Date Published: 09-May-2011
GALWEGIANS have been given a major boost with the appointment of both Colm Rigney and Gavin Duffy as club coaches for the coming season 2011/12.
The club, who play in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B, have moved quickly to replace Eamonn Molloy who is stepping down after a successful three year term.
Rigney, a native of Portlaoise and from a well known rugby family, has been a professional with both Connacht and Leeds Tykes, where he won a Powergen Cup medal in 2005 and will assume the mantle of Head Coach.
Duffy, a native of Ballina and educated at Cistercian College Roscrea, joined Galwegians as a player in 2000 before moving on to professional rugby. He has played with both Harlequins and Connacht and has been an Irish squad member since 2004, winning 10 Irish International caps, including an appearance at the 2007 World Cup.
Commenting on the appointments, Galwegians Director of Rugby Mick Casserly said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of both Colm and Gavin for the coming season and hopefully beyond.
“We have an excellent balance given Colm and Gavin’s experience, having both played at the highest level. With the new changes regarding contracted players and 18 UBL games this coming season, we hope to continue producing more of our own home-grown players in addition to furthering the careers of players who may join.
“We believe we have the coaching staff in place now to improve on last season and attract quality players to Galwegians.”
The club recently retained their First Division status for the 11th successive season
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.