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Sarsfields finish strongly to edge out wasteful St. Thomas’ in a lively affair

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Date Published: 27-Apr-2011

Sarsfields 1-18

St. Thomas’ 0-18

Alan Dooley

in Loughrea

A GAME that for long periods appeared destined to end in stalemate in Loughrea on Sunday afternoon was eventually won by a Sarsfields side that held their nerve at the finish to edge out St. Thomas’ in Group C of the Cooper Senior hurling championship.

Kerrill Wade was the undoubted star for Sarsfields in a livley joust between two very evenly matched sides, ending with 1-11 to his name, with his final two points breaking the deadlock for the last time in the closing minutes as St. Thomas’ were left to rue some poor shooting at the death.

Indeed, it was probably Sarsfields efficiency in front of the posts in the second half – they managed just a single wide from 13 attempts at the posts – which just gave them the right to shade a contest which was level on no less than seven occasions.

It was a different story in the opening 20 minutes, though, as Sarsfields struggled to shake off the cobwebs and cope with the cross-field breeze, shooting eight astray, yet still they managed to be on level terms at 1-2 to 0-5 in the main thanks to Wade’s lethal shot to the net on 12 minutes after good work from Noel Kelly in the left corner.

St. Thomas’ scores had come from a brace each from Conor Cooney (one free) and James Regan with Kenneth Burke also finding the range from his midfield station. Cooney and Regan were St. Thomas’ biggest threats in that opening spell but the switch of Kevin Hynes back to centre half back somewhat diluted their effectiveness.

A quartet of Wade points (three frees) for Sarsfields in quick succession opened up the first meaningful gap of the contest by the 27th minute, but this was whittled away in injury time as Regan and a subdued Richie Murray closed the gap to two with classy points.

Kenneth Burke narrowed the deficit further on the resumption before Hynes posted arguably the score of the day for Sarsfields after a lung-bursting run from defence went unhindered and he expertly split the posts.

St. Thomas’ were beginning to assert themselves, though, and they notched four points in four minutes through Anthony Kelly (2), Regan, and a Cooney free to take the lead, although they did in the same period waste their only viable goal chance of the day which in the end proved critical.

Sarsfields continued the tit-for-tat nature of events with three points of their own to nudge ahead as Joseph Cooney landed a magical score from distance before a Wade free and Neil Morrissey point made it 1-10 to 0-12 in Gerry Fahy’s side’s favour.

A nasty looking knee injury to Sarsfields midfielder Kieran Kelly on 44 minutes interrupted their rhythm and St. Thomas’ were back on the offensive with Cooney again on target from a placed ball before Kenneth Burke’s third of the game was cancelled out by a fine effort by Liam Michael Kelly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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