Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
THE prestigious Feile na nGael under 14 hurling tournament returns to Galway for the first time since 1993 this coming weekend. The top under 14 hurlers, camogie players and handball competitors in the country will descend on Galway from June 24 to 26.
Well known clubs such as Ballygunner, Wolfe Tones, Na Piarsaigh, Kilmacud Crokes, Birr and O’Loughlin Gaels along with representatives from all the other counties of Ireland will head to Galway for Feile weekend where they will be hosted by the various hurling, camogie and handball clubs of the county.
The first Feile na nGael took place in Tipperary in 1971, a competition that was the brainchild of former GAA President, Seamus Ryan. Sixty four teams participated in the inaugural competition with Cork’s Blackrock defeating Eoghan Ruadh of Dublin in the prestigious A’ final.
Since that initial year Feile has gone from strength to strength with many of the most well known clubs in the country annexing titles in the intervening years. These include Na Piarsaigh (Cork), St.Finbarr’s (Cork), Glen Rovers (Cork), Wolfe Tones (Clare), James Stephens (Kilkenny), Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny), Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) and Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin).
Galway have also had their successes at Feile with the Christy Ring trophy residing in the county in 1993 when Loughrea defeated Turloughmore who are the current holders having got the better of Na Piarsaigh last June, in Ennis.
Other Galway clubs to have claimed divisional titles at Feile na nGael include Annaghdown, Carnmore, Abbey-Duniry, Killimor and Mountbellew-Moylough.
Camogie was introduced to Feile in 1974 with Rathnure of Wexford the first winners of the Corn Ui Phuirseil trophy. Galway has had considerable success in camogie’s top division with nine titles coming west of the Shannon.
Pearses have won three titles with Sarsfields and Mullagh claiming two each while Athenry and St.Colman’s have also tasted success. Davitts and Pearses have also claimed Division Two titles with Mountbellew, the Division Three winners in 1993.
St Jude’s (Dublin), Cahir (Tipperary), St. Martin’s (Wexford), Courcey Rovers (Cork), Thomastown (Kilkenny) and Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim) will be participating at this year’s Feile.
Handball is also an integral part of the Feile experience with many Galway clubs participating including Abbeyknockmoy, Annaghdown, Micheal Breathnach, Ballinasloe, Claregalway, Mountbellew-Moylough, Inis Oirr, Inis Mor, Moycullen, Salthill and Williamstown.
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.