Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
THEY made hard work of it but in the end the Galway minor football team were full value for their eight points victory over hosts Sligo in the quarter-final of the Connacht Championship on Saturday evening.
The win was all-important in this knockout clash – there’s no backdoor – but manager Tommie Joyce, in his first season in charge, will be hoping his charges also blew away a few Leaving Cert cobwebs as they have a quick turnaround and face Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon in the semi-final this coming weekend.
The Tribesmen won’t get too carried away with the margin of the win – it should have been more – because despite their solid initial resistance, Sligo were a very average looking outfit that put in a poor performance in the second half. If Galway had somehow lost this clash, they could only blame themselves.
Galway were far superior for large chunks of the hour but they lacked a bit of sharpness and looked rusty early on, particularly in the scoring department – there is ample scope for honing their shooting, teamwork and interplay but the game time and match practice should bring them on.
The young Tribesmen had no real stand-out performances – although midfielder Seán Moran stamped his authority on proceedings after the break and Shane Walsh also turned on the style at times in the second half – and there’s room for improvement if Galway are to advance to a Connacht final, which would guarantee at least an All-Ireland quarter-final berth.
Both sides started nervously and tentatively in an opening half that will be remembered most for wastefulness and a lack of team play from the Galway attack – six players kicked a total of ten wides in the first 30 minutes and the Galway forwards spurned at least five more scoring opportunities, including a couple of goal chances, with poor shot selection and tame efforts that dropped into the welcome arms of Sligo ‘keeper Vincent Cadden, a frustrating feature.
It was just one point apiece after an error strewn 15 minutes of shadow boxing, full-forward Niall Murphy fisting the opener and Conor Rabbitte responding with a long-range effort that settled the visitors. Despite Galway owning possession for large tracts, Sligo were more economical and went two points up when Murphy and Stephen Kilcoyne (free) split the posts.
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.