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 County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.