Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
At Pearse Stadium
THE slide in the performances of the Galway senior camogie team over the past fortnight has been, to say the least, frightening.
On Sunday last, Galway suffered their worst defeat in the championship since 2007. That alone is an indication that the team are in real trouble.
Supporters were left scratching their head as to what has happened to the class of 2011. Where had gone the side of steel, style and character that outplayed Cork to win, pulling up, this time 12 months ago. A side that showed mental toughness to again account for the Rebels in the All Ireland semi-final.
In a humbling defeat, Noel Finn’s charges were left under no illusions as to their standing in the pecking order of top flight camogie. Along with Wexford, Cork appear poised for a serious assault on the O’Duffy Cup.
As for Galway, whether or not they can pick themselves up from this one remains to be seen. The question now is, where does this sobering loss leave Galway? The performance, devoid of heart, raised far more questions than answers.
Was Galway’s true value shown on Sunday? Is there such a gulf in class between the two counties taking into consideration that Galway twice turned Cork over in last year’s championship?
In any event, it is now clear that the win over Wexford just two weeks ago was but a spike in form. A victory that served no purpose, other than to create false hope and generate an air of confidence unmercifully wiped out by a rejuvenated Cork side.
A settled 15 has yet to be established and, interestingly, the management made only two substitutions on Sunday, when it was blatantly obvious than more than a handful of Galway players were being taken to the proverbial cleaners by their Southern opponents.
One can respect the management wanting to keep faith in their starting line up, but with past and present All Stars on the sideline, Galway are equipped with a strong panel. The bench is there to be exercised, it was overlooked against Cork.
Unjust and unfair as it might sound, reality is that two or three of the players who started against Cork are not up the cut and thrust of inter county camogie. Terrific club players they might be, but there is an ocean of difference in the standards of club and inter-county.
All in all, Cork looked hungrier, stronger and outclassed the Westerners all over the field. Their striking was crisp and movement without possession fantastic. The display was a throwback to the days when Cork were handing out such thumpings to every team in the country.
To the fore was their captain Rena Buckley who had an outstanding game at centre back with Gemma O’Connor dominant at midfield. Jenny O’Leary pulling the attacking strings – shooting 2-8 over the hour – and had capable accomplices in the likes of Briege Corkery and Katriona Mackey who hit 0-3.
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.