Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
A major amateur golf title continues to elude one of Galway’s top competitors who again ended up coming close but not close enough last weekend.
And Galway Golf Club’s Eddie McCormack was not hiding his disappointment at not winning the East of Ireland Amateur Championships at Baltray when he was in prime position after the second round.
But then a disastrous third round left him too far back to mount a sustained challenge and he ended up in a credible seventh position – although he had his sights firmly set on victory.
Eddie McCormack, a member of successful Galway Golf Club Senior Cup and Barton Shield winning sides, made it to the final of the West of Ireland amateur championships last only to be defeated in the decider.
He was also runner-up in the Irish Amateur Close Championships, was third round leader in last year’s East of Ireland only to finish fifth and his fortunes in last weekend’s event were equally frustrating.
But McCormack was well in contention in the East of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Baltray weekend but his third round proved extremely costly.
The Cavan native who lives in Galway opened up with rounds of 70 and 71 and at the half way stage was lying in joint second place and just one shot behind the leader, fellow Irish international player Alan Dunbar.
However, a third round 79 dropped McCormack well back and was in a tie for 17th position after 54 holes. He went from -3 to +4 and seven shots off the pace.
“It wasn’t a case of playing all that poorly. I hit a few errant tee shots and ended up in some terrible lies and there were occasions when I hit greens on the wrong side and suddenly the bogies kept coming. It was very annoying,” he admitted.
But his fortunes improved early in the fourth round when he got it back to one over and was just three shots behind the leader. He was three under for his round after five holes but dropped a couple of shots before the turn and just couldn’t make up the deficit.
The event was won by Richard O’Donovan who had earlier posted a 66 in more favourable conditions than McCormack played in, and as some of the leaders dropped away, the Lucan man just sat and watched his clubhouse score getting better and better.
Last year was hugely successful for McCormack when he powered his way into the final of the West of Ireland in County Sligo Golf Club only to be defeated by Rory Leonard from Banbridge Golf Club in County Down.
He was then selected to represent Ireland in the home internationals and this was a proud moment from him and he had the support of both Galway Golf Club and Cavan Golf Club during his performances at Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales.
McCormack is hoping to get an international call up again this year and said that this would be some consolation for not winning the ‘East’.
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.