Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
GALWAY will be without the services of Salthill’s Sean Armstrong and Michael Meehan for their Connacht semi-final clash with Mayo on Sunday week next in Castlebar – although the Caltra clubman does have a chance of making an appearance at some stage in McHale Park.
Armstrong aggravated the old hamstring injury last Sunday morning that has dogged his footballing career and looks set to be out of action for the next four to six weeks.
At last though, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Meehan, who has been dogged by injury for the past 14 months. He suffered a serious ankle injury in the championship defeat to Sligo last July in Markievicz Park and since then has done everything possible to get back playing, but a combination of ankle and knee problems has meant that he has barely kicked a ball since.
However over the past week, the Caltra man has managed to put in some football time on the pitch without any repercussions so he could feature on the bench in Castlebar but he definitely won’t be starting. His return to action will be warmly welcomed by football fans not only in Galway but all over the country.
Galway had an encouraging one point win over Cork in Ennis last Sunday and although the All-Ireland champions were missing a half dozen first choice players, it was by all accounts a very positive performance from Galway.
A number of under-21s have been introduced to the panel with Milltown’s Mark Hehir a likely starter on the ‘40’ against Mayo in a forward line also expected to contain Gareth Bradshaw, Cormac Bane, Padraic Joyce, Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon.
The starting midfield pair will be Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin with goalkeeper Adrian Faherty likely to be fronted by Alan Burke, Colin Forde, Jonathan Duane, Gary O’Donnell, Greg Higgins and Gary Sice, although the team won’t be finalised until early next week.
Milltown’s Diarmuid Blake has also recovered from injury and is back in full training but one of the midfield stars of the All-Ireland under-21 winning team, Thomas Flynn, has been understandably out of the frame for the past few weeks due to Leaving Cert commitments.
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.