Date Published: 21-Mar-2011
IN these deeply distressing times, crumbs of comfort for Galway football were located at Markievicz Park on Saturday afternoon as a promising under 21 outfit cruised to a Connacht semi-final success that was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
While Sligo were utterly disappointing in the opening period, Galway performed in a clinical manner confirming that team manager Alan Mulholland has constructed a capable panel. Leading by a whopping 1-14 to 0-1 at the interval, the second half was always going to turn into a damage limitation exercise for Sligo.
That didn’t bother Galway in the slightest, though, because they went to the north west aware that a win and a dollop of good news was required. From the first whistle, it was apparent that Mulholland had Galway primed and ready for a battle.
Mulholland offered a measured post match verdict stressing that this bunch of Galway players mustn’t be burdened with too much responsibility. "It was something we tried to avoid: putting extra pressure on ourselves. We have to win this for the under 21s, we don’t have to do it to save Galway football or anything. We have to do it for ourselves. We could do with a boost, I agree with that, and we hope that there is a bit of talent coming through.”
The scores flowed with remarkable frequency initially as Galway commenced with admirable desire rifling over a half dozen points inside nine minutes. At centrefield Thomas Flynn and Fiontán O’Curraoin were as dynamic as they were dominant, and Sligo were ailing.
Galway’s forwards were buzzing too, Michael Boyle, after an impressive campaign with Killererin, was showcasing his direct, hard running style, while centre forward Mark Hehir was sharp from both play and frees. Boyle struck three, Hehir two, and Danny Cummins also pointed during Galway’s purposeful start.
Sligo’s only score of the first half arrived in the 12th minute when Padraig Clarke kicked a point on a rare foray into Galway territory, but it was only a brief interruption. The Galway defence, anchored superbly by Colin Forde and Johnny Duane, weren’t threatened in the remainder of the opening half which still had nearly 20 minutes left to run.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.