Date Published: 13-Apr-2011
AT PEARSE STADIUM
GALWAY managed to salvage some pride and a modicum of championship hope from the tail end of their league travails but by the time the curtain came down on their Spring campaign at Pearse Stadium on Sunday, the late, late effort just wasn’t enough to preserve their Division One status.
At least, the conclusion of their league run was an awful lot better than the start with a decent performance against All-Ireland champions Cork, a gutsy away win in Armagh and a spirited comeback last Sunday against the Dubs, but a lot of boxes remain to be ticked before the championship acid test against Mayo in late June.
On the plus side for Galway is the spirit and commitment of the side. When Dublin powered into a 2-8 to 0-6 lead early in the second half, despite having Alan Brogan sent off in the 6th minute, there were genuine fears among the home crowd of close on 4,000 that a rout could be on the cards.
Galway responded by producing their most concerted and focused period of play notching eight points without reply to level the contest at 2-8 to 0-14 with barely eight minutes left on the clock – by then Dublin were desperately hanging onto the ropes but alas the knock-out blow just couldn’t be delivered.
First half defensive frailty cost the home side dearly and Dublin’s two goals during this period both resulted from Galway possession losses when the turnover should never have happened – it was to be the recurring pattern of the first half.
There were just three minutes on the clock when an Eoin Concannon pass went astray in the middle of the field and Dublin delivered a quick ball into the path of Alan Brogan, who whizzed inside the Galway full backline far too easily before blasting past Adrian Faherty in the Galway goal.
Nine minutes before half-time, things got an awful lot worse for Galway after Joe Bergin won possession close to his own goal line and attempted to break through two Dublin players – again the ball was knocked clear into the path of Pat Burke who soloed through unhindered before finishing cleanly to the back of the net.
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.