Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Stephen Glennon in Mullingar
In years to come, the GAA annals will show Galway won this Leinster senior hurling quarter-final against the Lake County by nine points; they maybe even indicate that it was an impressive tally of 3-1 from Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan that – at least in scoring terms – made the difference. That, though, will not even come close to telling the full story.
In truth, the Galway supporters in the 3,000 plus crowd who made the journey to Cusack Park didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after this one. An air of bemusement reigned, with the more positive fans assuring themselves that this sub-standard Galway performance was just an opening day glitch, while, at the other extreme, others were foreboding a summer of hurling discontent.
In any event, the fact remains that three-quarters of the way through this contest, the Tribesmen had surrendered a six-point lead to their ‘inferior’ opposition and looked to be hanging on by a thread as a the scoreboard read Galway 3-9, Westmeath 2-12.
Yes, Westmeath had found the target 14 times to Galway’s 12 – the home side also hit 10 first half wides in addition to another six in the second period – and where it not for the incisiveness and power of Donnellan’s contribution, John McIntyre’s outfit could have been in real trouble.
Indeed, the fact that Eanna Ryan, Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan and the iconic Joe Canning – all starters in the 2010 championship – had to be introduced to wipe the egg from Galway faces said as much about the Galway display and as it did about Westmeath’s heroics. The favourites came to Mullingar simply to play a game but it was a fiery Westmeath who were up for the game.
As it was, Galway can thank their full-back line of captain Damien Joyce, David Collins and Fergal Moore for their contribution, along with the workmanlike David Burke at midfield, and Donnellan and the ever-reliable Damien Hayes – who pointed four from play – in attack.
Other than that, there were only cameos from the remainder around the park – just here and there. If this was down to the arrogance that the Galway jersey was better than that worn by the Westmeath players, or, perhaps even, a certain apathy, who can tell. Whatever the reason, the majority of Galway players did not cover themselves in glory from this one.
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.