Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
GALWAY sharpshooter Joe Canning, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late, will be named among the substitutes for the Tribesmen’s Leinster quarter-final clash against Westmeath in Mullingar this Saturday (7pm).
According to Galway manager John McIntyre, Canning has made significant improvement and, consequently, the Portumna ace will be listed in the match day squad for this weekend’s low key championship opener.
Unfortunately, Castlegar’s Ger Farragher (knee), Ardrahan’s Iarla Tannian (thumb) and Kilbeacanty’s Niall Donoghue (calf) are all definitely out, while Clarinbridge’s Alan Kerins is unavailable as he is out of the country.
Galway, however, should still present a formidable starting fifteen, including Liam Mellows’ David Collins, St. Thomas’ David Burke, Padraig Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan and Portumna duo Andy Smith and Damien Hayes. The Galway management team will be announcing the line out tonight (Thursday).
While there has been some pessimism regarding the Galway seniors over the past month – the lack of competitive inter-county action, perhaps, leaving the pundits with too much time to ponder the negatives – there have been shoots of life recently.
A competent performance against Division 2 champions Limerick last weekend was followed up with another encouraging display against the Galway U-21s on Tuesday evening. “Yeah, we played Limerick in Athenry on Saturday and we won that game 1-19 to 1-13. It was a useful workout and I think our players are beginning to strike form at the right time,” said McIntyre.
“We followed that challenge up with a challenge against the Galway U-21s on Tuesday and we had to put in a strong finish to win the match. The respective managements were doing a fair bit of experimenting, but Galway have a lot of promising young players coming through.”
Indeed, some of these U-21s – Burke, Loughrea’s Johnny Coen, Clarinbridge’s Barry Daly and Craughwell’s Ger O’Halloran – are all in contention for starting berths on Saturday. “The competition for places at the moment is intense and we are going to have to make some difficult decisions when picking the team,” stated the Galway boss.
“But you need that competition within a squad and it could easily happen that a player who is not named in the starting 15 against Westmeath could be one of the Galway heroes by the end of the summer. This is base camp for us and we are not looking beyond this game. Hopefully, though, there will be a big bounce in our players on Saturday.”
As for 2010 Christy Ring Cup champions, Westmeath, they come into this contest on the back of a first round surprise victory over Carlow. Brendan Murtagh (0-7, all frees), Derek McNicholas (2-0) and man of the match and captain Brian Smyth (1-2) were the Lake County’s top scorers in that 4-10 to 1-14 win.
Of course, Westmeath are now under the tutelage of Athenry native, Brian Hanley, who will be more than familiar with a number of the younger Galway players having coached them, alongside manager Anthony Cunningham and selector Pat O’Connor, at U-21 level during 2009 and ’10.
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.