Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Eoghan Cormican at Kenny Park
REALITY, harsh and all as it can be, came home to roost at Kenny Park, on Saturday as Galway staggered over the finish line to record their second win of the championship.
One swallow never made a summer and neither was Galway’s 11 point win over Wexford the answer to all camogie problems west of the Shannon. To be contenders for All Ireland glory the performance against the All Ireland Champions must be replicated week in, week out. Consistency is crucial.
What materialised in Athenry last weekend, however, suggests this side have a long way to before the finished article is produced. From very early on it became evident that Galway had yet to check out of cloud nine after their heroics in Enniscorthy. Clare however, weren’t long in bringing the Galway players back down to earth.
They were 0-5 to 0-2 ahead after 28 minutes and seemed poised to hand manager Tom Hogan a first win in this year’s championship, only to lose their way in the latter stages of the second half. Galway outscored Clare by 1-7 to 1-1 at the change of ends, including a 1-4 to 0-0 superiority blitz between the 50th and 57th minute.
For Galway, a spirited finish just about made up for a poor opening in which they failed to show the required urgency, while Clare went about building an impressive lead.
The Banner outfit held the initiative until the 52nd minute and at different stages led by margins of between three and four points but, for some reason they could never quite tighten the noose around Galway’s neck.
Their early enterprise stemmed from many quarters, with Ruth Kaiser, Chloe Morey, Fiona Lafferty, Sinead O’Loughlin and Claire McMahon busy and effective.
McMahon provided the opener following a foul on Shonagh Enright and though Sandra Tannian equalised for the Tribeswomen a flurry of points moved Clare three in front. McMahon (free) pointed after Susan Earner was adjudged to have fouled possession, with Sinead O’Loughlin also on target.
Brenda Hanney, now operating at full forward, collected a pass from club mate Martina Conroy before firing over. It was Clare, however, that were in command and McMahon sniped a pair of points to strike further hope of an upset.
Noreen Cone provided brief respite for Galway with a neat point from the left corner, but Fiona Lafferty, bristling with energy and invention, restored Clare’s three point advantage, striking a beauty off the hurl.
Indeed their lead could have been greater had Sinead O’Loughlin and Claire McMahon converted chances. Those missed opportunities would come back to haunt them at the game’s end.
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.