Date Published: 14-Mar-2011
Galway United 2
On a wicked Friday night at Oriel Park, Galway United departed with the valiant, plucky losers tag manager Sean Connor hates. A smashing encounter, sprinkled with goals and honest football ended in a cruel defeat as Dundalk eked out a win after United had twice fought back to equalise.
Ultimately all of United’s effort was in vain as an avoidable 86th minute goal from Shane Guthrie ensured a typically passionate Louth audience furiously celebrated their first League success of what promises to be a lively campaign. It was a tad harsh on the visitors, who had contributed so much to an eventful tussle, that they made the long trek home without any tangible reward.
Though United didn’t take any points, there was plenty to admire in the diligent and determined manner they examined the character of a Dundalk outfit that is blessed with decorated performers in Irish football. Any squad containing Colin Hawkins, Mark Quigley, and Jason Byrne has to be deemed serious contenders for all the silverware that is available, but United’s less heralded side competed with the necessary bite and bark.
Shaun Kelly’s invention and Karl Moore’s sparkling wing play were the main sources of United optimism on an evening which also marked a welcome return to top flight action for Alan Murphy. Though United went away empty-handed, there was a real doggedness to the display that suggests Connor has forged a battling spirit with a team that was cobbled together so briskly.
From the first whistle it was apparent that this would be a fixture dripping with goalmouth action. The artificial Oriel surface can be tricky when rain falls with such venom, and two minutes in United carved the home defence open when Gary Curran’s clever pass released Karl Moore, but Dundalk custodian Paul Murphy made a decent save.
Unsurprisingly, United were adopting a physical approach which annoyed the locals. Shaun Kelly clattered into Ross Gaynor after five minutes and was booked for the meaty challenge. Then Moore nailed Daniel Kearns moments later on the far side as United sought to disturb Dundalk’s passing style. It was certainly working as United moved the ball sharply forward into the channels where the willing Joseph Yoffe craved involvement.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.