in the League recently the feeling out west was that this current crop might be capable of taking a prized scalp or two again. There was evidence to support this belief, but An Cheathru Rua will need to cut out the lapses in concentration that allowed Killanin remain in the hunt late on.
Cillin de Paor, omitted from Tomas O’Flatharta’s championship panel, was outstanding, ending the hour with a personal tally of 1-5 as An Cheathru Rua made a strong opening against a Killanin dotted with under 21s. Killanin have been forced to blood youngsters over the past few years, and An Cheathru Rua were eager to pounce after Stephen Kavanagh had kicked the underdogs into a seventh minute lead.
With Cillin de Paor able to cover the ground, An Cheathru Rua were moving the ball nicely early on and they hit four on the bounce. Cillin de Paor lofted two tidy efforts on the run, while Shane O’Súilleabháin and Eoin O’Flatharta also pointed.
Paul Maloney responded with a free for Killanin before Ciaran de Paor curled over the point of the game. Killanin, though, now possess Patrick Sweeney, a forceful forward capable of manufacturing and taking chances, and the Galway under 21 hero obliged in the 25th minute.
There seemed to be few options for Sweeney when gathering possession 30 yards from the An Cheathru Rua posts, but the Killanin attacker bulldozed his way past two defenders, and slammed a measured shot beyond Tomas O’hAilín’s despairing dive.
For the first time in the contest An Cheathru Rua were being examined, but they were still able to move in front at the interval as centre back Coilin O’Conghaile ventured upfield to stroke over a tonic point that left them 0-6 to 1-2 ahead.
After the break An Cheathru inflicted further damage hitting 1-4 without reply as Cillin de Paor cut through to blast a venomous 35th minute goal. Ciaran de Paor was showing well too as Micheal O’Maille’s charges buffer stood at 1-10 to 1-2 by the 39th minute.
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.