Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
WATCHING the action in Moanbaun on Sunday afternoon was like taking in a four act play as the respective sides enjoyed spells of total domination in their quest for a place in the Connacht Junior Cup Final.
The first and final quarters were all about Oranmore as they dominated proceedings firstly in their quest for a breakthrough and good start, while the closing stages were all about recovery as they trailed in the closing minutes.
In between, Athenry recovered after being outplayed on early and were the better side for the second and third sectors each side of the break. In that spell, they overcame an early deficit and scored twice to put themselves in the driving seat.
However for all the action and chances created throughout, the game will be remembered for Kieran Kilkelly’s top class penalty save just four minutes from time. The Athenry custodian dived to his right to push away Lonan O’Farrell’s spot kick and in that moment the game was won and lost.
Athenry have being around the block a long time and with such an experienced side, they generally just do about enough to win close games and it is this ability to carry themselves just about over the line that has seen them win so many honours over the past number of years.
The visitors certainly made their presence felt in the early exchanges and were awarded on 12 minutes when Dave Devlin headed home after Ollie Keogh and John Latchford provided the assists following a corner.
Athenry took some time to restore parity and two goals in the closing minutes of the half was to see them rewarded with a 2-1 interval advantage.
Another set piece goal created the equaliser as Emmett Byrne headed home at the far post following an Alan O’Donovan delivery and they made it 2-1 when O’Donovan was again the provider and Seamie Crowe applied the finish past Conor Leydon.
Oranmore threatened in the opening minute of the resumption when Willie Embuele got his head to a Keogh corner at close range, but his effort was too close to Kilkelly and his instinctive stop saved the equaliser.
The next twenty minutes or so were all about Athenry as O’Donovan, Mark Moran and Stephen Rabbitte threatened, while a Hughie O’Neill goal line clearance denied Byrne a second with another far post header.
Oranmore regained their sense of urgency after the hour mark and Shane Greally fired a free kick into the defensive wall, while O’Farrell set piece tested the fingers of Kilkelly. Ian Snee and O’Farrell were off target with efforts from outside the box.
A respite at the other end saw O’Donovan test Leydon with a free kick from outside the area, but it was a rare piece of action at the visitors end.
The awarding of a penalty on 86 minutes for a very gentle contact by Paddy Quinn on Ollie Keogh was questionable and following the protests, Kilkelly kept his composure by keeping out O’Farrell’swell struck effort.
The victory brought Athenry into their fourth Connacht Junior Cup final in five seasons and the defending champions will face either Ballinasloe Town or Hibernians, who meet in the Curragh Grounds on Sunday in the other semi final.
Athenry: Kilkelly, Rabbitte, Quinn, Kinneen, Byrne, O’Donovan, Delaney, Crowe, Forde, Moran, Murray (Mannion 72mins).
Oranmore: Leydon, Kelly O’Neill, Latchford, Embuele, Barrett, Greally (Snee 67mins), Rockall, O’Farrell, Keogh, Devlin.
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.