Date Published: 05-May-2011
IT’S the dream of every young Gaelic footballer . . . to play in an All-Ireland final in Croke Park and to end up in the winning dressingroom after hearing your captain make the victory speech.
For the vast majority of young players it never happens. The glory moments are hard to capture and a walk under the edifice of Croke Park’s giant stands around 3.45 last Sunday told its own story.
Six or seven Cavan players stood motionless and expressionless beside their team bus. It was as if their world had stopped . . . people passing by them, although only a few feet away, just didn’t exist in their world. This was the lonely world of defeat . . . that awful place to be, after losing an All-Ireland final.
Later on that evening, Alan Mulholland, acknowledged that a visit to the Cavan dressingroom had taken its toll on him. Always a gentleman, both in defeat and victory — and like every manager he knows the taste of both emotions — the Salthill man couldn’t but feel for the Cavan cause.
The men and women from Breffni Country had come in their thousands to Croke Park. A whole generation of Cavan people have grown old cradling a lingering hope that they would have one great day out in Dublin . . . to stroll down the North Circular with the cup in tow.
Royal blue decorated the streets of Dublin from O’Connell Street to Dorset Street as the hordes of Cavan supporters gathered outside the different hostelries. All week, Alan Mulholland knew that Galway would not only be facing 15 Cavan footballers but also this blue wave of emotion and passion.
But a bit like the boxer with all his handlers and trainers in the pre-fight build-up, when it comes to the bell, there’s only two fighters in the ring. And when it came to using the open spaces on the green sward of Croke Park, maroon jerseys seemed to make it first to nearly every ball. When the chances came at either end, Cavan dithered and fluffed their lines. Galway never hesitated and their forwards never needed a prompt.
“Of course my heart does go out to Cavan but I’m delighted for this Galway team that they have come to Croke Park and expressed themselves through a great performance.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.