Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
It was a long time coming, but boy did he enjoy it. A clean sheet, a couple of fabulous saves, and a rare victory over the Italians ensured that Galway native David Forde enjoyed a full debut to be treasured when he lined out between the posts for the Republic of Ireland in Belgium on Tuesday night.
Coming at the end of a season in which the commitment of some Irish players to representing their country in ‘friendlies’ came under fire, the Millwall goalkeeper was clearly overjoyed that his first high-profile start for the Republic had ended in a memorable 2-0 victory.
“It was absolutely fantastic to get a clean sheet against Italy and to win 2-0 away from home,” a delighted Forde told Tribune Sport on Wednesday.
“I’m over the moon. All you can do is take on what’s in front of you and I was pleased with how the whole game went. The whole team worked their socks off. We wanted it badly.”
The Republic have not beaten Italy since Ray Houghton hit the back of the Azzurri’s net in the 1994 World Cup in the USA and Forde was thrilled to play his part, coming off his line to make a key interception on the half-hour mark and making a fingertip save to deny the Italians before Simon Cox wrapped up the win in injury time.
At 31, the native of Newcastle in Galway City became the oldest player since World War Two to make a full senior debut for Ireland, a statistic he only became aware of at a press conference in Liege the night before the game.
“I didn’t know that until Monday night,” he said. “It’s absolutely fantastic. I finally got there after all these years and it just goes to show that perseverance pays off. I am still young for a goalkeeper when you look at the likes of David James and Edwin Van Der Sar. So I think I’ve a good few years left in me and a few more caps to win.”
Forde, who made his League of Ireland debut for Galway United in September 1999, said that he was not nervous before his first full international at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium in Liege. Instead, he was keen to impress manager Giovanni Trapattoni after finally getting his chance in the absence of regular goalkeeper Shay Given.
“It was always my dream, ever since I was a young lad in Galway, to represent my country. It was always top of my list of goals to achieve in football. So it was great to get out on the field and finally play for Ireland last night,” he told Tribune Sport.
“I wasn’t nervous last night. I have already played in two play-off finals with Millwall, in front of crowds of 85,000 at Wembley. Last night’s game was only a friendly, but I was really keen to show the manager what I have. At the end of the day I am an experienced player and I’m hoping now that my performance last night can cement my position in the squad.”
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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.