Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
THE great festival of hurling, camogie and handball that is Feile na nGael took place in Galway last weekend. The action started with the first round games on Friday prior to the Feile parade going ahead that evening in Loughrea.
Despite the inclement weather conditions a huge crowd descended on Loughrea for what turned out to be the biggest ever Feile parade with over 5,000 participants. Subsequent group games took place on Saturday last before finals day at Pearse Stadium and The Prairie.
Galway achieved considerable success at Feile with Padraig Pearses, Mountbellew-Moylough and Sylane taking divisional hurling titles, St.Colman’s won the Division 4 camogie title while Abbeyknockmoy, Annaghdown and Micheal Breathnachs won handball titles.
In hurling, O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny defeated Na Piarsaigh from Limerick in the prestigious Division 1 hurling title. Their star man Robert Buckley scored 1-5 in his side’s 3-7 to 0-4 victory thus seeing the Christy Ring Trophy head to the Kilkenny club for the first time.
In the Division 2 hurling final, Raharney (Westmeath) defeated Portlaoise (Laois) by 4-9 to 1-3 with Killian Doyle shooting 4-6 for the winners. Kiltale of Meath had a comprehensive 8-7 to 1-2 victory over Muinebheag of Carlow in the Division 3 final.
The Division 4 final saw an all Galway pairing as Padraig Pearses took on Abbeyknockmoy with Pearses taking the title by 3-4 to 2-5 after a titanic battle. Three Keith Connell goals saw Pearses into a 3-3 to 1-1 half time lead but with Calem Mulry in top form and Lee Cosgrave also impressing Abbeyknockmoy stormed back into the game.
Padraig Pearses goalkeeper Jarlath Healy saved superbly late on from Conor Mannion as his team held on for a narrow victory. Keith Connell scored 3-1 for the winners, Brian Sweeney shot two points while Lee Murphy scored an excellent sideline cut.
For an Abbeyknockmoy side that shot 13 wides, Martin Finn and Lee Cosgrave scored goals with Liam McCarthy tacking on three points and Calem Mulry two.
Late goals by Brian Higgins and Conor Fahy saw Mountbelolew-Moylough defeat Naomh Eoin frm Sligo by 3-5 to 1-5 in an exciting Division 5 final. A Colin Ryan goal had seen Mountbellew-Moylough into a 1-3 to 0-3 half time lead before Naomh Eoin responded to lead by 1-5 to 1-3 late in the game.
Subsequently, Mountbellew-Moylough’s two goals arrived to help the North Galway club carry the day. Conor Fahy scored 1-2 for Mountbellew-Moylough with Brian Higgins and Colin Ryan both scoring 1-1 each. Their other point came via Joseph Whyte while John Daly made an excellent second half save at a time when Naomh Eoin were in the ascendancy.
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.