Date Published: 17-Mar-2011
It’s probably not what a team needs after four defeats in a row with relegation staring them in the face . . . the visit of the All-Ireland champions Cork to town, who are hot on the heels of a big win over Down.
Things don’t really get any easier when you’re at the bottom of the pile and Galway will just have to circle the wagons and do their best at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (2.30pm) – their task though, by any gauge, is a daunting one.
Galway did put up the brave fight against Kerry in Killarney on Sunday but Jack O’Connor’s side still won with a fair bit to spare and there was an uneasy feeling that the Kingdom were only on half steam.
The bad news continues to pile up for Galway. Top forward Michael Meehan, desperately trying to recover from the ankle injury he suffered against Sligo last Summer, has suffered another setback and will now need further medical assessment.
In the continuing absence of Padraic Joyce and Sean Armstrong, Galway are critically short of quality scoring forwards so the latest news about Michael Meehan is the last thing supporters of the game in the county needed to hear.
There were a few crumbs of comfort last Sunday. Defensively, against real quality opposition, Galway did defend with commendable grit even if at times the ‘little and large’ threat of Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy just proved a step too far. But that duo will cause trouble to any defence.
Galway also won a reasonable amount ball around the midfield sector while Eoin Concannon at centre forward had the gimp of a player with the confidence to ‘cut it’ at county level over the coming months. Sean Armstrong and Gareth Bradshaw are ruled out of Sunday’s match with hamstring problems while a similar affliction struck Niall Coyne in the first half of the Kerry match last Sunday.
Mountbellew-Moylough’s Cathal Kenny – ruled out of the Kerry match with an eye injury – is recovering well but remains in the 50/50 category for the joust with Cork.
The Galway footballing family will be more than a little concerned watching Cork’s late demolition of Down in the old Flower Lodge soccer pitch, Pairc Uí Rinn, on Saturday night last.
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.