Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
It ended in stalemate at the stadium on Sunday, when an injury time goal from centre-back Kevin Keane earned Castlegar an unlikely draw, robbing Turloughmore of the full points in round one of the group stages of the Cooper senior hurling championship.
Castlegar had a chance to snatch victory when substitute Ger Farragher, who singlehandedly dragged the city side back into a match that was passing them by when introduced in the second-half, put Mairtín Cullinane in space but the midfielder’s effort, one of the last pucks of the game, sailed wide.
Padraic Connolly’s charges could feel hard done by, too, that midfielder Kevin Brady’s ‘point’ early after the break – which would have proved the difference in the end – was disallowed and a free out for a square ball was awarded.
But the reality is that Cashel were damn lucky to have come out of Salthill with anything; and Turloughmore will view this as one that got away – a point lost rather than one gained.
Turloughmore looked the hungrier outfit and were on course for a deserved victory until Farragher, who was rested due to a hamstring injury, came on as a sub and changed the course of the match.
The county player was brought on 10 minutes into the second-half with Cashel trailing by 1-10 to 0-8, and within 10 minutes he already become his side’s top scorer with five points in quick succession – he finished the day with seven points in all, two from play, and was involved in the build-up to Keane’s late three-pointer. It makes you wonder had he been fit enough to start, would the result have been different?
It looked like curtains for Cashel when Ronan Badger fielded a ball from the excellent centre-forward Gary Burke, rounded his marker Stephen Connell and drilled it past ‘keeper Terry Grogan midway through the second half for a score that looked like settling this tame encounter.
Farragher pinged over frees from all angles though and erased that goal fairly quickly but Turloughmore still had the edge and when Badger drew two frees, Gary Burke slotted them over and the underdogs held a comfortable four points lead, 2-12 to 0-14, with just five minutes to go.
Cashel continued to apply pressure and Turloughmore began to lose their shape at the back and conceded two frees that were converted by Farragher. Now it was anyone’s game. It was there for the taking for whoever wanted it more.
Lively midfielder Daithí Burke looked to have sealed a fine win for Turloughmore when he was put through by Gary Burke – the insurance point extending their lead to three but there was to be more drama and late heartache for Turloughmore when Keane, one of the few Cashel players to perform on the day, crept in for that dramatic goal.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.