Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
On the last occasion these sides were to meet West United raised the while flag and surrendered the points as just seven players were available for a home game against Oranmore. The Claddagh-based side were in the middle of a crisis and the following week they requested the postponement of a game against Corrib Rangers.
They shipped plenty of criticism at that time, but there is something tribal about West and in adversity they regrouped and not only had a good squad on the sideline in Oranmore on Saturday, but plenty of foot soldiers for support as well.
At the final whistle they all departed content as a 5-3 victory left their Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division survival in their own hands for a change.
Meanwhile fellow relegation candidates Salthill Devon showed some bottle themselves when sharing the spoils with Athenry, and it is down to the final games to see who goes down with Dynamo Blues.
The top of the table is equally challenging. Leaders Mervue Unite were not in action, but watched in amazement from their pole position as two of the challengers slipped up and certainly in the case of Oranmore ended their title ambitions.
Defending champions Athenry just picked up one point from two home outings, with a 4-2 home defeat against the Students really sapping the morale.
Meanwhile Hibernians have moved into second position as the Bohermore side used their games in hand to good advantage and have gone up the table almost unnoticed.
West United 5
With Oranmore having lost its way and on a losing streak, one can just imagine the West United pre match team talk, with the “get stuck in” philosophy being the polite version of the instructions!
And get struck in they did as two early goals had them in the driving seat before the home side woke from their slumber and in fairness responded very well to lead by 3-2 at the break.
The resumption saw parity for a spell, before West introduced some of their more seasoned performers and the final quarter was all about the visitors as they rattled home three without reply as the home challenge wilted.
West made the perfect start straight just after the kickoff as a little dink over the top released Enda Farragher and one of the more youthful members of the side ran on and opened their account.
Just 16 minutes had elapsed when Mathias O’Malley chested down a long punt, before turning and lobbing the advancing Conor Leydon for a 2-0 advantage.
Mike Fahy kick-started the Oranmore recovery just before the half hour mark as he chipped over Tony Cooke and occasional player manager Ollie Neary led by example by levelling matters as he hammered in a 25 yard screamer off the underside of the crossbar.
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.