Date Published: 03-May-2011
MERVUE United bounced back from three defeats to register a first home league win since the club returned to Fahy’s Field and, in the process, ended high flying Monaghan Utd’s unbeaten start to the First Division campaign.
Johnny Glynn’s side certainly didn’t look like a team short on confidence as two Jason Molloy strikes and another from defender Eric Browne ensured another bad day in Galway for Monaghan Utd as they ended the game with just nine men.
The home side got off to the perfect start as they hit the front with just five minutes on the clock. Rory Gaffney and Mark Ludden exchanged passes before the latter fed Molloy who cut inside Aiden Collins before unleashing a low drive into the bottom corner past a helpless Gabriel Sava.
Mervue almost doubled that lead as Tom King struck an effort just past the visitors’ post, while Dan Cunningham’s dangerous low ball across the face of the Monaghan goal failed to find a Mervue player.
Roddy Collins side found themselves level on 18 minutes when an attempted back pass by Browne fell kindly into the path of Declan O’Brien and he lobbed Ger Hanley for his sixth goal in five games.
Browne atoned for that error eight minutes later as he finished off a fine move involving Gaffney and Ludden to put the home side back in front.
Mervue continued to take the game to Monaghan and Gaffney saw his header brilliantly pushed around the post for corner by Sava just past the half hour mark following a right wing cross from King.
On the stroke of half time, King got away down the right again and his cross picked out Ludden who headed straight at Sava as they ended the period on the attack.
The home finally doubled their lead ten minutes after the re-start when the impressive Gaffney played in his strike partner Molloy, and he held off the challenge of two defenders before blasting the ball past Sava at his near post for 3-1.
Eight minutes later and Monaghan’s Paul Whelan received a straight red for retaliation following a foul by Molloy near the touchline.
Molloy should have had his hat-trick on 66 minutes when Mike Tierney set him up from close range, but he shot tamely at Sava.
King and Gaffney both had efforts just clear Sava’s crossbar shortly afterwards as the home side looked for more goals.
Monaghan were then reduced to nine men following the dismissal of goalscorer O’Brien with 13 minutes remaining.
Ludden was denied twice in a matter of minutes by Sava as he was well positioned to save. The Monaghan keeper came to his side’s rescue again with five minutes remaining as he once again denied Gaffney with his legs, while sub Don Tierney shot over at the other end following a lay-off from fellow sub Michael Isichei.
Mervue halted a three game run of defeats with this win as they finally registered their first league win since returning home to Fahy’s Field and, on this evidence, no team will relish visiting the eastside venue.
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.