Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Just over a month ago in Semple Stadium, the Galway camogie players trooped off the field at full-time after being subjected to a 3-10 to 0-10 masterclass from old foes Wexford. This Saturday in Belfield, Enniscorthy (3pm), the Tribeswomen are out to restore pride in the maroon and white jersey.
It is now 15 years since Galway secured their one and only All Ireland title and while hopes were high of eclipsing that gap following last year’s impressive run, the performance – or non performance as it transpired – in the league final hammered home the reality that Galway have it all to do if they are make the ascent up the steps of the Hogan Stand come September.
All of Galway’s old failings came home to roost on that Sunday in Thurles. Their inability to perform on the big stage was once more highlighted, while the defence was ripped to shreds by the pace and skill of Wexford’s attacking unit.
Consequently, Galway’s starting XV this Saturday will have a much different complexion than that which lined out in the league decider. Sandra Tannian (St Thomas) and Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses) are likely to line out among the forwards, while Athenry’s Therese Maher is heading in the opposite direction to bolster the defence.
That said, Galway will be without the services of Niamh McGrath, Rebecca Hennelly, Shauna Healy and Laura Mitchell all of who are exam tied. Nevertheless manger Noel Finn is optimistic about his side’s chances when speaking to Tribune Sport ahead of the fixture.
“The basic core work is done. The fitness is excellent. We’re probably a little bit ahead of where we were this time last year. Going to down to Wexford will be hard, but if we want to be contenders we have to be pushing them hard. We’re not going down to lose.”
“If we could get a result it would be a great confidence boost. We have a score to settle with them. The girls are anxious to atone for the past defeats against Wexford.
“We had a chance during the league final but fluffed it. We had them level, but missed our opportunities to go in front. We couldn’t make them come from behind.”
In any event, Galway will be hoping to run a much tighter ship in front of their own goal and they will need to against a Wexford full forward line in which Katrina Parrock and Lenny Holohan will pose a potent threat.
If Galway is to win this one, their forwards will need to score heavily. The 10 points amassed in the League decider, where a half back and midfielder scored more from play that the starting front six combined, will simply not be good enough.
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.