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Defiant Pearses push Portumna all the way

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Date Published: 24-May-2011

Portumna 4-13

Padraig Pearses 1-13

Darren Kelly

in Ballinasloe

NINE points was the difference on Friday evening and Portumna emerged victorious in the Cooper’s Senior Hurling Championship but that was the only expected occurrence in this tie as Padraig Pearses carried the fight to the former champions and nearly delivered a stunning result.

With the scoreline poised at 2-12 to 1-12 entering the final two minutes, Portumna had to produce match winning goals from Andy Smith and Joe Canning, but this encounter was much tighter than they would have liked at Duggan Park.

The tone was set in the third minute when Cormac Ward split the posts to give Pearses the opening score in a game for which they were considered no hopers – Portumna were 1/100 favourites and many perceived that Pearses main target would be to keep the score down.

By the fifth minute, that opinion hadn’t changed as after levelling with a Niall Hayes point, Portumna struck for their first goal. Fergal Flannery’s puck out was aimed down the right channel but met an interception from Eoin Lynch. He kept the ball in play, sending back down the left flank towards a waiting Smith. Quickly, Smith turned and ran 40 yards at the Padraig Pearses defence to little resistance before he placed the ball past Flannery for a 1-1 to 0-1 lead.

It looked like Portumna would pull clear but Padraig Pearses responded within three minutes as a Cyril Donnellan hat-trick from play levelled the teams at 0-4 to 1-1. While the Ballymacward outfit were putting in much work, Portumna were taking their scores easier and had another 1-2 by the quarter hour.

First, Damien Hayes put them back in front before winning a free in the 14th minute. Canning made his presence felt from the resulting 20 metre free, hitting the roof of the net before adding another placed ball to put Portumna 2-3 to 0-4 ahead.

Normally teams wilt at this stage but Padraig Pearses’ great powers of resilience got them back to within two points by the 21st minute. Donnellan’s super first half display added two more points to bring his personal tally to five from play by the 19th minute before Tomas Flannery scored from a placed ball.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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