Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Galway senior hurling manager John McIntyre has reaffirmed his faith in his players but admitted his side will have to improve significantly when they face Dublin in the Leinster semi-final in Tullamore on Saturday, June 18.
Although the Tribesmen emerged victorious over Westmeath on a scoreline of 4-17 to 2-14 in their provincial quarter-final clash in Mullingar last Saturday, it took a personal tally of 3-1 from Pearses’ Cyril Donnellan – in addition to four points from play from Damien Hayes – to get the visitors over the finish line.
It was far from a display of substance from McIntyre’s charges, who, having led by six points early in the second half, were put on the back foot by a Paul Greville 46th minute goal and were subsequently hauled in by a gritty Westmeath outfit by the end of the third quarter.
Tied at Galway 3-9 to Westmeath 2-12, McIntyre and his management team were forced to throw on their ‘big hitters’ in Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan, Eanna Ryan and Joe Canning late in the match to recover a precarious situation. The Tribesmen duly responded, outscoring their opponents by 1-8 to 0-2 in the closing quarter.
To some degree, that final scoreline only served to paper over the cracks of yet another disjointed Galway showing, but as McIntyre reiterated again this week, this tie against minnows Westmeath really was a no-win game for his charges.
“I remember two years ago we played Laois in O’Moore Park and we beat them out the gate. It didn’t do us much good in the long run, so we have to keep some perspective,” said McIntyre.
“Obviously everybody involved with this team – players, management and backroom staff – are disappointed with our overall performance the last day. But our basic objective was to go up there, play the game, get the result and move on. That mission was accomplished.”
However, in terms of the intensity required in the championship outings ahead, it simply was not there and one has to wonder was this not a concern for the management team.
“No matter how much you try to build up players for a game that they are overwhelming favourites to win – human nature being what it is – a team can struggle to bring the required levels of intensity to a fixture like that. So, I can understand what happened to us on Saturday night,” stated the Galway boss.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.