Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
IT was a strange kind of scene for Galway football in recent times. Last Saturday evening’s All-Ireland semi-final against Cork had ended about 20 minutes previously and all over the pitch there were little huddles of supporters with bits of maroon regalia attached.
Shortly after, when the Galway team had completed their warm-down, they received an impromptu round of applause as they left the pitch – these were fans hungry for success but surely many of them couldn’t have expected to have their appetites satisfied last Saturday evening.
There was a decent hard core of Galway support in Cusack Park and most travelled in the hope of seeing a good performance but there was also a little fear of what Cork might do, in light of their 22 point Munster final win over Kerry.
Cork had come into this match with a bloated reputation and there’s probably no worse preparation for a big game than a facile victory in the previous encounter. Even in their pre-match mannerisms, there was a flippancy about Cork that indicated their minds weren’t in the right place.
By contrast Galway were gunning for action right from the opening throw-in by referee Joe Curley. Thomas Flynn, Fionntán Ó Curraoin and Micheál Boyle won the first three high balls – even when Cork went ahead 7-6 at half-time and 11-7 early in the second half, Galway were always sniping at their heels.
Flynn and Ó Curraoin continued to win the hard ball at midfield, the Galway backs although under severe pressure at times never lost the plot in terms of concentration and disciplined tackling, while up front – although a lot of good chances were missed – many more were being created.
Maybe at 11-7 down, 11 minutes into the second half, the dream threatened to die but then Eric Monahan and Mark Hehir delivered pressure scores to swing the game back the way of Galway.
Micheál Boyle’s classic 51st minute goal might have been the knock-out left hook, but before that blow to the point of the Cork chin, the barrage of jabs had made the opening.
When sub Michael Farragher expertly stroked over Galway’s last point of the match to put them three ahead, many tough Sundays earlier this Spring at Newry, Clones, Killarney, Tuam and Pearse Stadium had been shoved aside. Sport had thrown up another of those unexpected days.
Defeat is always a painful feeling but a glance at the Cork faces walking off under the stand shortly before eight o clock last Saturday painted a picture of shock and disbelief, as much as disappointment. They just hadn’t seen this one coming.
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.