Date Published: 30-Mar-2011
NATIONAL League football matches don’t come more important than this one. Beat Armagh at the Armagh Athletic Grounds on Sunday (2.30pm) and Galway give themselves a fighting chance of retaining division one status.
Lose, and this management team and squad of players will suffer the ignominy of being the first senior football team from the county to have been relegated from a league division in 16 years, with one round still remaining. The stakes are high.
With two wins from five matches, and four league points, it looks like Armagh are safe but mathematically they’re not and the reality is this is a must win match for them too, with Mayo, Monaghan and Galway snapping at their heels and in with a chance of surviving at the northerners’ expense.
This fact was emphasised by Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke who this week has made no secret about the fact that his side needs a win against Galway to guarantee their division status – the last thing he wants is to have to travel to Cork the following week in need of a result against the All-Ireland champions, who might still be pushing for a league final spot.
The last occasion these two counties met in the league was in 2007, when both teams were flirting with relegation as well. Galway failed to score in the first 35 minutes in Pearse Stadium and trailed by six points at the break but Peter Forde’s men bounced back to win by two in the second half. Armagh were subsequently relegated.
The travails of Galway so far under manager Tomás Ó Flatharta are well documented but there were signs of ‘green shoots’ appearing in their plucky resistance that ultimately failed a fortnight ago against Cork. This Sunday will indicate if that was a temporary blip in Galway’s decline or whether it has given the necessary confidence booster to drive the Tribesmen on to record their first win of the campaign.
There is mixed news on the injury front this week: Pádraic Joyce, though not fully match fit, has returned to full training and despite taking a knock to his nose over the weekend, will more than likely be sprung from the bench on Sunday. The versatile Gareth Bradshaw, who has been sidelined for about two months with a hamstring injury, is also back and may feature at some stage.
A scan on Michael Meehan last week showed that while he won’t take part in any league match this year, the Caltra man should return for the championship, in eleven weeks.
See full preview in 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.