Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
FROM the trauma of Tullamore to the collapse in Castlebar, this summer certainly has been rough on Galway GAA fans who could see both of the county’s flagship teams go out of the championship within a fortnight after yet another tale of woe from MacHale Park on Sunday.
The gloom which seems to have engulfed Galway sports teams during this washout of a summer showed no signs of abating as the footballers bowed out of the Connacht Championship with a whimper, before being handed a tough draw away to Meath in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
As if the hurlers’ collapse against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final was not demoralising enough, if anything the footballers outdid their small ball counterparts with one of the worst championship displays by a team in maroon and white in a provincial semi-final in years.
They managed one solitary point in the whole of the second half, as the appalling conditions set the mood for the few Galway followers who were very much in the minority in a crowd of 19,375.
With so many players out of position, and failing to come anywhere near the level of performance required, there were few positives to be taken from a fixture in which the Tribesmen managed to score only seven times.
On the basis of this performance, they will face Meath in Navan on Saturday week with trepidation. Michael Meehan might have made his long-awaited return after 14 months on the sideline, but this Galway side will not fancy taking on a Meath side who scored 5-8 (including four Cian Ward goals) against Louth on Saturday.
Meath away was always going to be one of the toughest possible draws from the qualifiers, a much stiffer task than the home game against Wexford which ended in a disappointing defeat and the end of Joe Kernan’s reign 12 months ago.
The game on Saturday week will be a repeat of the 2001 All-Ireland final between the counties, but for Galway followers the fear is that it will only serve to highlight how much the Tribesmen have fallen since the dizzy heights of that September afternoon almost ten years ago.
The slight improvement in form at the end of the League had given Galway followers false hope, as the reality is that Armagh have slipped away from the top tier in Ulster and Dublin were only going through the motions after qualifying for the final before the last game.
On Sunday, Galway looked like a Division Two side, bereft of ideas, and should have lost by more than the six point margin at the finish (1-12 to 1-6).
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.