Date Published: 04-Apr-2011
by Ciaran Tierney
If they are to go down, they are going down fighting. But there was enough spirit, determination, and sheer class in the Galway footballers’ shock Allianz NFL Division One victory over Armagh on Sunday to indicate that the Tribesmen might just salvage a campaign which looked sure to end in relegation.
Now, suddenly, they have a Division One lifeline. If they can beat Dublin at Pearse Stadium next Sunday (2.30pm), Monaghan fail to beat Mayo at home, and Armagh lose to All-Ireland champions Cork away from home, Galway will be playing top flight football next year. What a dramatic turnaround that would be after five straight defeats in the opening five games.
Nobody saw this one coming, even if there were glimpses of an improvement in the home defeat to Cork in the previous round. Galway were bottom of the table before the fixture at the Armagh Athletic Grounds and looked to be doomed when they trailed by 0-4 to no score after just six minutes.
The damage could have been even worse as a shot by full-forward Steven McDonnell came crashing back off Adrian Faherty’s crossbar. The few souls who made the long trip North must have felt a heavy defeat was on the cards but, instead, Tomas Ó Flatharta’s side turned on the style to outscore the Ulster men by 1-9 to 0-3 in the remainder of the first half.
They sorted out their defence, the towering Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin gradually took a hold in midfield, Gary Sice was sensational at wing back, while Padraic Joyce, Cormac Bane, and Paul Conroy kicked a succession of wonderful scores.
The return of veteran attacker Joyce, a late addition after Matthew Clancy tweaked a groin in the warm-up, clearly galvanised the men in maroon but, as Ó Flatharta was keen to point out, this was an excellent all-round team performance.
See full report – and Galway’s U21 Connacht Final triumph – in 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.