Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
THE ongoing saga over the expulsion of Connemara side Micheal Breathnach from the Galway senior football championship looks set to come to an end today, unless the Mountbellew-Moylough club lodges a shock new 11th hour appeal to the Connacht Council of the GAA.
Mountbellew-Moylough have until today (Thursday) to lodge a fresh appeal against a Galway Competitions Control Committee (CCC) decision to reject their original objection and award the qualifier tie to the South Connemara men on Monday night.
But is expected that Mountbellew will accept their defeat after the CCC heard fresh evidence about the eligibility of a substitute who featured for Na Breathnaigh in the contentious fixture on Sunday, May 29.
The CCC had originally awarded the fixture to Mountbellew, overturning the result of the game. Their decision was based on an objection relating to the eligibility of second half substitute Tommy Conneely.
The issue came back to the Galway authority this week after a hearing by the Connacht Council, brought about by an appeal from Na Breathnaigh.
“The decision of the CCC, based on clarification of a number of issues, is that the original objection from Mountbellew-Moylough has been ruled out of order and the result of the game will stand,” said the County Board Chairman, Gerry Larkin.
After the sides had both lost their first round ties, they met in the ‘back door’ qualifiers at Pearse Stadium on May 29, where the Connemara men registered a surprise 1-11 to 0-12 victory over the 2010 county finalists. The win guaranteed their senior status for next year and led to joyous celebrations in Salthill.
But, subsequent to the defeat, Mountbellew sent shock waves through Galway football when the lodged an objection to the CCC, claiming that young Conneely was not eligible to play senior football for the rival club.
Conneely and his family have a long association with the Indreabhan club and Na Breathnaigh were hugely aggrieved by the original CCC decision to award the game to Mountbellew, appealing it to the Connacht Council.
Conneely has played with underage Micheal Breathnach sides for five years, since he was U-14. His brothers and sister have also played for the club. But, because his family play in Camus (home of Na Piarsaigh), Mountbellew-Moylough claimed he needed a specific “permission to play” clearance to line-out at adult level.
The Connacht Council sent the matter back to the Galway CCC last week, asking them to revisit the issue by “reprocessing” the initial objection.
That led the CCC, after hearing further evidence, to declare the original Mountbellew-Moylough objection out of order on Monday night. The CCC awarded the fixture back to the team who had won it on the field of play on May 29.
Mountbellew-Moylough officials were due to meet last night (Wednesday) to discuss their response to the latest CCC decision, which will force them into the relegation play-off series.
“We will have to wait to see what people on the executive committee think, but time isn’t on our side as we would have to have an appeal registered by tomorrow (Thursday),” said club chairman Martin Rafferty prior to last night’s meeting.
Thankfully, the controversy has not impacted on fixtures. The club championship games which were scheduled to take place this weekend have been postponed as a result of the county team’s demoralising defeat to Mayo, in order to allow Tomas O Flatharta’s side prepare for their All-Ireland qualifier showdown with Meath on Saturday week.
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.