Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
THESE are trying times for followers of Galway GAA’s flagship teams. Just a week after the county’s hurlers hobbled out of the Leinster championship against Dublin in Tullamore, the footballers only succeeded in adding to the gloom when coming up well short in opposition to their arch provincial rivals Mayo in McHale Park, Castlebar last Sunday.
The jury had been out on Galway’s reshuffled deck ahead of their showdown with James Horan’s squad, but few supporters imagined that they would be so well beaten in the end after being disappointingly held to a solitary point in the second-half. Sure, that close range Eoin Concannon effort ought to have been a goal, but the bottom line was that the Tribesmen had few answers when the pressure was on.
Being outscored by 1-8 to 0-1 over the final 35 minutes leaves no room for argument. Mayo may have been no great shakes themselves, but they were physically stronger than Galway, secured more primary possession and had the capacity to lift the ante when they needed to. All of their six forwards scored and with the O’Shea brothers doing the business around midfield, the home team were hardly flattered by a six points win.
A big part of Galway’s reasonable finish to the league had been the shifting around of players to new positions, most notably Finian Hanley’s move to midfield and the posting of Paul Conroy to full forward. Understandably, they were kept in those roles for the trip to Castlebar with recognised midfielder Greg Higgins taking over at centre back and natural defender Gareth Bradshaw lining out in the half-forward line.
These were brave calls by the Tomas O Flatharta led team management but, unfortunately, none of these decisions were vindicated in a poor Connacht semi-final. Higgins had trouble keeping tabs on the lively if wayward Alan Dillon on the forty; the midfield action seem to bypass Hanley; while Bradshaw, for all his energy and Conroy, despite an opportunist goal, hardly justified their change of scenery either.
It was also strange that Diarmuid Blake, who is most effective in the number six jersey, was introduced to the attack at a time when the team’s half back line were coming under severe pressure. Like the Galway hurling management, the football mentors have now something to prove, a scenario which was hardly helped by drawing a revitalised Meath away in the next round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
In the footballers’ defence, being the last team to enter the championship over ten weeks after their last competitive outing hardly did Galway any favours although the great All-Ireland title success of the county’s U-21s must have given the squad some momentum in the lead up to the match. Unfortunately, they didn’t look sharp in McHale Park where the substitutions of Cormac Bane, in particular, and Conroy caught some supporters by surprise.
In retrospect, the writing was on the wall for Galway in the opening-half. Mayo were dominating the possession stakes and despite facing the elements on a typically gloomy West of Ireland afternoon were creating far more scoring chances as evidenced by the 8-2 wide count over those 35 minutes. The wet conditions were also having a big impact on the quality of fare on offer with poor handling, a stack of turnovers on both sides, and the absence of scores only compounding the misery of drenched spectators.
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.