Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Tommie Larkins 1-19
Darren Kelly in Ballinasloe
Tommie Larkins put themselves back into the championship picture last Sunday with a score taking exhibition in the first 15 minutes that built up a healthy lead against Athenry. After defeats to Mullagh and Portumna, the Woodford/Ballinakill outfit needed a result to stay in the competition and this critical victory has one foot in the final 12.
Padraig Pearses will have dispute that but there’s no doubt that when Tommie Larkins are in the mood, they find scores very easily. Had they been more alert against Portumna, they would certainly have been closer but they were determined to ensure no slip ups in this meeting.
Just 53 seconds passed when Colm Flynn’s long effort went over the bar and by the sixth minute, Noel Murphy’s side led by 0-5 to 0-0 through Kevin Hooban, Eamonn Hayes and Ger Kelly before Declan Garvey put five between the teams.
Tommie Larkins were dominating the middle third and taking their chances while Athenry were struggling to cope, but when they opened with a James Divally free in the eighth minute, Larkins weren’t finish their points flush just yet. Paddy Moroney restored the five point advantage in the ninth minute before Flynn and Kelly added white flags while Stephen Page picked off an excellent point from the right corner in the 14th minute to make it 0-9 to 0-1.
Another Divally free got Athenry’s second score in the 15th minute before Flynn replied for Larkins but two scores from Thomas Divally and James’ (Divally) third free reduced the deficit to 0-10 to 0-4 with 10 minutes to go before the break.
The next few points would be critical but Tommie Larkins delivered the killer blow in the 20th minute. A well worked move started with a Dara Starr puck out towards Hooban; he sent his delivery in Garvey’s direction who batted towards Moroney; the centre forward went on the run through the Athenry defence before passing to Niall Kelly whose overhead shot left John Grealish no chance and now nine points separated the teams.
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.