Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
TIPPERARY may not have retained the All-Ireland senior hurling title since 1965, but the odds against the Premier county finally emulating that feat this year have tightened after their hard earned victory over Cork in the provincial quarter-final at Thurles last Sunday. The reigning champions didn’t perform consistently over the course of a high tempo match, but still had eight points to spare at the finish.
The crisis time came for Tipperary with about 14 minutes remaining after Cork had drawn level in retrieving an eight point deficit. The momentum and the wind were with the Rebels but, significantly, the title holders responded to the challenge in a clinical and unflustered style. Lar Corbett, the Hurler of the Year in 2010, displayed his leadership with a critical point, while half-forwards Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan burst back into life again.
The outcome, however, still wasn’t settled until Patrick Maher robbed Cork full back Eoin Cadogan before releasing substitute Benny Dunne for his team’s third goal in the 66th minute. Undoubtedly, the margin of victory flattered Tipperary in the end and their backline wasn’t entirely convincing, but nothing happened in Thurles last Sunday to suggest that Declan Ryan’s squad still aren’t the team to beat this summer.
Having been ambushed by Cork 12 months ago, Tipperary had a score to settle with their great provincial rivals and despite stretching into an early lead, it was already clear that the men in red were not daunted in the slightest by the task ahead. Denis Walsh and his mentors fielded a largely young team, backboned by the likes of the long serving John Gardiner, Niall McCarthy and Ben O’Connor, with the latter pair picking off six points from play between them.
In fact, Cork could have raised two green flags in the opening minutes, Firstly, Paudie O’Sullivan was bravely denied by Brendan Cummins before the excellent Pat Horgan whizzed his effort just wide of the opposition ‘keeper’s left hand post. Still, Tipperary had eked out a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 15th minute with the revitalised Callanan picking off two of those, including a glorious effort from the sideline on the old stand side of the field.
But Cork hadn’t come to Thurles to genuflect to the champions as they reeled off five of the next six points with McCarthy, O’Connor, Horgan (two) and Cian McCarthy all finding the range. By the 21st minute, the teams had been level for the fifth time only for Tipperary to make the decisive break on the approach to half-time. Two goals in the space of three minutes from that deadly duo of Eoin Kelly and Corbett help to power the home team into a comfortable 2-11 to 0-10 advantage.
They were far from out the gap, however, as Cork would have the advantage of the strong wind on the resumption. Tipperary did hit early second-half points from Callanan and John O’Brien, but the Rebels gradually built up a head of steam as Gardiner, Horgan, O’Connor and Niall McCarthy landed some wonderful points. Pa Cronin was also winning a lot of primary possession around midfield and by the 56th minute, Cork was level, their players were visibly animated and the team’s supporters could sense an upset.
Tipperary should have been well rattled, but they didn’t look it. Instead, in a calm and nearly methodical fashion, they regained their grip on the exchanges in impressively outscoring Cork by 1-7 to 0-2 over the remaining 15 minutes. The introduction of Conor O’Mahony helped to shore up their defence as well with Dunne’s opportunist strike the highlight of Tipp’s strong finish. At the other end, the Cork full forward line played too far out the field as Cummins fielded a number of wasteful long range efforts with not a red jersey in sight.
Overall, however, this was an encouraging effort from Cork. Walsh was justified in going with the youth even if the decision to replace Horgan near the end of the match was baffling. They weren’t overawed at facing Tipperary and while the personnel may have changed, Cork still strung together some excellently crafted team points which were a hallmark of their successful outfit in 2004 and ’05. They will be dangerous opposition in the qualifiers.
Naturally, Declan Ryan will be relieved that his squad have surmounted this difficult opening summer hurdle. It’s not easy to take over a team which are All-Ireland champions, but the new Tipperary management aren’t lacking in either ambition or organisation. Some of their defenders were occasionally caught out by Cork’s traditional craft and support play, but they will surely get better as the campaign drags on. Clare are up next for Tipperary and that should prove a relatively routine challenge for the title holders.
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.