Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
IN September, one of the biggest global brands in sport – Ironman – will come to Galway, and indeed Ireland, for the first time ever. As the leading triathlon coach in this country, German native Peter Kern outlines that tri-athletes’ preparations for Ironman 70.3 Ireland are well underway.
Although there are numerous sprint, Olympic and half ‘ironman’ triathlons in Ireland, many of which are of a pretty high standard, these sporting events are run by individual clubs around the country and they do not carry the global brand of Ironman, which, Kern notes, is regarded as the “Mecca” of triathlon racing.
“Ironman is basically another level,” states Kern, in his best German lilt. “Whatever they do is extremely well-organised; they manage quite well to combine the sport and the show into one great spectacle. And people love it.”
Galway’s selection for the first corporate Ironman event in Ireland is something of a coup, but Kern, whose company PB3 Coaching has been designated the official training partner to the event, says the West of Ireland capital was an obvious choice.
“Galway has the structures to deal with lots of people. There are enough hotels, the landscape is quite famous and Dublin Airport is not too far away. It was almost the natural selection for an Ironman race,” continues the 36-year-old coach. “You could also have gone to Athlone or Killarney, but they, along with Galway, are maybe the only three locations which would be quite suitable for a race of this calibre.
“Galway, though, has always punched above its weight when attracting a high level of sports competitions, so there is obviously an expertise – how to do big races – there in Galway. Once you have success, then, you always get more success. That is what seems to have happened in Galway.”
Indeed, events such as the Galway Races and, indeed, the Volvo Ocean Race in June 2009 have served the West well and with over 2,000 participants expected to descend on the city – the race begins in Salthill and heads out towards Connemara and back again – it should bring with it a carnival atmosphere.
“If I remember correctly, there are 300 people coming from the UK, about 200 people from the United States, and 40 people from Germany. They have people from Switzerland and Austria; there are people from every continent who will be racing in Galway.”
Of course, there will also be a massive Irish entry in the gruelling event, which demands of the competitors to swim 1.9km, ride 90km on a bike and run for 22km, the latter of which equates to a half marathon. In preparation, Kern and PB Coaching are running a number of weekend training camps – beginning this weekend – in Galway and Dublin, along with numerous one-day orientation sessions to familiarise participants with the course.
“Basically, the plan is to run a camp in Galway every four weeks,” details Kern. “The camps are normally two days and apart from going through the course, we also try to educate people on running technique, cycling technique and swimming technique.
“So, for people who want to have the full package, they come to a two-day camp and for people who are more concerned about the course – how the course actually lines out – they will go more for the one-day camps. We would think there would be at least four one-day camps in Galway and I would really hope that we would have another three full weekend camps in Galway.
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.