Date Published: 16-Mar-2011
at Duggan Park
It may not have been pretty and was certainly by no means impressive, but the Galway senior team did the required in overcoming Offaly in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League at Duggan Park on Sunday, and in the process, booked their spot in the league semi-final.
Offaly stayed in contention with admirable determination and heart up until the 59th minute, but Veronica’s Curtin’s fortuitous goal following a mistake by ’keeper Pamela Nugent ensured their bid to cause a major upset came undone.
Competing in the top flight for the first time this year, following All-Ireland Junior and Intermediate success over the past two seasons, Offaly made a flying start, and with the aid of a strong breeze, hold a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 interval lead.
Potent and purposeful in attack, it quickly became apparent that Offaly’s Arlene, Watkins, Linda Sullivan, Elaine Dermody and Siobhán Flannery had the direct beating of their opponents, with Michaela Morkan’s long diagonal balls out of defence causing endless problems for the Galway rearguard.
Consequently, through Jean Brady and Elaine Dermody (free), Joachim’s Kelly’s troops established an early lead. Ardrahan’s Rebecca Hennelly registered Galway first score in the 11th minute and they were level soon after as Finola Keely found the target from the tightest of angles.
That score however was to be Galway’s last in the opening half as Offaly assumed complete control of affairs, rattling off six unanswered points from there to the interval.
Michaela Morkan burst out of defence to land an inspirational score for the visitors thereafter, with Linda Sullivan also pointing.
Their high work rate caused all sorts of difficulties for Galway in the run-up to half-time and more often than not, Galway defenders were forced into fouling their opponents. Consequently, Elaine Dermody converted four successive free’s to leave Galway in real danger of early elimination from the League.
Manager Noel Finn embarked on corrective action during the interval as Jessica Gill and Noreen Coen were introduced, not to mention Aislinn Connolly who was sprung from the bench in the 22nd minute.
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.