Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
Mervue United continue to stride away at the summit of the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division, the Fahy’s Field side enjoying a nine point lead over second place Oranmore, who do have two games in hand.
Athenry remain in third, while two wins in a week had moved Hibernians into fourth position and although they require some of the leading trio to slip up, they still fancy their chances as they also have to face some of the contenders in remaining games.
Corrib Celtic will be joining East United in the top flight next season as the duo have secured their promotion from the First Division, while OLBC continue to streak away at the top of the Second Division and with two games this week, will definitely be confirmed as champions by the weekend.
Mervue United were always in command in Tuam as they eventually saw off the Dynamo Blues challenge by 4-2 and in the process increased their lead at the top of the table.
A brace of opening-half headers by Dara Ryan and Keith McHugh had them in command at the break, but the home side pulled one back when John Ross Bodkin scored. Almost immediately Robert Connolly opened up the visitors two goal advantage once more. Blues had an opportunity to close the gap when awarded a penalty, but John Farragher’s spot kick was saved by Ryan Griffin.
While Bodkin did reduce the arrears to 3-2 with his second of the contest, it was Colie Kelly who had the final say when slotting home Mervue’s fourth.
Second-placed Oranmore were in midweek action, but a 2-0 home defeat against Hibernians didn’t exactly help their title prospects. Daniel Small knocked home the opener in the first half after a Conor Cleary effort was blocked in the box and in the final minute Liam Hrehorow cracked home a stunning free kick for the second.
Athenry were comfortable 2-0 winners over St Bernard’s as goals by Alan O’Donovan and Gary Forde maintained their title challenge.
On Sunday morning in Bohermore, Stephen Henrique’s yellow boots were the brightest thing on offer as the home side notched a late winner when defeating NUI Galway by 2-1. It was scoreless at the break, before a Keith Ward free kick edged Hibernians in front, but Philip Keegan levelled matters at 1-1 after getting on the end of a Ger Cheevers pass.
With a stalemate on the cards, a Danny McKeague shot from outside the box took a cruel deflection and even the scrambling Mark Cobey could not get across to deflect it away as the home side sneaked a late winner.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.