Date Published: 22-Mar-2011
O’Loughlin Gaels 0-12
STEPHEN GLENNON AT CROKE PARK
THERE must be a breed of Harry Potter’s wand in the ash used in the hurleys out Clarinbridge way, for the Galway county champions’ performances these days are akin to a magic show. Hand into the hat, out comes the rabbit. Now you see them, now you don’t.
Indeed, such was their spellbinding second half display in this thoroughly enjoyable All-Ireland Club senior hurling final at Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, that their opponents O’Loughlin Gaels were left bamboozled by the Bridge’s crafty wizardry.
The result: Clarinbridge are the 2011 All-Ireland senior club hurling champions, and justifiable so. While they may have been outgunned and outmuscled in the opening 27 minutes, almost with the wave of a wand, they erased a five-point deficit to enter the break on level terms against a now deflated O’Loughlin Gaels.
It all happened so quickly. Trailing 0-9 to 0-4, the Bridge struggled to secure a stranglehold on the game. Changes were made in an effort to spark a revival before the half-time break and when Alan Kerins was moved from the full-forward berth into the half-forward line/midfield sector – with brother Mark redeployed inside – it produced the necessary sparkle and dazzle to ignite the Bridge challenge.
On 28 minutes, Alan Kerins pointed, before Eoin Forde added another seconds later. Although Alan Geoghegan responded for O’Loughlin Gaels, the Bridge were gaining momentum and two minutes into injury-time, they conjured up the perfect potion to their first half dilemma.
Alan Kerins supplied his brother Mark with a crisp delivery and the latter showed the decisiveness required to pull first time to the net. Broomsticks at the ready, the wizards from the Bridge were now on the move.
Within moments, they attacked once more. Mark Kerins was hauled to the ground, affording them the opportunity to perhaps take the lead for the first time deep into injury-time. Although Kerins powerful dead ball effort was deflected over the bar, that point did ensure the Galway men entered the change of ends on level terms, 1-7 to 0-10, despite having been totally outplayed for most of the opening period.
Truly, it was quite incredible, but better was to come on the resumption and by the end of the third quarter, Clarinbridge had raced into a 1-15 to 0-12 lead. Mark Kerins (three frees), impressive first half substitute Enda Collins (2), Eoin Forde (2) and Alan Kerins all landed some magnificent points, while O’Loughlin Gaels, for their part, were held to two Mark Bergin frees.
Clarinbridge were relentless now and, indeed, already had assumed the air of champions. Full back Brian Burke and centre back David Forde, at the central spine of the defence, were lording it, with the latter showing a great deal of heart in overcoming his early difficulties with Bergin, who shot four points from play in the opening half.
Around Burke and Forde, their defensive cohorts, in particular captain Paul Callanan and Jamie Cannon, were like characters from a science fiction movie – beaming in, seizing possession, and beaming out again. Quite often faster than a speeding bullet.
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.