Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
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GALWAY Hockey Club lifted the Connacht Senior cup for the fourth year in succession in an exciting game played in perfect conditions in Dangan recently.
The game started at a fast pace with both teams moving the ball swiftly from end to end and Galway were unlucky not to take an early lead when Emma Johnson forced a fantastic save from Sinead Collins after five minutes.
Both sets of midfielders fought a battle royale with Galway’s Michelle Carey and Deirdre Hatton and Greenfields Neasa McGettigan and Dora Gorman swopping periods of dominance before Deirdre Hatton fed Lindsey Traynor on the left who passed two defenders before forcing a short corner for a foot foul in the circle.
The push out went to Lyndsey Traynor. She passed left to Freddie Timmons who unleashed a powerful shot giving Sinead Collins no chance in the Greenfields goal.
This goal spurred Greenfields into action and they dominated the remainder of the half but failed to hit the backboard. They had two golden opportunities to equalize.
Firstly, in the last ten minutes of the half, Neasa McGettigan carried the ball towards the circle and passed to Alma Whelan on the right. She switched left to Mary Healy who found herself in a one on one with Galway goalkeeper Emily Molloy. Molloy dived and smothered out the chance.
On the stroke of half-time a careless Galway back pass was intercepted by Mary Healy. She passed across the circle to the incoming Grace McCormack on the left. She might have done better with her powerful shot which hit the wrong side of the left upright. In between Galway could have extended their lead when Claire Heskin was just wide following a good cross from Lindsey Traynor.
The game failed to have the same urgency in the first period of the second half and Greenfields again had their chances to equalize, but their forwards continued to squander opportunities with Emily Molloy dealing excellently with two further one on one chances.
Both sides were temporarily reduced to ten players when Louise Fahy of Galway and then Alison Ryan of Greenfields both saw yellow for not getting back the required five metres quickly enough, the umpires having given several previous warnings to players from both sides.
Galway held onto their one goal advantage and Claire Heskin, their captain, was delighted to lift the Connacht Senior Cup again to finish their season off on a high.
Greenfields have a further opportunity to similarly finish on a positive note when they travel to Cork early next month for the play-offs for a place in the All Ireland Hockey League.
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.