Date Published: 24-Mar-2011
JOHN Muldoon makes a welcome return to Magners League action this Saturday (5.30pm) after a three-month injury layoff as Connacht face Aironi Rugby away in Italy, where they have been beaten twice already this season.
Muldoon, who broke/fractured his arm twice in the past nine months, played the full 80 minutes in Connacht A’s win over Leinster A last Saturday.
Although he is unlikely to appear in the starting team sheet, which will be announced later today (Friday), he is certain to make an appearance at some stage. Hooker Seán Cronin returns from Six Nations international duty, but out-half Miah Nikora was not considered for inclusion in the squad as he will be sidelined for two or three weeks with medial ligament damage.
Aironi are winless in this their inaugural Magners League season, but have earned four of their six losing bonus points at home the Stadio Zaffanella in Viadana, where they have proved difficult to breakdown.
The Italian minnows, despite suffering 17 straight defeats, have grown in confidence as the season progressed.
And given that one of their two away losing bonus points was achieved at College Road at the beginning of this month, Connacht are expected to field a strong team as they set their sights on overtaking Newport Gwent Dragons into 8th position in the table. Connacht will also look to avenge for the losses inflicted by Prato and Treviso on Italian soil earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Elwood’s squad for the upcoming season was bolstered again this week when second row Mike McCarthy signed a contract extension that will see the Connacht centurion remain at the Sportsground until the end of the 2012/2013 season.
The London born former Newcastle, Wasps and England U21 player, who joined Connacht in 2003 for a year and returned again in 2007, earned his first cap in the Six Nations Championship for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons in February.
On Wednesday, two Galway natives blindside flanker Andrew Browne and exciting young centre Eoin Griffin, who caught the eye when putting in a man-of-the-match display in Connacht’s 26- 22 victory over Samoa last November, have also both signed two-year contracts.
Connacht’s backrow options next season were strengthe
ned by the signing of Eoghan Grace from Exeter Chiefs. The Waterford native is a Munster Academy graduate and former Ireland U21 representative plays openside flanker but can cover any of the backrow positions.
Grace has signed a two-year deal and joins Connacht at the start of the new season. The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement of the resigning of prop Brett Wilkinson and the signing of back-row TJ Anderson from Ulster.
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.