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 County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.