Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
St Thomas’ 2-22
AT KENNY PARK
THE most successful team in Galway hurling history appear to be heading for big trouble if one is to judge by the clear gulf in class at Athenry on Wednesday evening when Castlegar were hammered by a youthful and far more skilful St Thomas’ in a one-sided senior championship Group C tie.
If anything, Castlegar were flattered by the 12 point margin of defeat as county star Ger Farragher saved their blushes a little with a late goal from a dubious penalty after the South Galway men had long since secured a comfortable victory.
It’s two games without a win now for a demoralised Castlegar camp and, with games against Sarsfields and All-Ireland champions Clarinbridge to come, it’s hard to see how they can avoid finishing bottom of the group and heading towards the relegation dog-fight on the basis of this performance.
Cashel have a proud history, and have never lost their senior status since becoming the first Galway team to win the All-Ireland 31 years ago, but they were clearly second best against a St. Thomas’ side who did not even need to hit top gear.
With the sole exception of brave defender Kevin Brady, Castlegar did not seem to have the heart for battle against a St. Thomas’ side who dominated the play from start to finish and held an unassailable lead (2-14 to 1-4) by half-time.
The only moment of doubt came when corner forward Ronan O’Flynn goaled for the losers after eight minutes, reducing a four point deficit to the minimum, but the victors kept their composure and kept putting points on the board.
A decent crowd of about 400, given the awful conditions, saw St. Thomas’ opt to start with wind advantage and they went five points up thanks to scores from the lively Anthony Kelly (two), and Kenneth, David, and Bernard Burke,
before Farragher opened Cashel’s account from a free.
O’Flynn produced a strong run in from the right corner to plant an unstoppable ball to the net, but strong centre forward Conor Cooney responded with a pointed free. They might be young, but there is strength down the middle of this St. Thomas’ side with Cooney, centre back Donal Cooney, committed captain Robbie Murray, and James Regan at full-forward all catching the eye over the hour.
Add in the contributions of county man David Burke at midfield, and wing forwards Bernard Burke and Richie Murray, and it soon became clear that the South Galway men were winning out tussles all over the field.
Richie Murray hit two excellent points in a row before a Connor Cooney free fell to Bernard Burke, whose score opened up a five point lead by the 22nd minute.
Farragher’s wizardry from the placed ball reduced the deficit, but it was notable that O’Flynn’s goal was his side’s only score from play in the entire first half – otherwise, they relied on four Farragher frees as they tried in vain to stay in touch.
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.