Date Published: 26-May-2011
THE injury crisis which has been stalking Galway hurlers all year has taken another turn for the worse as they could be without a number of their ace marksmen – Joe Canning, Iarla Tannian and Ger Farragher – when they face Westmeath in their Leinster quarter-final in Mullingar on Saturday, June 4.
Tannian will definitely miss the opening rounds of the Leinster championship with a broken thumb, while Farragher (knee) and Canning (hamstring) are in a race to be fit for the clash with the Midlanders on the first Saturday of June.
Farragher lined out for his club Castlegar on Wednesday night in the county championship and the team management will have kept their fingers crossed that the experienced midfielder/forward didn’t suffer a setback in their 2-22 to 3-7 heavy defeat to St. Thomas’.
These are not Galway’s only injury concerns. Fellow attacker Damien Hayes (knee) is also struggling, but the management are hopeful that he will be fit for the opening test, while David Collins (dead leg) and Eanna Ryan (hand) have also been nursing knocks sustained in the local club championships.
To compound matters, two other Galway players have just been released from the squad due to injury – defender Ciaran O’Donovan, who fractured his shoulder blade in Athenry’s defeat to Mullagh in the senior club championship at the weekend, and Sarsfields’ Kerril Wade.
Former minor and U-21 star Wade had only been recalled to the panel in the past month, but has been unable to shake off a quad and knee injury in this time which has prevented the attacker from doing any training.
“I am sorry for both players,” said McIntyre. “Ciaran picked up a shoulder injury that will, most likely, see him out of action for the entire summer, while it could be another three weeks before Kerril is able to resume full training and our championship campaign will be well underway by then. It is just desperate timing for the two players concerned.”
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.