Date Published: 09-May-2011
AT full time in this Magners League encounter on Friday evening, Connacht seemed as far away from beating Munster in their sacred home as ever.
Yet while the basic errors in possession, struggles at the breakdown and losses in the lineouts in this final game are crucial to answering why the visitors were brushed aside, they are a little too game specific to be relevant at this point. This is more of a where are we now situation.
Connacht have made progress this season, lots of it. In terms of points on the board, position in the table, tries score, tries conceded, young indigenous players blooded and even attendances at the still hopelessly outdated Sportsground. That should have the Connacht rugby folk beaming and bouncing on their toes. Yet, they’re not, for some reason everyone feels a bit flat.
It might be because of this mass exodus of key players. Eric Elwood’s first season is coming to a close, progress has been made and now he has to rebuild, but if Connacht can find the two key signings at tighthead and 12 then it will be hard to argue that next year’s squad would not at least have the potential to bring things forward.
The missing sense of triumph might simply be down to the fact that after a run of six wins on the bounce, four of the last five games were lost. It might also be because the gap between Connacht and the other provinces continues to grow or maybe simply because there is a clear reality that something more dramatic than a long term commitment from HQ is needed for the next step to be made.
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.