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Draw is enough to see Mervue Utd take Premier Division title



Date Published: 23-May-2011

Mervue United 1

Athenry 1

Mike Rafferty

Mervue United did what they had to do as they collected the point required to give them the Brod Trill Premier Division title for the first time in six seasons after playing out a draw with second-placed Athenry in Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

Stephen Larkin’s sixth goal in three games was enough to give Paugie Kilgannon’s charges the opening half lead, but while Barry O’Donovan levelled matters for the visitors just after the restart, his controversial sending off minutes later was to limit the visitors’ ambitions as they went chasing the win required.

However to give credit to the home side, they produced the goods throughout the season and just two losses maintained their top spot in the table for the duration of the campaign.

Sunday’s contest was fraught with anxiety as a fixture difficulty set posers for the administrators, with Athenry less than pleased with the timing of the game. While the kick-off was brought forward to 10.30am, Mark Moran still had to depart the action after an hour in order to make his daughter’s communion.

He was their second front man who had to leave early as hamstring victim Benny Lawless was forced off after just 16 minutes, while Stephen Rabbitte was ruled out as a clash of heads in training resulted in the defender having eight stitches inserted just above the eye, while Mervue were deprived the services of suspended skipper Robert Connolly.

With the strong wind not really aiding either side as it blew across the pitch, it was the home team who held the upper hand from the off.

Both sides were certainly trying to play a closely controlled passing game, but such was the intensity that space was at a premium and players seldom got an opportunity to settle in possession.

Colie Kelly cracked in an opening minute shot that had Kieran Kilkelly scampering down to his right and while clear chances were few and far between, it was the home side which did the majority of the pressing.

They almost opened their account on nine minutes when a Darvin Dowling delivery got a flick from Keith McHugh and the covering Ronan Kinneen knew little of the deflection that took it just past the far post.

Finnerty then cut in along the byline, but the danger was again averted by the vigilant Kinneen.

Little was being seen of Athenry in attack and while four opening half corners presented opportunities, the difficulties presented by the elements left the execution less than perfect. A Crowe free kick flashed wide, while Ryan Griffin dealt with some routine deliveries.

The midfield quartet of Derek McWalter, Stephen Larkin, Seamie Crowe and Gary Delaney seldom had an inch of space in order to influence proceedings and it was without warning the breakthrough arrived on 29 minutes.

Arron Finnerty’s pinpoint cross picked out Dara Ryan, whose lay-off dropped neatly into the path of Larkin outside the box and his side-footed effort left Kilkelly helpless as it nestled in the top right corner for a 1-0 advantage.

Griffin was twice tested as Crowe drilled in a shot, while the custodian had a little  more work to do as he pushed away an Alan O’Donovan free kick.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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