Date Published: 22-Mar-2011
STRUGGLING – it’s the new prefix that increasingly precedes mention of the Galway senior football team.
On Sunday morning, listeners to national radio stations’ sports bulletins of a round-up preview of the day’s National Football League action were told that All-Ireland champions Cork take on “struggling Galway” in Salthill. Cork weren’t playing Galway or Tomás Ó Flathartha’s Galway. No, it was “struggling Galway”. The implication was clear: this will be a cakewalk for the visitors.
Maybe it helped to breed complacency in the Rebels; maybe being written off fired Galway up; but at times in the sunshine at Pearse Stadium, if you didn’t know otherwise, you’d be hard pressed to pick out which of the two teams was “struggling Galway” and, which was the best team in the land in 2010.
Backs firmly against the wall, the Tribesmen produced by far their best display of Ó Flatharta’s reign. It wasn’t good enough to take the spoils, probably won’t be enough to retain Division 1 status, but it should restore some much-needed confidence to the players and will give hope to fans that maybe, just maybe, Galway are getting back on the right track.
Fifteen minutes in, Cork were cruising and Galway were, well, struggling to get a foothold as Conor Counihan’s men cantered to a 0-5 to 0-1 lead with scores from Daniel Goulding, a free and two classy points from play, Fintan Gould and Patrick Kelly (free). Same old Galway we thought, and at that stage the talk was all about how much of a cricket score Cork would win by.
It could have been a lot worse when a long ball into the danger area wasn’t dealt with by the Galway defence but full-forward Colm O’Neill’s shot was clinically stopped by Adrian Faherty.
Then there was a stoppage to allow O’Neill, who took a knock to his ankle, receive assistance leaving the pitch, and once play resumed minutes later it was a completely different match. Cork nodded off, Galway sprung to life.
Inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of Matthew Clancy in particular, Galway conjured up their most purposeful and exciting 20 minutes of football all year. Clancy commenced the fight back with a point after linking up with Cathal Kenny, and the Oughterard man was involved again minutes later when he combined with Fiachra Breathnach to release Cormac Bane for his second white flag of the day.
At 0-3 to 0-5, Galway had the perfect opportunity to hit the front when a one-two with Paul Conroy put Breathnach through on a one-on-one situation with Cork custodian Ken O’Halloran but the wing forward, having done the hard work by rounding corner-back Ray Carey, didn’t even force a save from the ‘keeper and sliced it badly wide with his right foot when using his left peg was the more sensible option. A howler of a miss that proved costly in the end.
Still, Galway kept going and with Joe Bergin and Finian Hanley fielding more than their fair share around the centre, the Tribesmen had enough possession to keep the Cork rearguard under pressure, which led to two frees that were converted by Bane and Eoin Concannon, bringing the sides level at 0-5 apiece.
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.