Date Published: 05-May-2011
Tommie Larkins 2-10
THEY may no longer be county champions but Portumna are still the team to beat as they showed last Saturday in Kenny Park with this emphatic 13 point victory over Tommie Larkins.
Time will tell whether they can produce the performances of the past decade when the stiffer tests come later in the championship, there’s no doubt that their attacking sextet will still punish any team that gives them an extra half second on the ball.
Tommie Larkins will be disappointed they didn’t remain competitive for longer than 12 minutes as they saw plenty of ball and had scoring chances, but every moment counts in a 60 minute joust with Johnny Kelly’s former All-Ireland kingpins as the border men underlined in the first 15 minutes.
It took Portumna two minutes to score when Andy Smith split the posts and Joe Canning added a free to make it 0-2 to 0-0. But the next passage of play would typify the overall nature of this contest.
Eamonn Hayes started a Tommie Larkins attack finding Niall Kelly on the right channel but his effort dropped short into Joe Keane’s hands. Straight away, the ball was sent back into play and worked its way to Canning on the 40. He turned, looked up, picked out Damien Hayes and the All-Star didn’t need a second invitation for the first goal.
Instead of a one point ball game, Portumna led 1-2 to 0-0 but Jason Flynn opened Tommie Larkins’ account in the sixth minute before Canning and Ger Kelly, playing as a third midfielder for the Woodford/Ballinakill side, left it 1-3 to 0-2 in the 10th minute.
Larkins had weathered the storm but were caught again 60 seconds later. Starting from a Keane puck out, Smith got possession on the left flank before striking off a determined Darra Starr for their second green flag.
The expected scoring blitz didn’t occur immediately as Tommie Larkins continued to take the game to their opponents. A delivery into the Portumna penalty area in the 12th minute saw a mix up between Ollie Canning and Michael Ryan. Paddy Moroney applied the pressure before winning control for Larkins as Keane couldn’t regain possession and Declan Garvey was at hand to help the ball over the line for a goal.
Twice, Noel Murphy’s charges responded positively and trailed by just 2-3 to 1-2 but the third blow did the job in the 13th minute. Keane recommenced play down the centre; Smith took the ball and saw Niall Hayes in space and the centre forward hit the net and Portumna were seven points ahead again.
This time, they put the boot down. Niall Hayes set up Joe Canning for a point before Canning converted a free. He added another from the right wing after receiving a Garret Heagney pass in the 18th minute, with his brother Davy registering a point before Martin Dolphin made it 3-8 to 1-2 in the 21st minute.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.