Date Published: 19-May-2011
MOST pundits will be keeping an eye on the respective fortunes of All-Ireland club champions Clarinbridge and an in-form Portumna in round three of the senior club hurling championship this weekend, but there a number of crunch games which, even at this early stage, will go a long way to deciding who will be in the shake-up come the knockout phase in the Autumn.
Although Clarinbridge and Portumna will be expected to pick up the points against Turloughmore and Padraig Pearses respectively, the meetings of St. Thomas’ and Castlegar, Ardrahan and Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry and Kinvara and Loughrea are a lot harder to call. Quite simply, these are massive, massive games for these clubs as defeat would leave many of them tinkering on the brink of a relegation battle.
Also down for the decision this weekend are the meetings between Beagh and Craughwell, both of which are unbeaten in Group D, Liam Mellows and Kiltormer and Athenry and Mullagh, who have claimed the scalps of Tommie Larkins and Padraig Pearses so far, while this will be Athenry’s opening game of the competition, after their first round fixture against Pearses fell by the wayside.
While this may result in Athenry being a little ring-rusty, their eagerness to enter the championship fray should ensure they have more than a good cut at the Group A leaders. In any event, enthusiasts should get to enjoy some fine hurling fare over the weekend.
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.