Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
A ‘SHARP difference of opinion’ that flared up between Football Board Chairman, John Joe Holleran and selector, Martin McNamara in the aftermath of last Sunday’s Connacht semi-final defeat at the hands of Mayo on Sunday now looks set to be ‘parked’ as ‘a heat of the moment’ exchange.
In what was for a very troubled day for Galway football, as the side bade a very tame farewell to the Connacht championship at the hands of their greatest rivals, tension simmered on the line in the second half. Mayo grew more dominant by the minute, Galway were being hammered in midfield, and we took off three forwards!
Galway’s failure to win any decent vein of midfield possession in the second half against the Mayo brothers of Aidan and Seamus O’Shea, allied to the management’s inaction in making any switches in this sector, drew the ire of chairman John Joe Holleran, and also it must be said the vast majority of maroon supporters present in McHale Park.
The chairman, clearly aggrieved at the nature of Galway’s meek exit from the provincial series, proceeded to make his views known after the match to the management and the players, an outpouring of feeling that then led to ‘strong words’ being exchanged between himself and selector, Martin McNamara.
The Corofin mentor, who certainly wasn’t found wanting in his sideline efforts to ‘rev up’ the side during the match, took umbrage at what was said but peace eventually prevailed before the players departed what eventually turned out to be a very silent dressingroom.
It now seems likely that the matter will be ‘laid to rest’ without any recourse to disciplinary procedures. At times, feelings do run high in the GAA and both individuals were at least fuelled by a bit of passion for the game in the county.
An all-round bad day for Galway was made worse when a number of players decided to swop jerseys with their markers, leading to an official of the Football Board being given the unenviable task of entering the Mayo dressingroom charged with the task of recovering the maroon colours. His mission was apparently only a partial success.
Galway do have an official policy of not swopping jerseys, and while this might to be erring on the side of pettiness, a set of jerseys can set a county back over €1,200 a go. Also the sight of Galway players entering their own dressingroom with a Mayo jersey on their backs, after such an inept overall performance, is also understood to have ‘fired up’ some of the officials the wrong way.
In essence though, those matters were only side issues on an absolutely abysmal day for Galway football but there was little outpouring of emotion from manager Tomás Ó Flatharta, as he left the dressingroom at around 3.45.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.