Date Published: 30-May-2011
St. James’ 1-13
St. Michael’s 2-5
THE ‘west side is the best side’ no longer. East conquered west on Saturday at Pearse Stadium as St. James’ comfortably defeated St. Michael’s in an enjoyable city derby clash in the back door round of the Galway Senior Football Championship.
Seamus Burke’s charges not only deservedly earned bragging rights over their city rivals, they also advanced to the last 16 of the county championship race where they have been drawn against Moycullen.
More importantly, the Mervue/Renmore/Ballybane outfit, in their debut season in the top flight, have now cemented senior status for another year. Not a bad evening’s work for a side that looked out of their depth against Claregalway in round one – now, with the pressure of relegation lifted, ‘The Jimmies’ can drive on, maybe start enjoying their football and view everything from here on in as a bonus. If they can do that, then they’ll put it up to most of the sides left standing.
As for St. Michael’s, they are now in a perilous situation – just two defeats way from returning to the intermediate grade. Pat Regan’s men may have been unlucky to lose to Killererin the first day out but they can’t blame questionable officiating for this: St James’ were by far the better team and – had the winners’ finishing been more clinical – St. Michael’s could have suffered a right hiding.
As you’d expect, St Michael’s – who were missing key personnel – battled throughout but they struggled to get a foothold in the match and just hadn’t the scoring prowess to trouble St. James’.
After six minutes, it was looking good for St. Michael’s – Conor Hoctor landed two excellent points and county minor Shane Maughan rounded his marker, Conor Glynn, to bury to the net past John Egan.
Paul Conroy (free) and Eoin Concannon, wearing 11 but operating on the edge of the square, raised two white flags leaving it 1-2 to 0-2 after a frantic start but it was one-way traffic for the remainder of the half as St. James’ took over, outscoring their opponents by six points to one, against the wind.
Concannon, a handful for centre-back Keith O’Donoghue and full-back Alan Glynn, split the posts twice more, Michael McCormack and Eoghan O’Regan chipped in with scores while even centre-back Johnny Duane – a score that had its origins on his end-line and a movement involving half a dozen players – got in on the act.
Maughan (free) pulled one back to end a 20 minutes barren spell for St. Michael’s but this score was cancelled out by Conroy (free) leaving his side 0-8 to 1-3 to the good at the small whistle.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.