Date Published: 18-May-2011
Micheál Breathnachs 1-6
at Pearse Stadium
FOR the first quarter of this Galway senior football preliminary round championship clash at Pearse Stadium on Sunday, title favourites Corofin looked flat-footed and Micheál Breathnachs played with the energy that helped them to earn a shock win over the same opposition in the same fixture two seasons ago.
History couldn’t repeat itself, surely? Damn right it couldn’t. It’s not that Corofin were outstanding – far from it – but they had enough experienced leaders all over the park, and lads capable of taking scores when it mattered, to comfortably advance to the last 16.
Corofin, who performed nowhere near the heights of recent campaigns, have ample room for improvement but still thoroughly deserved their eight points victory, which probably says more about the ineptitude of their opponents than it does about Brian Silke’s men: Micheál Breathnach’s were truly awful.
The Connemara man, although well on top in possession stakes early on, flattered to deceive and their overall display over the hour was as poor as you’ll see at this level. No attempt at sugar coating will mask the fact that they scored just 1-1 from play, with five of their six starting forwards contributing nothing from play on the scoreboard.
Breathnach’s registered four wides in total so it’s not that they created ample opportunities either, something you couldn’t say about the north Galway kingpins, who shot a dozen wayward efforts.
A match that failed to get the pulses racing was illuminated twice by two superb finishes to the net by county player Damien Burke, who was a real handful when using his strength to win possession at centre-forward.
We may be more accustomed to seeing him in a defensive role and he may not have the attacking nous of, say, a Seán Armstrong or Nicky Joyce, but Burke’s championship debut up front was one of the few highlights of a timid affair.
Gary Sice, another who has had many stand-out days in defence for club and county, put in a man-of-the-match effort at wing-forward – he chipped in with three fine points from play and had a buzz about him throughout that was sadly lacking from so many others that togged out.
Corofin were persistently fouling in the early exchanges, and were a bit off the pace in contrast to Breathnach’s who looked liveliest from the throw-in. They were snaffling all the breaking ball round the middle but, for all their huffing and puffing, had a miserly two pointed frees from Peadar Ó Cionnaith to show for their 15 minutes of dominance.
Full-forward Kieran Comer rounded his marker with ease to open Corofin’s account on 14 minutes and seconds later Burke registered his first three-pointer. Gearóid Ó Flátharta gathered a short kick-out but was dispossessed and Burke had just one thing on his mind and he buried a haymaker of a shot past Caoimhín Mac an tSaoir.
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.