Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
IT’S like déjà vu all over again. For what must feel like the umpteenth time for the county’s ‘small ball’ followers, the Galway senior hurling squad face another fork in the road this weekend.
Lose and manager John McIntyre and his backroom personnel probably won’t need to be pushed or shown where the exit door is; lose, and many from the panel of players could well be consigned to the inter-county scrap heap of talent that never reached its full potential. That’s the stark consequences of failure for the Galway camp.
Win and, well, who knows . . . it may delay the inevitable . . . we may, in time, come to look back at the first weekend in July as a defining turning point of the Tribesmen’s season . . . but at the very least, win, and then Galway will tackle the next obstacle, face the next fork in the road, with a tad more confidence than they approach this do-or-die clash.
A win could also go some way to restoring pride in the maroon and white jersey after the Tullamore debacle against Dublin two weeks ago. Make no mistake, the stakes are high as Galway face neighbours Clare – confidence soaring after rattling reigning champions Tipperary in their Munster semi-final defeat a fortnight ago – in phase II of the qualifiers at Pearse Stadium on Saturday (7pm).
It is the biggest inter-county hurling championship match to be played at Pearse Stadium since Tipperary visited in 2003 but it is unlikely to be a massive crowd puller despite the reduced ticket prices – the match is televised ‘live’ on RTE, which will affect attendances, and if anything, Clare supporters could be in the majority, as they have more optimism about their chances than the home fans, still shocked from the Tullamore humbling.
McIntyre and selectors John Hardiman, Joe Connolly and John Moylan, have wielded the axe making five changes in personnel to the starting XV that faced Dublin, with captain Damien Joyce one of the casualties. There are several positional switches, too, as every positional line differs from the Dublin match – just seven players that started the last day retain the same place for Saturday.
Along with Joyce, Éanna Ryan and Aonghus Callanan – both hauled ashore in the Leinster semi-final – also lose out, as does midfielder Barry Daly and Cyril Donnellan, although knee and foot injuries respectively may have conspired against the latter duo, who may feature off the bench at some stage.
Castlegar man Donal Barry comes in at right-half back, alongside centre-back Tony Óg Regan and Adrian Cullinane on the other flank, in a balanced looking half-back selection.
The full-back position has a solid shape to it, too. Shane Kavanagh, number five the last day, returns to full-back, a position the Kinvara man made his own and excelled in all through the league and championship campaigns last season.
Liam Mellow’s David Collins, one of the few Galway players that did well in Tullamore, moves from full-back to left corner back, and Turloughmore’s Fergal Moore, who also wasn’t disgraced against Dublin either in his first championship outing for Galway since the 2009 campaign, switches to the right corner, where he will be tasked with marshalling Clare’s Conor McGrath, who bagged 1-6, 1-2 from play, against Tipp.
Portumna’s Andy Smyth is named in place of Daly at midfield, alongside St Thomas’ David Burke. In another surprising move, Ger Farragher, who has recovered from a knee injury, is selected at a perennial problem area for the county at centre-forward in place of Donnellan, although he may move back to centre-field at some stage renewing his partnership with Burke.
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.