Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
ONE of them might prefer his usual berth in the heart of the Galway defence and the other to be raiding Mayo from the left wing, but it looks as though Finian Hanley and Joe Bergin are set to start the 2011 Connacht Championship in the middle of the field when the Tribesmen open their campaign in Castlebar on Sunday.
Midfield has been identified as a problem area for Galway for some years now and new manager Tomas O Flatharta tried out the Hanley-Bergin axis to good effect in the later stages of the Allianz League campaign, when the side almost staged a dramatic escape from relegation after losing their first five games.
Hanley admits himself that he is more comfortable at full-back, where he has turned in many consistent displays for club and county over the years, while Bergin enjoys attacking a defence from wing-forward and taking scoring opportunities.
With fresh blood on the verge of making a breakthrough following the county’s joyous All-Ireland U-21 success on May 1, it may be something of a stop-gap partnership for the Tribesmen. But both men are happy just to be involved.
“Even growing up as a child, Mayo against Galway was always a massive game. It’s no different now as a player, it always whets the appetite and really gets the blood flowing. I’m not too sure how many games I’ve played now in the championship against Mayo, but I’d say it is pretty even-Stevens. There’s never much between us,” said Bergin this week.
“We know we have a big challenge ahead of us. Mayo had a decent League campaign, they consolidated their Division One status again, and going down to Castlebar is not going to be easy. But we are really looking forward to it, training has gone very well, and we are hoping to put in a big, big performance.”
The Mountbellew-Moylough man, in his 12th season with the county seniors, admitted that last year’s campaign was one to forget, with a draw and loss against Sligo being followed by the humiliation of a home defeat to Westmeath and the end of Joe Kernan’s ill-fated reign.
“That is behind us now. I suppose the U-21s have brought an extra dimension to it. They have really upped things since they’ve come in and they have kept us on our toes. It’s good for competition.
Everybody wants to start against Mayo and, unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. There are going to be a lot of lads disappointed, but they will be chomping at the bit to get in and turn the game our way if needs be.”
Hanley told Tribune Sport that the rivalry with Mayo remains as strong as ever, even if neither county has made much of an impact at a national level in recent years. He felt it was important that young players got game time in the League, such as when young Colin Forde took his No. 3 jersey while Hanley found himself in unfamiliar territory further out the field.
Both players have been impressed by how the young Killererin full-back adapted to the step-up to senior intercounty football, freeing up Hanley to work on his partnership with Bergin in centrefield since the conclusion of the League.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.