Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
THE general perception that Dublin’s hunger – never mind their current rude health – would be more than enough to carry the county to a tenth National Football League title proved well wide of the mark in Sunday’s showdown at Croke Park. Victory instead went to the more composed team, the men who knew how to win big matches better.
Dublin had entered the league final as favourites and that public standing was understandable. Pat Gilroy’s squad had cut a dash in coming through their Division One campaign undefeated with their zonal defence and high octane attack coming in for widespread praise. Regular 6am training session had set the tempo for the season and Dublin bore all the hallmarks of a team going places.
Though they didn’t capture last year’s Leinster title – who will ever forget the blatant miscarriage of justice inflicted on the Louth footballers in the 2010 provincial decider against Meath – for the first time in six years, Dublin regrouped excellently in the qualifiers and fought their way to the All-Ireland semi-final only to lose their nerve (and the match) by a point to eventual champions Cork.
They had looked in control only to blow it down the home stretch.
The Dubs indiscipline, especially in giving away needless frees, ultimately cost them victory, but it was a learning curve for Gilroy and his lieutenants who had hit the ground running in 2011.
Despite running the rule over 30 players during the league, Dublin established a high consistency of performance and only a draw against Galway – they lost Alan Brogan early on due to a red card – in their final group match prevented them from pulling off a seventh consecutive victory.
They had even beaten Cork along the way and were being openly talked about as potential All-Ireland champions this year.
And when they led by 2-12 to 0-10 five minutes into the sec
ond-half at Croke Park last Sunday, you would have been tempted to put your house on Dublin landing a first National League title since 1993. They had got off to a great start with a fifth minute goal from Mossy Quinn after Bernard Brogan had done the spadework and with centre forward Kevin McManamon kicking points for sport, they retired 1-10 to 0-10 ahead at the break.
Mind you, it was unrealistic to expect that Dublin were going to have it all their own way against the reigning league champions and with the likes of Paddy Kelly finding the range, the Rebels were still bang in the contest only to wobble badly in early minutes of the second-half. Brogan broke through for Dublin’s second goal and with McManamon tacking on his fifth point of the contest, they had put themselves in the driving seat.
Injury-hit Cork had already lost Paul Kerrigan, John Miskella and Fintan Gould in the opening-half and, frankly, it was difficult to envisage a way back for Conor Counihan’s squad. Sure, Brogan had to retire with an injured hamstring soon afterwards but the Dubs were still in pole position. Gradually, however, Cork eroded the deficit with a rousing point from wing back Noel O’Leary typifying their resilience on the day. Still, with the game in its final quarter, Dublin were five points ahead.
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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.
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.