Date Published: 11-May-2011
A NERVOUS, edgy affair last Saturday took 45 minutes to spark into life in Kenny Park but then finished the final quarter with five goals as Gort took victory in what could prove to be an important game in the Senior Hurling Championship.
Gort were surprise fallers in last year’s group stages while Loughrea, after defeat in the 2010 county final, were blooding new players as their minor and under 21 winning teams from 2009 made the step up to senior.
With Craughwell and Beagh looking good in Group D, this felt like a must win encounter as the losers would face the challenge of having to account for one of these two, along with Kinvara, if they were to be in the shake up come autumn.
At the three quarter mark, Gort led 0-11 to 0-9 in a meeting littered with moderate play and some strong, sometimes excessive, challenges but Mattie Murphy’s men then took control to achieve their first success of 2011 after their opening day defeat to Craughwell.
Their first goal was the turning point as a move involving Paul Killilea, Aidan Harte and Gerard O’Donoghue saw Killilea follow through to challenge Loughrea goalkeeper Nigel Murray before helping the ball over the line. The goal stood and, suddenly, Gort opened up a lead.
Harte’s 20 metre free 60 seconds later put his side 1-12 to 0-9 ahead before they added a second green flag in the 48th minute. A quick move down the right saw Keith Killilea’s long delivery secured by Martin Nestor who turned for goal before hitting the net.
Kenneth Colleran responded for Loughrea 10 minutes out with a point before Gort got their third goal in five minutes to wrap up the win. Starting in defence, Sylvie Og Linnane produced a good block as Johnny Coen looked for another Loughrea score. Play moved quickly down the other end as Ollie Fahy and Killilea were involved before Harte finished with his goal and Gort led 3-12 to 0-10.
Gort’s defence was resilient, denying Loughrea much space throughout the hour but they did let their guard down in the final five minutes as Joe Sweeney’s team managed two consolation goals that could prove critical if scoring difference becomes a factor in the group.
Coen and Johnny Maher caused problems in the Gort defence five minutes from time before Maher got the touch for the first; Coen did it himself two minutes into injury time with the second goal and their deficit ended up at eight points.
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.