Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
When the Carlsberg National Fives kicked off early on Saturday morning, more than 100 with names like Intelligent Monkies, Lame Ducks, Pornstars Super Injunctions and Geratric Turkeys all had ambitions of winning the 35th running of the event.
However just after six o’clock on Sunday evening, Big O Taxi’s were crowned champions as the OLBC backboned side held off the challenge of the Mervue-based Better Bettors by 2-1 in the final.
Played in front of a huge crowd at the splendid amphitheatre that is Salthill Park, the winners were generally in command throughout and stunning long range strikes in each half by Geoffrey Power had them ahead before Eamonn Feeney pulled one back for the losers in the closing minutes.
Galway minor star Shane Maughan was their leading goal scorer as he notched eight throughout the campaign, while Ronan Caldwell also contributed hugely in the scoring stakes. Power was rewarded for his prowess with the goal of the tournament award.
For Better Bettors it was a bitter pill to swallow as they were going down in the final for the second year in succession and indeed such is their consistency that it was the third time they had got the last four.
However one of their charges was rewarded when Derek McWalter was selected as the Player of the Tournament by the Fives special guest Seamus McGettigan, himself a winner in 1981. He was presented with the Diarmuid Fadden memorial medal.
The Ray Healy memorial ‘Fair Play’ award selected by the referees went to beaten semi-finalists ECO Car Wash.
Big O Taxi’s: Alan McDonagh, Geoffrey Power, Jimmy Jennings, Ronan Caldwell, Shane Maughan, Damien Carter, Joe Hession.
Better Bettors: Ryan Griffin, Derek McWalter, Stephen Cunningham, Stephen Larkin, Colie Kelly, Eamonn Feeney, Summit Chawla.
As part the 35th running of the event, Salthill Devon included an Over 35 section in the Fives for the first time and after a lot of energy was expanded Cregmore were crowned champions following a 2-1 win over Kelly’s Heroes (Salthill Devon).
Pete Kelly was most unfortunate to head home an own goal for the opener and it was Padraig Brennan who got the second for Cregmore, but the biggest cheer of the day was still to come when the long serving Devon clubman drilled home a cracker after being set up by Shane O’Doherty.
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.