Date Published: 20-Jun-2011
The Galway senior hurling team management’s and players’ reputations, such as they were, are in tatters this week.
Reputations, already bruised from a desperate showing against Westmeath and indifferent National League displays, were completely shredded by Dublin in Tullamore on Saturday evening.
The Tribesmen’s disgraceful display proved their critics right: ‘that’ Irish Independent article published on the day of the match, in which three former greats, Noel Lane, Brendan Lynskey and Conor Hayes told some unpalatable home truths about the current crop wearing the maroon and white, turned out to be spot on.
Lacking a “mental toughness”, “physical ruthlessness” and “a savage will to win”, railed the old guard in the build-up. And Galway obliged, buckling meekly and cowardly under the pressure of a hungrier Dublin side. “Afraid to catch the ball” in case they’d break a nail or finger? Check. Players with inflated opinions of themselves playing like “a bunch of individuals”? Check. “Capitulate too easily”? Check.
Harsh words from ‘legends’ but fair comment, as the trio adequately summed up what Galway’s performance would be before the ball was even thrown in.
Galway manager John McIntyre, quick to dole out criticism to previous managements and players through his columns and reports in the Connacht Tribune down through the years, could hardly argue when the muck is flying back at his charges. “I appreciate more than anyone that the critics are going to have a field day.
“I heard some of the comments coming off the field, about management and the players being a disgrace to Galway hurling. We have to live with that for the next fortnight,” said McIntyre, who must have sensed the sound of ‘knives sharpening’ and ‘heaves brewing’ in the wake of the 2-7 to 0-19 defeat, one of the worst ‘performances’ from a Galway team in years.
There was never any sense that Galway wanted to reach a Leinster final, or had the wherewithal to get there – the first touch was brutal; as expected they couldn’t compete in the air; they were out muscled in the tight exchanges; and the shooting was awful. It was a mismatch in the hunger department, too.
The game-plan, apparently they had one, was all over the shop – at one stage in the second half when Galway were trailing by six or seven points and Dublin were down to 14 men, there were just two Galway players in Dublin’s half. Why, with an extra man, did Galway play it safe, go defensive, rather than throwing caution to the wind and use the spare man in attack?
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.