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Galway U21s shock Rebels with stunning performance

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Date Published: 18-Apr-2011

Galway 1-11

Cork 0-12

FRANK FARRAGHER

AFTER many long and dark days, at last an evening of light for Galway football as the county’s under-21s cast inhibition and fear aside to topple a Cork team that came into this All-Ireland semi-final with a super-team tag attached but left with their ambitions in tatters.

 

This was a real lift for the spirit of Galway football, sending out a message of hope after many lonesome Sundays – scarcely three minutes into this epic encounter at Cusack Park, Ennis, when the first three high balls around the middle of the field were caught cleanly by maroon hands, one sensed that this was going to be a special evening.

Indeed one of the abiding memories of this match for the hard core of Galway fans who made the trip to the Banner Country on Saturday evening will be that of the county’s two midfielders soaring up for a series of first half kick-outs and winning clean possession – Thomas Flynn and Fionntán Ó Curraoin gave a rousing exhibition of traditional high fielding and quick distribution.

This was really the classic example of taking each game as an entity on its own. Cork came into this match, their ears ringing from lofty praise after a 22 point victory over Kerry in the Munster final and plenty of loose talk about them being the greatest every under-21 side to leave the province.

By contrast, while Galway had handy enough wins over Sligo and Roscommon, serious doubts had been expressed about the quality of the opposition – even in the kick-around and warm-up before the game the body language from Cork was that of a team ready to go through the motions.

Cork spent the best part of the first 20 minutes trying to come to terms with the fact that this was going to be no pushover, only drawing level for the second time in the 23rd minute when Mark Collins pointed from play – once Tomás Flynn fired over the first point after 20 seconds, Galway had their opponents on the back foot.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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