Date Published: 03-May-2011
AFTER a few close attempts in recent years, the Galwegians U-17s finally claimed the title of All-Ireland champions with a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved win over Leinster standard bearers Gorey in Naas on Sunday.
Playing into the teeth of a strong first-half breeze, Wegians showed some signs of early nerves but eventually settled into their pattern of play.
They were making light work of facing the elements with another powerful display from their pack paving the way.
The back-row were beginning to get on top with captain and Irish international Sean O’Brien leading by example, aided and abetted by his flankers Ross Kerrigan and John Martin and an impressive front five unit in front of them.
The Blues had the first chance to take the lead but the stiffening breeze denied outhalf Ciaran Gaffney with an early penalty opportunity.
However they made the vital breakthrough on 20 minutes when some excellent driving play from the forwards gave scrum-half Paul Power the chance to dive over for a well deserved opening try. Gaffney landed the conversion to put the Blues 7-0 to the good.
However, the Wexford men were undaunted and they threatened at times to take advantage of the elements in their favour, only to meet a stern defensive wall of resistance.
And Galwegians struck a killer blow right on half-time when Gaffney struck an outrageous penalty from the 10 metre line against the breeze to give the city boys a vital 10-0 half-time cushion.
Gorey came out all guns blazing in the second half and their pressure was forcing a succession of penalties, which eventually led to the sin-binning of Wegians winger Niall Kane for a deliberate knock-on.
However the Blues showed their worth with a remarkable ten minutes of play with a man down, during which they scored ten unanswered points. Gaffney added a second penalty shortly after the binning when Galwegians turned defence into attack, and the killer blow came when skipper O’Brien intercepted a pass and dashed home unopposed to touch down under the posts for a second try.
Gaffney’s conversion made it 20-0, and with the out-half and his half-back colleague Power now in control of the game, the title was all but secured.
Gorey did manage a consolation score on the hour mark with a converted try from Eddie Earl, but it was too little too late as they had no answer to a superbly organised Wegians side who were determined not to let silverware slip from their grasp.
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.