Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
Mervue Utd 2
The Galway District League Junior season came to a close on Wednesday night in Terryland Park as Mervue Utd’s Junior A side captured the Michael Byrne Cup for a staggering seventh time in 10 years for the club following a hard earned 2-1 win over Athenry.
It was a fitting finale to a long junior season that the two sides who had fought out the Premier Division league title race would meet in the decider. Mervue had claimed that league title after a 1-1 draw with Athenry in their final game of the campaign, while Athenry captured the Connacht Junior Cup for a second successive year, so both came into the game on course for a double.
The first half proved to be a very scrappy affair with little in the way of clear cut chances as the long hard season seemed to be taking its toll on both sides, with pass after pass going astray. Mervue created the first good move of the game on 11 minutes when Stephen Larkin and Derek McWalter combined well down the left before the latter laid the ball off to Miko Nolan who struck his effort just over from the edge of the box.
Athenry’s Alan O’Donovan strode past two defenders in the 18th minute before delivering a dangerous ball into the box with Ger McGrath slicing his clearance goalwards, only for the alert Ryan Griffin to save under the post with Bryan Mannion lurking.
O’Donovan then had a well struck free-kick deflected away for a corner just past the half hour, while at the other end a Darvin Dowling free-kick resulted in a goalmouth scramble which eventually saw Gary Delaney collect a Keith McHugh effort to avert the danger.
Three minutes from the break Griffin produced a smart save down low at his near post from a well executed Seamie Crowe free-kick as the opening period finished without a goal. That all changed pretty quickly after the break, as just past the hour mark saw a flurry of goals in a seven minute spell.
Mervue hit the front on 61 minutes after a quickly taken free-kick from Robert Connolly released sub Stephen Cunningham into the box only for Robbie O’Grady to haul him down. Referee Ger Cahill had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Dowling coolly sent Delaney the wrong way with his low effort into the corner.
Athenry were back on level terms four minutes later as Declan Cullen powerfully headed home inside the box from a pinpoint Crowe free-kick delivery. All of sudden the game had come alive and within three minutes Padraig Kilgannon’s side responded again and were back in front.
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.