Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
UNDER pressure Galway United manager Seán Connor expects that up to three players of the starting xv for tonight’s crunch clash with UCD at Terryland Park (7.45pm) will be playing their last game for the club.
Killybegs man Shaun Kelly or ‘Donegal Shaun’ as he is known, has already departed Galway this week, “by mutual consent”, and is reported to be in contract talks with other Airtricity League clubs – he is the first to go after the club issued a statement last Wednesday saying that all players in paid employment are free to leave in the transfer window due to an issue over unpaid wages.
More will follow him out the gap after tonight, said Connor, as the crisis deepens at Terryland. “I’d expect that one or two and possibly three players will be playing their last game for us. There’s been interest in a few players. It’s disappointing to see players leave but if players’ contracts are broken, if they haven’t been paid, then you can’t blame anyone for leaving. I just hope all the players keep me informed of what they are doing and in fairness they’ve done that,” he said.
United are also dogged with injuries for a match that Connor is targeting as a realistic chance to ‘stop the rot’ and bring to an end a horrible and unprecedented 15 straight defeats.
Defender Shaun Maher remains a doubt due to an ankle injury; Shane Keogh (foot), Joseph Yoffe, Jonathan Keane, and Seán Kelly are all ruled out and Connor said he may have just two or possibly three substitutes on the bench.
“I’m not putting players on the bench just for the sake of it – they have to be able to compete at this level,” he said.
With all the doom and gloom around Terryland, and with the club jumping from one crisis to the next, is it difficult to prepare his players for what is almost a must-win game if United are to have any chance of moving off the bottom of the league table?
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.