Date Published: 22-Mar-2011
First it was Mervue United that slipped up as they collected just a point from two recent outings, but on Sunday last it was the turn of Athenry as they were beaten at home by Hibernians. The outcome is that the chase for the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division title has certainly opened up as Oranmore are now in pole position if one allows for points gathered and games in hand.
Life was made a little easier for the second placed side when Ollie Neary’s charges were given a walkover by West United as manager William Grant had just seven players at his disposal for the Saturday afternoon tie.
With Dynamo Blues doomed to relegation it appears that they will be joined in the First Division next season by either West or Salthill Devon. One or the other will really have to win a number of games if they are to avoid the drop and the likelihood is that either would have to win at least three times from their remaining five games if either are to save themselves.
In the First Division, East United and Corrib Celtic continue to stride away at the top and look the likely duo to go up.
Nearer the bottom Bohemians are another City side with a rich tradition who have fallen on difficult times in recent years. Poor early season form has seen them struggle but two recent wins have thrown them a lifeline as five clubs are separated by just four points in the lower half of the table.
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.