Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
St Brigid’s Loughrea 4-14
Roscrea CC 4-12
Niall Canavan at Semple Stadium
St Brigid’s Vocational School, Loughrea made history on Saturday last at Semple Stadium when they defeated Roscrea CC to claim their ninth All-Ireland senior vocational school’s hurling title.
This victory, added to their junior All-Ireland win from four weeks previous, meant the Loughrea-based school became the first to win both the senior and junior titles in the same year.
This enthralling game had everything – eight goals, superb points and a grandstand finish that culminated with Brian Molloy shooting an injury time point to seal a dramatic victory for the Martin Raftery-managed side.
St Brigid’s looked to be heading for victory as the game entered its final stages when leading by five points but two Roscrea goals, the second three minutes from time through John Wall, ensured a dramatic conclusion to a wonderful spectacle.
Wall’s goal had Roscrea within the minimum at 4-13 to 4-12 but stout St Brigid’s defending epitomised by Darragh O’Donoghue, Gary Moylan and Sean Sweeney held Roscrea at bay prior to Molloy’s late insurance point.
It was Roscrea that started the brighter, and by the seventh minute they had five unanswered points on the board. Eoin Ryan, with two, Brendan Toohey, Wall and midfielder Joe Cleary were on target for the wind-aided Tipperary side.
With Roscrea dominating, St Brigid’s eventually dropped midfielders Sweeney and Tomas Spellman back into a deep-lying sweeping role while their half forward line of Darragh Burke, Darragh Dolan and Thomas Mitchell subsequently retreated towards the middle of the field.
This successfully negated the quality of ball reaching the dangerous Ryan, while also creating much needed space for the St Brigid’s full forward line where Molloy excelled.
Soon after this St Brigid’s, who lined out without full-back Shane Flynn due to flu and centre-back Mark Horan, were level at 1-2 to 0-5.
Their first score came on nine minutes when Stephen Cahalan struck to the net after collecting from Brian Molloy. The aforementioned Molloy and team captain Darragh Burke then added quick fire points to equalise.
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.